Cambridge Zero is pleased to be partnering with the University of Cambridge Careers Service on delivering the University’s third Green Careers Fair and second Green Careers Festival. The transition to a climate-resilient, net zero world will require skilled and talented individuals working in all sectors of society from finance and law to education and healthcare and avoiding the fossil fuel industry. The changes that will be needed both to mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to life with climate change are wide-ranging and will need innovative thinkers from across disciplines.
In collaboration with the Student Union, we have thought carefully about how to deliver a Green Careers Fair that supports all students to find jobs leading the change.
We have decided to showcase “green jobs”, irrespective of the sector (with the exception of extractive industries like oil, mining, and gas) because the transition to net zero will require action across all parts of society.
We have followed the British Council definition of a green job and have required all attending organisations to confirm that any roles they have to offer meet this definition:
Green jobs are “decent jobs in any economic sector (e.g. agriculture, industry, services, administration) that contribute to preserving, restoring and enhancing environmental quality.”In the face of the climate crisis, fair wages and good working conditions are crucial for building a sustainable future, attracting and retaining those who are passionate about solving the climate crisis.
The Green Careers Fair & Festival aims to showcase exciting green jobs and to inspire students to embark on a green career. It should be noted, however, that we cannot guarantee the broader green credentials of the organisations presenting, and therefore we strongly encourage students to use their critical judgment to consider this themselves. To help support students in making decisions about green careers that are aligned with their own values, the Green Careers Festival will include sector-specific panel events, resources developed by the Careers Service, including a recording of panel event held in 2022 focussed on “greenwashing”.
The Green Jobs sector is evolving rapidly. We intend our Green Careers Fair & Festival to be an annual event. We will keep our approach under review, recognising the complexities, and we welcome constructive feedback firstname.lastname@example.org
For further details and to register for the fair see here: https://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/green-careers-festival