While the climate crisis has been telling us for years that we need to change the way we work, recent crises have further disrupted the labour market. Europe is still dealing with the economic and labor-market consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has a direct impact on people’s jobs and well-being.
This is expected to continue due to climate-induced inflation, additional supply chain disruptions, energy and food speculation, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Employment as it currently exists is unfit for purpose in the context of environmental breakdown and the cost of living crisis. However, if redesigned and decoupled from GDP growth, it has enormous potential to positively transform people’s lives and our relationship with the environment.
This report aims to explain why and how this can happen.