At a COP 21 side event, Gilbert Houngbo, ILO Deputy Director Field Operations and Partnerships, explains that while moving to a sustainable economy will have profound implications for the world of work, with the right policies in place, many tens of millions of jobs can be created.
The video presents how climate change, which results in extreme weather events all over the world, is affecting those who depend on the weather for their livelihoods, including farmers in the Southern Philippines. It shows how the International Labour Organization (ILO) is working with local stakeholders to develop innovative financing schemes to help vulnerable populations enhance their production and diversify their sources in order to better cope with climate change impacts. It also talks about supporting the development of an innovative insurance scheme based on weather indexes to further protect the livelihoods of farmers.
The video documents success stories and learning processes of young entrepreneurs who received the Start and Improve Your Green Business (SYGB) training and coaching as well as start-up capital by the Central Bank of Indonesia, as part of CO-Jakarta Youth Employment activities in Indonesia, funded by Sida.
In the Southern Philippines, farmers' lives and the weather are intimately interwoven, but something is changing, now that the rains in Agusan del Norte are too heavy, the sun shines too fiercely. Now there's hope for poor farmers with the community-based approach monitoring and Weather Index-Based Insurance packages, to warn people when heavy weather is on the way.
Weather extremes brought on by climate change are making farmers in the Philippines more vulnerable each year, and loans and other assistance are not easy to come by. Evarista is like many farmers in Agusan del Norte province, she knows that when the Agusan River floods, it's not only her crops that are destroyed but her capital for the next growing season washes away with it.
Interview with Mr Ravindra Peiris, employers' representative, Sri Lanka at the ILC 2013
Interview with Mr Guntur Witjaksono, Government representative, Indonesia at the ILC 2013
Interview with Ms Iftida Yasar, Employers' representative, Indonesia at the ILC 2013
Interview with Mr Ishak Mu'In, Employers' representative, Indonesia at the ILC 2013
Interview with Mr Upali Wijayaweera Wallaba Jayatissa Liyanage , Government representative of Srilanka at the ILC 102nd session, June 2013.
Interview with Mr Ponciano Ligutom, Government representative of the Philippines at the ILC 102nd session, June 2013.
Interview with Mr Leslie Shelton Devendra, Workers' representative, Sri Lanka at the ILC 102nd session, June 2013.
The interview on the link between the World of Work and the state of environment was conducted with representatives from Employers (Sri Lanka), Workers (Argentina) and Government (Indonesia, Namibia) at the ILC 102 in Geneva.
A talk show on Green Jobs for Youth was hosted by the ILO Green Jobs and Youth Employment programmes in cooperation with Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Bangkok on 13 December 2012. The talk show was organized in the context of the Expert Group Meeting on Green Growth, Green Jobs for Youth took place in Bangkok on 12-13 December that jointly organized by UNDESA, ESCAP, ILO and UNEP.
While large international hotel chains in Thailand have their own energy-saving practices, many older and mid-sized, locally-owned hotels do not have the resources for major adaptations. The Greener Business Asia project, supported through the ILO-Japan Multi-bilateral Programme and the Prince of Songkla University, has been successfully working with mid-sized hotel operators and their staff in Phuket to come up with innovative practices that are cost-effective to implement and provide incentives for both staff and management alike. These 'green teams' have brought managers and their staff closer together.
70% of all families living in Bangladesh’s countryside are not connected to the national electricity grid; the power lines either haven’t reached their villages or the cost of connection is too high for them. But now, with help from the ILO and Australia, and encouraged by the central government some villagers can get low cost solar power as an alternative energy source. And new skills are required to bring solar power to Bangladesh’s villages, which is creating the demand for “green jobs” to get the job done. The video is made possible through the support of Green Jobs in Asia project under the ILO-Australian Government Partnership Agreement 2010-2015.
An intervention under the framework of the Green Jobs in Asia project in Sri Lanka, supported by the ILO-Australian Government Partnership Agreement 2010-2015. The project intervention focused on creating and promoting green jobs in solid waste management sector in Sri Lanka.
An intervention under the framework of the Green Jobs in Asia project in Sri Lanka, supported by the ILO-Australian Government Partnership Agreement 2010-2015. The project intervention focused on creating and promoting green jobs in sustainable tourism sector in Indonesia
This short video highlights the views of constituents from government, worker and employer organizations on the ILO's green jobs initiative in Indonesia. The Green Jobs in Asia project (2010-2012) was supported by the Australian Government - ILO Partnership Agreement (2010-2015).
This short video highlights the views of ILO constituents from the Asia-Pacific region - and why they're buying into the move to green jobs.
(Produced by ILO DCOMM Geneva) In the southern Philippines, the lives of farmers and the weather have always been intimately connected. But now, the effects of climate change are making farmers' livelihoods even more vulnerable. By monitoring severe weather, a project implemented by the ILO is helping protect farmers from the worst effects of climate change, and insuring those most at risk.
UNEP - Cleaning the environment and securing a sustainable future for the planet can create millions of green jobs. In India the Self Employed Women’s Association - SEWA - has brought together over a million women toiling in the informal sector and is already putting into practice each and every element of a sustainable green economy.
