Goodbye Business as Usual: Rethinking My Career for the ClimateJeremy Greze
It took me several years to understand the issues and consequences of climate change. My dreams and goals in life have changed as a result. I realized that this is not a “separate issue”, a “cause that concerns only a few people”. I am beginning to take action to have a career more appropriate to the challenges of climate change. It’s time for me to come out as an eco-conscious person and express what it means for my professional future.
- I no longer want to work in a job that contributes to global warming. I want a job that belongs in a world compatible with the Paris agreements, i.e. that limits global warming to well below 2°C.
- As a result, the company I work for must commit to carbon neutrality by 2050. And a significant part of its strategy must rely on emission reduction, not emission offsetting (otherwise I call it greenwashing).
- The company will not participate in or finance the exploitation of fossil fuels. We know that we must stop all fossil fuel development now to meet global targets.
- I will be vigilant about the respect of biodiversity and ecosystems by the company’s activity, especially on the artificialization of soils, water management and the use of pesticides.
- I give up pursuing a career regardless of its environmental cost.
- I’m done with business as usual.
I acknowledge that these commitments are easier for me to keep than for others, given my personal situation and my industry. I may one day give up on these commitments if I am in need, but I rather intend to strengthen them. My aim is to be part of the solution and build a better future, instead of perpetuating the problem. Who knows, I may go further and branch out from tech completely in the future.