In addition to effects on environmentIn the quality of life and the air we breathe, climate change creates new conditions in a number of sectors, such as labor. New professions or even old ones with a new role have now appeared. These are the new so-called “green professions”.
The Orientation and Professional Career Sciences Laboratory of the Faculty of Philosophy of EKPA has prepared a new career orientation guide with the aim of helping students to “navigate” in the new professional reality such as she formed.
The laboratory director, Katerina Argyropoulouindicates to the APE-MPE that “green professions” are the new trend, but even the most traditional professions can become “greener”.
What are the new professions?
But what are these new professions for which demand has already started to increase? It is a “range of professions that have emerged as a result of climate change, such as environmental engineers, geologists, hydrologists or specialists in the study of the atmosphere, planners of “smart” houses or even “smart” citieshydroponic/organic farmers, textile and paint specialists, antifouling installation technicians, material recycling plant operators/maintenance of photovoltaic and solar systems,” Ms. Argyropoulou points out and adds that there are also “ new paths” of old professions, “such as lawyers for ecological protection issues, visual artists with non-toxic materials, climate protection ambassadors, scientists specializing in artificial intelligence, specialists in environmental development , consultants in sustainable entrepreneurship, creating professions that move away from overconsumption that contribute to a healthier planet”.
This does not necessarily mean that other more “classic” professions it’s about to be lost, as long as they adapt to the new reality that has formed. “The sustainability of these professions is linked to the choices we make and this also concerns our professional life.
Ecological well-being tends to become a common pursuit as we see e.g. companies representing the fast mode and have been criticized for their tactics of showing environmental concerns by creating clothing from recycled materials.
There are certainly ways for each professional to act in a more environmentally friendly way, either by recycling the materials they use, or by choosing materials that are less restrictive for the environment”, underlines Ms. Argyropoulou, referring to the redistribution both economic and natural resources. wealth, which will result from new professional choices, as well as from a new hierarchy of needs.
“Think about the issue of energy or the issue of overconsumption. If our way of life changes, our priorities will certainly change, which will affect all professions and the economy in general. Over the years, of course, and after establishing a healthier, eco-friendly mentality – eg. if we get to the point where we stop running on gas, some professions risk falling into oblivion, as happens with any major socio-economic change.
THE EKPA Guidance and Career Science Laboratory taking into account the environmental impact on the development of the professional career of individuals has developed a counseling intervention entitled: “Career in…green”, aimed at cultivating ecological awareness for the career.
“The intervention uses the 4 main pillars of career guidance (self-knowledge, career information, decision-making, transition) and links them to environmental aspects. The intervention is implemented either as part of an information collective vocational guidance, or by the provision of individual vocational guidance services.
In other words, the specific intervention helps beneficiaries understand what is happening in the environment, what it means for their own career and the careers of others, and to think about how they might respond and capitalize. on this phenomenon in relation to a “green” future”, underlines the director of the Laboratory of Sciences of Orientation and Professional Career of the Faculty of Philosophy of EKPA.
The good news is that in Greece there are already educational institutions that award degrees in the fields mentioned above. “Currently, in the computerized report of the 2nd area, there are two departments of environmental engineering in Thessaloniki and Xanthi as well as environmental departments in Larissa, Mytilini and Zakynthos which can be accessed from both the 2nd and the 3rd and 4th scientific domain.
In fact, these are departments with a very weak base, which is partly explained by the fact that they are outside Athens but, above all, because, unfortunately, still in Greece, we don’t have not fully realized the importance of these professions for our future. In fact, a recent survey shows that only 1% of national professionals work in this field, which is the lowest percentage in Europe.
Of course, there are other departments related to anti-pollution technologies and environmental protection, like, for example, the departments of geology and geoenvironment, oceanography and marine life sciences, mineral resources engineering, agriculture , materials science, physics and chemical engineering, with the appropriate specializations. However, a mathematician, chemist, civil engineer, architect or computer scientist can, well, with the proper mastery, join this very interesting and critically important professional field which concerns the welfare of the community. world”, notes Ms. Argyropoulou .
In conclusion, he stresses that young people, whatever professional path they choose to follow, must redefine their values with environmental sensitivity, aiming at quality of life, developing “green” and “ecological” skills (awareness of environment, promotion of sustainable development, green technologies) who cultivate a new “green” role, discover modern professions and try to find their aspects related to sustainability, seek information on climate change and act with sensitivity in the face of challenges .
For the compilation of the new guide, the following people collaborated: Maria Divari, Aspasia Karavia, Aristides Lorentzos, Katerina Mikedaki, Nikolaos Mouratoglou, Penelope Belki, Panagiota Benekou, Sofia Papatheodorou, Maria Skoulaki and Argyro Harokopaki.