"The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies around the world. So many people have filed for unemployment in the past month that I’m hesitant to put in a number as it will probably drastically change by the time you read this article, but suffice it to say it is in the tens of millions (the latest report shows the United States lost 20.5 million jobs in April alone). And while many of these jobs may not return in the new post-pandemic normal, if we rebuild our economies by addressing climate change, we can create even more jobs than those that were lost.
In fact, a recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found that the renewable energy industry could add more than 1 million jobs a year if countries invest enough money to meet their climate targets. IRENA also found that accelerating that investment in clean energy could mean 42 million new jobs by 2050."