SXSW 2024

Green Jobs & Genz: Creating a Diverse Sector for All of Us


The International Labor Organization estimates that by 2030, 24 million jobs worldwide could be created by the green economy alone. And while green jobs are on the rise across industries, diverse talent is still underrepresented throughout the green economy. Though the United States’ population is nearly 40% people of color, POC do not exceed 16% of representation. This panel will discuss the gaps that exist between access and representation for diverse GenZ populations, whilst providing insights on how the green jobs sector can engage with talent from traditionally excluded groups.

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  1. The climate crisis is a leadership crisis. A more representative, inclusive climate sector gives us more ammunition to solve the greatest issue of our
  2. An inclusive climate sector can not only include funding for jobs; it must also create pathways into them.
  3. Diversifying the climate workforce requires creating welcoming environments for diverse talent to thrive.



Wawa Gatheru, Founder / Executive Director, Black Girl Environmentalist

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Climate Change
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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