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Earth Day run-up: Our only increasing natural resource

   /   Apr 20th, 2010News

What’s the only natural resource that’s increasing today? People over sixty! Each year, three million Americans turn sixty. Together, they represent a vast supply of experience, energy, capital and, yes, idealism. As our thoughts turn to the environment on Thursday, it’s easy to forget that today’s sixty-somethings were the folks who invented Earth Day in 1970.

Once they may have imagined retiring at 65 and enjoying a handful of “golden years” before fading away. But today many will live into their eighties and nineties in good health. What are they going to do? Fish and play golf for twenty years? They’ll go crazy. Besides, we have serious problems to address. We need them.

So it comes as a hopeful sign that an increasing number of boomers are deciding to pursue Encore Careers – post-retirement careers that enable continued income and social impact. While some need to work for pure financial reasons (especially since the stock market plunge), a full 64 percent say that it is “very important” to find work that uses “their skills and experience to help others.”

These people are the ones who will be most interested in reading a new report entitled “How Boomers Can Help the Nation Go Green,” which lays out the growing demand for green jobs suitable for people over 60. The report authors and the folks at Encore Careers are hosting a free webinar to discuss “Green Encore Careers” (Wednesday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. PST/2:30 p.m. EST).

If you’re in your 20s, forward the post to a parent or grandparent. Who knows? It could be the start of a whole new career.

Photo: AARP

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