Ahmad Afandi of ISIS Malaysia and Darshan Joshi of The Asia Foundation and World Bank identify opportunities for green jobs in light of Covid-19 in Putting environment and climate action at heart of job creation and security. The pandemic has revealed the link between climate risks and the rise of zoonotic diseases, highlighting the ways in which planetary boundaries have been crossed through ecosystem exploitation, agricultural intensification and climate change, which combined are now affecting human health on a grand scale. In its wake, it also stalled progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) even as Malaysia has exhibited an encouraging reorientation towards risk-based thinking and focus on green growth in recent years. The authors further emphasise the role of jobs driven by the green economy, sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda as a key solution to building back better. Finally, they argue that a climate and environmental lens is an important aspect of labour policies to achieve the twin goals of job creation and worker protection.

By Ahmad Afandi & Darshan Joshi of The Asia Foundation and World Bank

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