Leveraging Your Climate Change Knowledge for Green Jobs

Believe it or not, there is not a dedicated climate change major at the undergraduate level at the University of California Santa Cruz.  Environmental Science, one of the premier programs of the institution regularly covers much of the topics of climate change, but many other non-environmental science majors miss out on the discussion. To reach an in depth analysis, one must enter a graduate program. The Geology 290L course titled: "Topics in Climate Change" is only available to graduate students. Considering this particular university, which is considered one of the greenest in the nation and the world, it can be assumed that most universities do not even educate most of their students on the effects of climate change. What does this mean for the professional out there looking for green jobs? It means that if you can educate yourself on the issues and topic around climate change, you would be in much better position to get those 2 million green jobs America is trying to create.

Where to start. Start here! A degree in Climate Change Science might be time consuming for most professionals just looking to upgrade their climate change literacy, however reading a few quick posts here and there around the internet would be good to prime your interest. Some posts of particular importance are to get you started. After you gain some insight into the natural science side of climate change, you're going to have to understand the unfortunately large political side of the climate change issues. We cover those as well. Of course I am biased, but the justmeans climate change section is targeted for professionals looking to gain more insight about climate change.

Other places. The only other blogs I would suggest are the ones I read: BBC, The Guardian, and the New York Times. The BBC and the Guardian, however, often go off topic with and they end up covering topics in their climate change section which really belong in their environment and biodiversity section. The Times comes up with some great pieces, however, they do not come up on a regular basis and are covered by writers who report on climate change, rather than climate change individuals that so happen to write (yours truly, and the rest of the climate change team on justmeans: Brian, Paul, Nick, Richard).

An example of why it is useful to be able to hold your own in a conversation regarding climate change -- a telephone interview. Recently, I had a phone interview and as always I am questioned about my work with Justmeans and climate change. It peaks interest because other than the recent BP Oil spill, it is the largest environmental problem we are facing. Interviews are meant to be short, so I was able to quickly go over the causes of climate change, the effects of climate change, and what climate change means to businesses, the interview went very well.

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Post update Aug/3/2010: In a previous version, it may have been construed that UCSC does not have a climate change curriculum, which was inaccurate. The change in the wording was made: "there is not a dedicated climate change major." --Good looking out Amelia