The jobs in the firing line with climate change are: manufacturing, trade, agriculture, mining, services (including tourism) and construction.  That’s the view from Deloitte in a no holds barred assessment of what our economic future will hold for us – without action on climate.

As many as 880,000 Australian jobs could be lost by 2070 due to unchecked climate change, according to a report released by Deloitte Access Economics.

“For people in their 20s, 30s and 40s today, those losses are experienced in their lifetime,” the rather zingy report states.

The report, which also charts a $3.4 trillion loss in GDP by 2070 under a business-as-usual scenario, also found that embracing the net zero transition could create more than 250,000 jobs in that same period. 

By following the well-charted path to a “green recovery”, or what the report calls a “new growth recovery”, New South Wales could add 50,000 jobs by 2070, Victoria 30,000, South Australia 150, Queensland 185,000, Tasmania 10,000, Western Australia 10,000 and the Northern Territory 5000.

The report has identified the six top industries at risk of the physical damages of climate change: manufacturing, trade, agriculture, mining, services (including tourism) and construction. Up to 46 per cent of jobs in these industries are at risk.

Construction makes this list because the increase in temperatures will make labouring outdoors a health concern and limit their ability to perform tasks.

The report also notes that 23 per cent of the Australian workforce is exposed to emissions intensive sectors with 4 per cent in the most intensive industries: electricity supply, agriculture, oil and gas extraction and coal mining.

The report also compares the economic destruction caused by Covid to the effects of climate change.

“Such economic losses are nearly equal to the impacts of Covid on the Australian economy today, occurring by 2055.”

It also notes that the $67 billion economic cost needed to transform the economy by 2050 is “a small price to pay” compared to the JobKeeper program that is costing the federal budget just over $65 billion this year alone.

Job movements

Mark Woolnough has joined the executive team of CoreLogic Australia as head of sales. He’s also worked for Plenti and ING.

Samantha Philips, who has a background working on energy efficiency and sustainability in government buildings, has taken a role as deputy executive director, customer and service planning at Sydney Metro.

Our pick of the jobs – Sunrise Project and more

An interesting role has come up through Talent Nation, from the Sunrise Project, an intriguing outfit dedicated to influencing the climate agenda our way.

This gig is for a senior campaigner dedicated to coal mining reduction

The official blurb is that the outfit is a “team of experienced change-makers, researchers and communications professionals with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels.”  And that’s it’s global, nimble and unique in its grant making and campaigning.

The role is to “collaborate with key organisational partners in the development and implementation of campaign strategies and tactics to protect Australia’s environment from the expansion of coal mining and exports, and seek strategies to phase it out.”

If you’re a train enthusiast, then maybe a job as environment and sustainability advisor for Metro Trains Sydney will be just the ticket.

Laing O’Rourke is on the hunt for an environmental manager, based in Melbourne.

Also in Melbourne, there’s a job going for a sustainable environment officer at the City of Stonnington, which comprises the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

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