August 12 highlights the annual celebration of International Youth Day. It is an international day dedicated to creating awareness, recognizing youth across the world and empowering the world’s youth to make positive contributions to their communities and nations.
The theme for International Youth Day this year is “Green skills for youth: Towards a sustainable world”. So, ‘green’ is at the centre of attention.
Global warming and drastic climate changes have been the talk of the day. Embarking on a ‘green’ transition – has been happening. A shift towards an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly planet, is very critical not only for responding to the global climate crisis, but for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Typically, a successful transition to a greener world will depend on the development of ‘green’ skills, and it includes technical knowledge – to enable the use of ‘green’ technologies in occupational settings, as well as values and attitudes to facilitate environmentally sustainable decisions in life as well as in work.
Today ‘green’ skills have heightened importance for GenZ. For starters, climate change disproportionately impacts the young first. Another fact is that it mostly affects poorer countries, many of which have the largest youth populations. These countries contribute little to global greenhouse gas emissions and also have the most limited capacity to adapt to the climate crisis.
This is where the ‘green’ entrepreneur comes in. To elaborate, a ‘green’ entrepreneur is someone who creates and runs a business in a way that is environmentally sustainable. This can include using renewable energy sources, recycling and upcycling materials & creating products or services that have a positive environmental impact.
How to become a ‘green’ entrepreneur?
There are many ways to become a ‘green’ entrepreneur. First, is to start your own business that focuses on environmental sustainability. Another way is to work for an existing organization that is committed to operating in a green and sustainable manner. You can also get involved with ‘green’ initiatives in your community or society, such as starting a community garden or organizing a neighborhood clean-up day and so on.
No matter how you choose to become a ‘green’ entrepreneur, it is important to remember that sustainability is the key to success.
So, in order to create a successful and sustainable business, you must be constantly thinking about ways to reduce your environmental impact and operate in a more efficient and eco-friendly way.