The last born of the climate jobs campaign family is known, and its name is Un million d’emplois pour le climat (One million Jobs for climate).
The French Un million d’emplois pour le climat was launched on the 12th January 2017 by a consortium made up of trade-unions, social organizations and environmental movements, as an attempt to introduce the ecological transition in the public debate, and to present alternatives in facing the ecological transition and the social transition in a synergetic way. The campaign produced a report to that effect entitled Un million d’emplois pour le climat. That report was jointly prepared and published by Alofa Tuvalu, Alternatiba, Friends of the Earth, Attac France, Heinrich Böll Stiftung France, Collectif Roosevelt, Confédération Paysanne, Emmaüs, Fédération Syndicale Unitaire (FSU), Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, Mouvement National des Chômeurs et Précaires (MNCP), Réseau Action Climat, Union Syndicale Solidaires.
The aim of the campaign is to call for the creation of One million climate jobs by 2020 in France, following the below modalities:
1- Create 250,000 supported jobs labelled “ecological transition” jobs
2- Create 100,000 “ecological transition” jobs in the public services
3- Invest in ecological transition private sectors to create 650,000 jobs
4- Address the antagonism between climate protection and jobs loss in fragile sectors. This should be done through a conversion, which must be anticipated and territorialized and through an adapted training and skill development
5- Ensure the quality and social protection of just ecological transition jobs
6- Launch structural changes to adapt jobs to the ecological transition framework
7- Condition support for the private sector to the creation of quality jobs, particularly in ecological transition sector.
Such energy transition will see the disappearance or the drastic reduction of jobs in sectors such as:
Nevertheless, despite the disappearance or reduction of jobs in the above sectors, there are potential for the creation of thousands of job positions is several other sectors as follow:
At the end of the day, a total of 1 446 000 climate jobs will be created, and 446 000 current jobs will disappear, for a net figure of 1 000 000 climate jobs created by 2020 in France. This will cost approximately 104.7 Billion to the French economy.
According to the report, there are several sources from which money can be gathered. Mostly we can mention:
That is why, the report concludes by stating that problem is not the lack of funding, as there are multiple potential sources. The problem at the moment is the total lack of political willingness to engage on the path to ecological transition. That is why, beside the bill on ecological transition and green growth passed in 2015, it is now important to carry the issue to the public space and include it in public debates in order to forge a real ecological transition conscience and force the leaders to engage in that path, starting from the local levels. The campaign plan is to involve in popular education and influence the public debates, mostly during this 2017 electoral year.
* The Quantitative easing is a monetary policy in which Central banks increase the availability of money by putting more capital at the disposal of financial institutions. By so doing they participate in decreasing the interest rate and encourage more lending and liquidity flow. In this line, the French campaign is proposing that the central bank should provide more money (in this case 60 billion Euros per year) to financial institutions to ease lending and increase liquidities, but in this case specifically for the purpose of Ecological transition. As such lending the money, either by States, companies/corporations or even individuals will be condition to the investment in ecological transition projects and activities.
Summary written by Chrislain Eric Kenfack
PhD Programme “Democracy in the XXI Century”
Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) | Centre for Social Studies
Faculty of Economics(FEUC)
University of Coimbra
Originally Published on January 26, 2017 globalclimatejobs.org