Creating New Job Opportunities in an Extreme Climate Change Work Place and Community
Ivan Potter, Geographer/Futurist
Climate Change scares most of us. We have been told how this new age will take away our jobs and destroy our ability to produce cheap energy. We, as a culture, seem to want to just put our heads in the sand and pretend all will be good as Climate Change washes over us like a summer rain storm.
But this will not be the case. Change will now be part of who and what we are. We will change how and where we live. We will go to college as before. We will party with the same friends at the same in crowd spots. However, how we earn money for work performed will change a great deal.
19th and 20th Century Transformation
Some of the treasures of decor in my office are old photo images of early 20th century Clinton. The first image shows shows the entire north side of the Clinton businesses as of 1908. The profile is of 14 buildings and their environment. Dominant within the photo image of the north side of the city central business district are: (1) horses and budgies, tied to public hitching posts; (2) gravel streets (3) new brick two story buildings and (4) new telegraph poles/wires.
The next image is of the same street, circa 1916, a mere eight years later. On the same north side of the business square: (1) total replacement of horses and budgies with Model T autos (2) gravel streets replaced with paved streets (3) new telephone poles and wires (4) 10 new buildings on the next business section of downtown, located on the east side and northeast side of courthouse.
In a flash of civilizational time, Clinton went from a thriving county seat of the 19th century to a more complex and thriving city of the early 20th century.
Whole sets of job skills and needs disappeared overnight to be replaced with new job skills and work.
This same model of work disruption is now underway with regard to the needs and opportunities of a new 21st Century.
Listed below are jobs and work skills that may be needed for a cultural and civilizational transition into a new world being shaped by Climate Change.
Possible New Jobs in Climate Change World