Good Green Jobs for Whom?

A feminist critique of the green economy

Authored by: Beate Littig

Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415707749
eBook ISBN: 9781315886572
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315886572.ch21

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Abstract

‘Green economy’ and ‘green jobs’ have become new buzzwords in the international sustainable development discourse. Since 2008, after about twenty years’ debate, important supra- and international political actors have tried to steer heterogeneous and vague notions of what ‘sustainable development’ means in a particular direction. That direction is green growth via intensified investments into eco-efficient technologies and the economization of ecosystem services; in short, the global greening of capitalist economies is presented as the promising ‘way out’ of the global crisis. The promises of the green economy include the reconciliation of economy and ecology, the creation of new green jobs, and the reduction of social inequalities on a global scale.

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