No green, I'm gone — meet the climate quitters
Climate quitting is a lasting residue of the larger mass resignation since the pandemic. The phenomenon mostly involves young people who change or quit their jobs if they consider it harmful to the planet, writes Alice Facchini in Italian weekly magazine Internazionale.
When Andrea Grieco returned to his native Italy, he found a job for a consulting firm on what he'd been told were "sustainability budgets." The work was interesting, with a permanent contract and a good salary.
"One day I was asked to work on the green strategy of one of Italy’s largest oil companies," the 31-year-old recalled. "I said I disagreed, but they told me that this was a client they couldn’t do without. So I decided to quit.”
Grieco is what we call a "climate quitter," a young person who has chosen to quit his job for reasons related to protecting the planet.
Climate quitters are part of the phenomenon of the Great Resignation, in which thousands of people quit their jobs beginning in early 2021 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic for various reasons. In this case, the specific motivation is to reduce one's environmental impact and devote oneself to areas such as the circular economy, sustainability and renewable energy.
“Most of our days are taken up by work: it is important to put these energies on the right side,” Grieco explains. “After a few months I was hired by a publishing company where I was writing about sustainability: I was earning much less, but I felt good about myself. Now I work for the United Nations, doing communications in support of the global campaign against climate change. Today everyone calls themselves an activist, but deciding what profession you want to do is also an important form of activism.”
Research on voluntary resignation carried out in 2023 by the HR innovation practice observatory of the Politecnico di Milano shows that, in Italy, 65% of those under 30 consider it important that their jobs have a positive impact on society. [...]
— Read the full Internazionale article by Alice Facchini, translated into English by Worldcrunch.
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