The Green Movement and The Green Jobs Movement

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An announcement on January 10, 2012, by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, that the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic timepiece whose sweep toward midnight signals global environmental disaster, is moving closer to the bewitching hour; it is now 11:55 p.m. (Doomsday Clock, 2012). Significant causes of the Doomsday scenario are economic. Global nations' fiscal reforms, expenditure cuts and deregulation including elimination of rules led to worse environmental states. This led to The Green Movement. The Green Movement centers on concentrated questioning, critical analysis, and exploring fundamental root causes of problems (Foundation for Deep Ecology, 2012). This initiative looks to build a green economy where public and private investments are the engines that drive jobs and wealth while reducing the carbon footprint, diminishing pollution, and protecting ecosystems. Friedman (2006) calculates that the energy sector (including oil, coal and gas) receives about $3 billion in federal funding for research and development, with another $5 billion in private sector and venture funds. If accurate, that amounts to roughly 0.8% of revenues in the energy sector. In contrast, Friedman asserts, manufacturing sectors average 6-8% of revenues. The movement looks to tax carbon-intensive fuels. It is seen as a more economically efficient mechanism but it is probably politically unfeasible. Another option is imposing policies to encourage an eco-friendly country. Morgan (2007) presents the following list of criteria for policies aimed at mitigating climate change, a list which is also applicable to the support of eco-innovation. An effective policy must be: 1. Well-targeted: so that subsidies go only to those who are meant and deserve to rece... ... middle of paper ... ...h rightly prods both China and America." Buffalo News, The (NY) 16 Dec. 2007: Newspaper Source. 2. Periodical Article: Hill, Robert J. "A Deeper Shade Of Green: The Future Of Green Jobs And Environmental Adult Education." Adult Learning 24.1 (2013): 43-46. ERIC. 3. Journal: Johnson, Daniel K.N.Lybecker, Kristina M. "Paying For Green: An Economics Literature Review On The Constraints To Financing Environmental Innovation." Electronic Green Journal 1.33 (2012): 1-10. Professional Development Collection. 4. Periodical Article: Walsh, Bryan. "The War On Coal." Time 178.20 (2011): B1. Middle Search Plus. 5. Journal: Davenport, Coral. "Climate Fight Could Move To The Judiciary." National Journal (2011): 19. TOPICsearch. 6. Website: "New York State Department of Labor." New York State Department of Labor. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. .

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