Our Second Superpower: “To Save the Planet, Invest Your Working Life”

The photo shows the Tesla electric car production team… they know that since we all have to go to work anyway, we may as well choose jobs on the side of clean products rather than ones which pollute.

Besides, these are good-paying jobs in fields where the job forecasts are strongest for the next several decades.

There are 2.5  million jobs already in America’s advanced energy sector, plus more in other fields that do great things to stop or adapt to global warming.  This trend is continuing around the world as well.

Make your next career move one that saves the planet, (or more precisely, saving civilization).
What could give more job-satisfaction?

The nice thing from a busy-people perspective:  When you make that big-life decision wisely, it’s done.

You don’t have to think about it over and over… by simply getting up and going to work every day, habit itself automatically deploys your working life.  That is a LOT of superpower!

So, the strategy is simply, Choose Wisely.  Measure twice, cut once, as Grandpa used to say.  Why would you waste your working life on something off-task, or worse, polluting like Big Oil or Big Coal – jobs which actually harm our children’s futures?

Just as provacative but more on-point when it comes to your wallet, consider this:  There is an INCREDIBLE boom happening right now in advanced energy, the internet-of-things, and in smart cities, smart grid and the green transportation sectors!

Consider this as well:  We know old-guard industries slowly shed jobs because of robotics, software automations, globalization and Lean techniques.  But these new advanced-energy and other new industries are high-wage, high-skill jobs that are still new enough to not suffer relentless headcount reductions.  (Plus the pay is better.)  When in doubt, a basic career strategy is, Always Leave the Ghost Town for the Boom Town.

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Not sure how to start saving the planet (civilization, really)?  Start by always remembering that “Hope is a renewable resource.”  

Then, our practical answer becomes “Deeply know the personal Superpowers” all humans bring to the game of life: 

1) To save the planet, CHANGE OURSELVES FIRST;

2) To save the planet, INVEST OUR WORKING LIVES;

3) To save the planet, USE OUR VOICES and take advocacy seriously!  Never miss a vote and never, ever stop influencing your government and all businesses locally, at the state level, and at the national level.  As well, set a solid example for all around you to see.  Jawbone to others about what we need to do, and influence them as peers.  Finally, have an annual cash donations program.  All of these are ways we can use our voices. 

Stay focussed:  Lead the way with substantive global warming solutions.  (Far from being a bummer, this is actually a fun trend for each of us to be part of… get energized!)  Our kids and their kids will be proud of us. 

And in all cases and at all times, cast aside the learned-helplessness that infects so much of modern life… the time is now for climate change solutions.  Never give up.

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