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Labour and the Environment: A Natural Synergy

— sector: Energy efficiency, Industry (greening of)
— theme: Skills and employability, Labor standards
— country: Asia, Pacific, Other Regions
— type: Reports

UNEP - 2007. Labour and the Environment has long been perceived as an issue vested with highly conflicting interests. Most of the world population relies on natural resources and the environment for wages, if not simply for survival. Many workers share the fear that strengthened environmental policies will lead to job losses. However, perceptions of conflicting interests have evolved over the years. A number of studies, as well as practical experience, have made it clear that changing production and consumption patterns and adopting new techniques and methods – which are among the alternative ways out of the current environmental crisis – will foster job creation. Protecting our natural resource base and the environment will actually contribute to protecting employment and fighting poverty.

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