BBC News- 11 June 2012 India has risen to the challenge of feeding its need for energy by investing in clean technology. Last year, India dedicated over $10 billion to green energy - more than any other major world economy. The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from rural Maharastra in India.
LITE was part of the IRRI-led project Poverty Elimination Through Rice Research Assistance, funded for Bangladesh by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development. It set out to discover the exact cause of an expected drop in rice yield when farmers stop spraying insecticide. The original aim was to identify safe alternatives to insecticides.
AP Green Jobs Network programme on "Green Jobs in Bangladesh" discusses what green jobs are and how a project in Bangladesh is providing green jobs in solar energy. The project discussed is part of the Green Jobs in Asia regional project that is sponsored by the Australian Government - ILO partnership agreement (2010-2015). The show is hosted by Sophy Fisher, ILO Regional Information Officer. The guests are Matthew Hengesbaugh, ILO Project Coordinator for Green Jobs in Asia; Farida Shahnaz, ILO National Project Coordinator; Nabi Khan, ILO Senior Programme Officer; and Dr Shahidul Islam, Head of International Cooperation & Development at Grameen Shakti, Grameen Bank.
This programme looks at the potential of "green jobs" for creating decent work opportunities for youth. The panel for this show were: Ms Ellen Duwe (student at Johns Hopkins University); Mr Anas Ali (student at Pan Asia International School); Mr Vincent Jugault (ILO Senior Specialist in Environment and Decent Work); and Mr Matthieu Cognac (ILO Youth Employment Specialist). Moderator: Ms Sophy Fisher (ILO Senior Communication and Public Information Officer)
The majority of homes in Bangladesh aren't connected to the national electricity grid.This is particularly true in rural areas away from the main transmission lines. Many homes and shops rely on environmentally unfriendly diesel generators. But the government has been working with the ILO, social partners and civil society groups to train rural people in solar power use. This combines an economic and social need with green jobs' skills and creates entrepreneurial opportunities through the installation and maintenance of solar homes systems. The work is supported by the Australian Government - ILO Partnership Agreement (2010-2015). Allan Dow of the ILO's Regional Partnerships Unit (Asia-Pacific) reports from Bangladesh. Copyright ILO 2012. All rights reserved. B-roll in HD is available for broadcasters on request - email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Livelihoods and Forestry Programme (LFP) has been enhancing the lives of rural people in Nepal since its inception in 2001. A non-governmental organisation, LFP is supported by the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Nepal (GoN). Working in 15 districts of Nepal and encouraging the good practice of sustainable forest management LFP has begun to improve the livelihoods of the people living within these communities.
Anshu Gupta is the founder of Goonj, a volunteer-run recycling center in New Delhi. Anshu shows how Goonj recycles garments to provide clothes, schoolbags, sanitary napkins and other amenities for Indias poor.
SEWA consists of informal sector workers dependent on Green livelihood sources like Agriforestry, water harvesting, rural infrastructure etc building sustainable livelihood options for women.
The Barefoot College in India was founded by Bunker Roy to provide knowledge and training to the rural poor to empower them to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable. The solar course at Barefoot College has women from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Columbia, and Guatemala. And now Rafea from Jordan. She is the first Jordanian woman ever to attend such a program, and she dreams of returning to bring much-needed income and talents to support her family and village.
Green Business Option (GBO) in China has been implemented by the ILO Green Jobs in Asia and the Pacific Region. This is a training programme aiming to enable potential entrepreneurs, particularly youth, to develop sustainable business ideas and micro and small-scale start ups, highlighting the green business opportunities engaged from defining solutions to unprecedented environmental challenges such as climate change.
Last year in Philadelphia, Amtrak started started tearing things up as part of new work on the west plaza of their 30th street station, replacing the underground parking garage roof. The only problem was it was right next to a new public space called the Porch, which had been created by the University City District, a non-profit in Philadelphia. So the team with the district decided to create an innovative green wall to block the views of the construction, providing a new model for how to camouflage the unsightly. According to Nate Hommel, ASLA, capital projects manager with the district, an average of 1,000 people walk past the popular Porch each hour.
GERES has worked with local NGOs in Ladakh to design a robust greenhouse that captures and retains the suns heat. It has built 600 greenhouses that enable villagers to grow vegetables throughout the year - even when temperatures drop to -25°C. Greenhouse owners eat eight times more vegetables than before and their incomes have increased by 30 percent. The project is leading to better nutrition and health for over 50,000 people a quarter of the local population.
Despite living in the sunny tropics, many people in the Philippines spend their days in darkness cramped together in make-shift homes with limited privacy and electricity. However, a locally raised social entrepreneur and Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz has developed a green, cheap and simple method to illuminate homes – plastic bottles filled with water and bleach and installed into rooftops. More than 350,000 people have already had the bottles fixed to their homes and the technology has spread to ten countries. Russell Beard travels to the Philippines to meet Diaz and some of the people he is training to become Liter of Light installers so that they can earn a green living in their own communities.
Climate change and environmental degradation pose significant challenges to economic growth and employment today, and risks will be greater in the medium-to long-term. By contrast, if properly managed, climate change action can lead to more and better jobs. Both adaptation to climate change and measures to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions offer opportunities to create new jobs, while securing existing ones.