Now, more than ever, we need people working to save the planet
Careers That Harm the Planet
In big ways or small, make money and provide jobs
Careers That Help the Planet
Are hard to come by and aren’t well funded
The World Needs More Indie Greens
Innovative people doing amazing work that saves, repairs and improves the planet.
What can be done?
There has been a shift in the way people work. Two big trends are impacting the world of work:
- Increasing automation. This is leading to large scale loss of traditional jobs. Area that thought they would be safe have found even their jobs could be under threat. Nurses and lawyers have discovered that parts of their jobs can now be automated. I used to think conservation was one of the lucky few that was automation proof, then they started flying drones over land carrying out surveys. It can happen to anyone.
- The Internet. Yes, I know it’s been around for a while now, but opportunities are still surfacing in how we can use it. The first to take advantage of the changing world of work were internet start-ups like Uber and Deliveroo that kicked off the gig economy. But it has also brought advantages to a wide range of people like authors, musicians, online trainers and coaches to name a few.
This got me thinking that there have to be creative ways in which greens can come up with the projects they care most about and self fund their work using the tools the internet now provides. Funding and marketing are key. There’s no point in beating about the bush, you need money to feed, clothe and house yourself as well as the funds to run a project. So how does an indie green finance and promote their projects and themselves?
This question kicked off my own experiment in working out how it could be done. For the last two and a half years I have been working as an independent and testing a range of possible options, as well as interviewing others who have set up as indie greens.
So far I have:
- Done freelance consultancy in environmental skills, fundraising and development
- Provided career coaching in the green sector and becoming an indie
- Delivered training courses
- Set up a freelancers jobs board (how SEES Jobs started)
I have also been working on but haven’t yet launched:
- A “How To” book - for passive income and marketing purposes
- Webinars - as a way to scale up training income and provide additional passive income
I am still on a journey of discovery, in part to see what brings in the most money, what provides the greatest impact in terms of outcomes for environmental projects and what I enjoy doing. The fun thing about being an indie-green is that your job can evolve. I found that I didn’t enjoy coaching so I dropped it. The jobs board was a never-ending chore and I realised I want to be completely autonomous and not have any clients at all, so I have repurposed it. That’s something I haven’t addressed yet on this site (but will in a blog), there is tremendous satisfaction from working for yourself and driving your own projects forward. It’s a newfound freedom I never want to give up.
I hope this website will provide similar inspiration to you. If you have a passion for the environment and want to do work that is meaningful for you, and makes a difference to the world, then it’s time to stop hoping some green organisation out there will hire you. It’s time to take action. Don’t wait for somebody else to give you permission to follow your dream. Get out there and do it for yourself.
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