As industrialised countries shift towards climate neutrality, some industries such as coal mining will have to disappear, meaning workers need to retrain to find employment in other sectors. Other industries, such as the car industry, will also see significant shifts in employment, as electric vehicles take fewer people to manufacture than internal combustion engines.

Workers in Germany are generally supportive of this transition towards climate neutrality, a new survey of the Wittenberg Centre for Global Ethics shows, with 59% saying that the transition should be accelerated. In contrast, only 14% say it should be slowed down.

Similarly, half of the workers say they are willing to make their “own contribution” to the shift towards making Germany a “climate-neutral industrial location”. However, the readiness strongly depends on the type of contribution that would be required from workers. 

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