Yes, our environment amazing but is in deep trouble – ocean acidification, sea-level rise, warming oceans, more intense and frequent tropical storms, havoc-wreaking category 5 hurricanes, dwindling species, ploughed oceans and disappearing marine live, are only a few of these troubles.
However, fixing these deep environment troubles provide significant opportunities for growth, development, incomes, wealth and employment-creation as well as sustainability.
Consider that everything that we are, and everything that we do, challenge the environment in a variety of ways.
The environment is also challenged by everything that we make – from feed, meat, fish and food, to ‘white’ consumer goods (appliances), our transport means cars, buses, aeroplanes, trains, etc.).
Consider that the environment is an industry and an economic sector in its own right, with a considerable value chain. The value chain of the environment (EVC) is enormous. Here are just some examples of how you can engage the environment for both profit and protection.
Here are some amazing and innovative ways that you can profit from saving Planet Earth. Note that some of these are categories that have many sob-components and opportunities that could be further unpackaged. You may own or be a specialist in many of these skills and areas. Applying them to the environment can create tremendous value for you and your communities as well as our environment. Here is a look at some of them.
Here you can create amazing content on the environment including but not limited to:
Here you can organise yourselves, establish groups, communities and even NGOs raise and create awareness for the purpose of saving Planet Earth:
12. Standards Developers, Implementors and Monitors
14. NGOs – social and environmental
15. Members and leaders of Environmental Groups and Communities
Many people overlook the vast opportunities of using sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials and chemicals in art, crafts and design. Here are a few examples:16. Makers of products made from seeds, beans, seashells, stones (e.g. jewellery, art, sculptures)
17. Driftwood artists
18. Designers of Sustainable bags
19. Weave basket producers
20. Fashion designers using sustainable fabrics
21. Artists and designers using sustainable paint, dyes and chemicals
Sustainable agriculture and farming is growing around the world. So much so, that sustainable outputs and organic products are selling at a premium. Here are some examples of opportunities in this sector:
29. Organic farming
30. Organic pesticides
31. Organic fertilizers
32. Organic agri-processing & products
33. Farmers’ Markets
35. Raring of animals and livestock
36. Innovative use of natural ingredients (e.g. coconut products, seed and bean jewellery)
Tourism is largely built on the environment. Accommodation properties all impact the environment. Many sites and attractions are based on the environment such as forests, waterfalls, beaches, mountains, sulphur springs, dive sites and many more:
37. Hotels, villas, lodges and eco-resorts,
38. Tour guiding
39. Sites & Attractions
40. Adventure trails
41. Sustainable design and operations
43. Transportation providers
The recreation and leisure industry also has several opportunities linked to the environment.
49. Sound Engineers
50. Lighting engineers
52. Creative Directors
The use of sustainable products and environmentally-friendly chemicals are growing in the health and wellness sector. Here are a few examples:
55. Fitness centres
56. Yoga centres
57. Hospitals & Medical facilities
58. Organic herbs, oils and rubs (e.g. nutmeg, honey)
The opportunities for training and education on the environment are wide and vast from lecturers, curriculum developers and capacity building. Here are few examples:
59. Environmental education at all levels from awareness to specialised, higher education qualifications
60. Curriculum Developers
61. Course Developers
62. University Development, Management & Administration
63. Teachers, trainers, lecturers, professors
64. Course Work Implementors and Supervisors
65. Networks and Alliance developers with Communities, Private Sector and Companies
The sports sector uses the environment football fields, use of pesticides on fields, use of sustainable and organic products, such as protein powders, etc.
70. Fitness products and supplements
71. Landscaping and grounds maintenance
Trade and export has tremendous impact on the environment and the opportunites are vast. Consider for example, that transportation of goods make significant use of the environment (land, sea, air, rivers, etc.). Here are some environmentally-related opportunities within trade:
72. Transportation (land, sea, river, air)
74. Environmentally-friendly products
75. Environment-Related Services
The environmental sector makes use of a wide array of professional services from environmentalists to lawyers to IT providers to accountants and much more:
80. Land and Marine Planners
81. Environmental Lawyer
82. Sustainable Designers
85. Information Technology (IT) Specialist
Environmental law and regulations is a growing sector as such opportunities are growing as well. Here are a few examples of legal and regulatory opportunities related to the environment:
89. Policy Makers
93. Standards Developers
Waste management is a huge environment-related sector and there are many opportunities. Here are a few example:
96. Repurposing (e.g. reusing sargassum seaweed as fertilisers)
97. Waste Management businesses
98. Waste disposal
99. Commercialisation of waste by-products
100. Environmental management
The manufacturing sector is becoming more and more environmentally conscious and sustainability is a growing focus.
101. Environmental, Health and Safety Operator
102. Sustainability Processing
103. Environmentally-Friendly Machinery and Equipment
104. Machine operators
105. Inventors and Designers
106. Energy Efficient Management
Dr. Auliana Poon
Dr. Auliana Poon is the founder and Managing Director of Leve Global and Exceptional Caribbean.
Auliana loves the Caribbean and believes in its people. Her personal mission is to change the world; to transform our societies. And this is precisely why she has spearheaded Exceptional Caribbean – a continuing mission to elevate tourism, trade and lives.