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Who’s Hiring?

In this episode of CPR’s Connect the Dots, host Rob Verchick and his guests explore industry sectors and jobs that are particularly vulnerable to climate change, as well as the potential for significant job creation in technology, infrastructure, adaptation, mitigation, and the just transition to a clean, carbon-free economy.

Over the past year, we’ve watched millions of people lose their jobs, take pay cuts, even seek new career paths due to the cascading effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was — and still is — a tough time to make a living. 

There are close parallels between this public health crisis and the climate crisis, and the job market sits directly in the center of the two. Certain business sectors are more vulnerable than others to climate disruption. On the other hand, there’s a wide range of new jobs being established to support technology and infrastructure, and there’s newfound interest in climate adaptation and mitigation.

So, in the face of these dual global crises, the question is: Who is hiring?

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Dr. Kimberley Miner is a scientist and systems engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in California. View bio.
Lowell Chandler is a Montana attorney specializing in renewable energy. View bio.
Valerie Mueller is an assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. View bio.
Renata Brillinger is the co-founder and executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network. View bio.
Sean Hecht is the co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, and co-director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at UCLA School of Law, as well as a CPR Member Scholar. View bio.

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