Pharrell Williams urges world leaders to deliver green jobs

Pharrell Williams urges world leaders to deliver green jobs

Pharrell Williams has called on world leaders to deliver millions of green jobs globally in a bid to challenge climate change.

The Grammy-award winning star says in a video message: “I’m passionate about two big issues; climate change and education and skills for young people.

“Climate change is one of the most defining issues of our time, one that threatens our very existence on Earth. And we’ve also got another serious problem on our hands; millions of young people who don’t have jobs.”

With the aid of Former Vice President Al Gore, Williams is organising a Live Earth music event, across the world, as part of the run-up to the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris in December.

He continues: “Right now, we have a unique opportunity to tackle climate change and to make sure that young people and our planet have a future that is sustainable for many generations to come. Making economies green could create millions of good, decent jobs all around the world.”

“You – the workers, the employers, the governments, the Presidents and Prime Ministers meeting here today – you guys have the opportunity to make a difference,” said Williams. “Make sure that green jobs are right at the top of the agenda when the world meets in Paris this December.”

Williams’ speech comes in the same week that research from Nationwide Building Society found how important green issues are to candidates.

According to the survey, 67% of people say an employer’s environmental credentials are important in job choice and 51% of those asked say their employer could do more to encourage more recycling in the office.

Stephen Uden, Head of Citizenship at Nationwide, says: “The research shows how fundamental your environmental credentials are in a modern workplace. At home, recycling is almost second nature and now employees expect to be able to reduce, reuse and recycle in the office too. As a result, not keeping up with the times could be become a real recruitment barrier.”

Williams’s video message will be screened at the International Labour Organisation’s World of Work summit in Geneva on Thursday, where world leaders including French president François Hollande will discuss the implications of climate change for employees and businesses.

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