Ethical Jobs and Lock The Gate
There comes a time in every traveler’s life when the travel ends.
What comes next?
Inevitably, settling down in one country and trying to get into a normal routine.
This has been looming ahead of us for a while. And every time I think it’s just in sight, something crops up to push this further back.
In any event, I have to look at my career options when I get back to Australia: part-time lawyering on a contract basis, full-time lawyering for a charity, or maybe even trying to escape from the clutches of the legal industry.
Our move back to Australia will be about 6 months away, with five months of that being the time it takes Australian immigration to process North Nomad’s permanent residency visa.
And because I like to be prepared, I’ve already been reading the newsletters, articles, and job-listings on EthicalJobs.Com.Au.
Ethical Jobs is like Seek for the altruistic job searcher. “We list community jobs, environmental jobs, not-for-profit jobs and social enterprise jobs that contribute to a more equitable, more just or more sustainable world.”
With over 74,000 subscribers to their newsletter, and over 160,000 people visiting its website in January, Australians are committed to working in an ethical environment.
Aside from connecting job seekers to organisations making an ethical difference to Australia (and internationally for Australian organisations), Ethical Jobs also regularly donates to small, Australian not-for-profit organisations. In 2014, Ethical Jobs donated over $19,000 to 10 Australian organisations.
In 2015, they’re going to choose a new not-for-profit organisation to donate to every two months. They’ll match any donations made to them dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
For a small not-for-profit organisation, this sort of cash injection could be a much needed lifeline. It could be getting their first full-time employee. It could be a PR campaign. It could be new computers and the first couple of months of an office lease.
For February and March, Ethical Jobs is teaming with Lock The Gate, an organisation committed to stop fracking in iconic Australian areas and agricultural land.
Fracking is a gas-releasing process. The earth is drilled into, then a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals is injected into the rock to release the gas.
There are significant environmental risks from both the physical process of fracking, and the chemicals involved. It’s a process that’s been banned in South Africa, parts of the United States, France, and Bulgaria.
I had my concerns about the environmental effects of fracking. Personally, I’d prefer more resources and attention given to sustainable energy practices for the future.
Current fracking applications cover tropical wetlands, gorges, and desert in the Northern Territory. Even Watarkka National Park (Kings Canyon) has an application over it.
If you donate to this cause and help Ethical Jobs match you dollar for dollar, where will your money go?
All of the money raised will be used by Lock The Gate to:
- Inform regional and remote NT communities and pastoral stations about the impacts of fracking;
- Support local community groups working to protect our unique and iconic landscapes at risk from fracking, including our National Parks;
- Translate information into Indigenous languages; and
- Produce short films about the dangers of fracking for people and the environment.
At the time of writing this, $2, 335.00 has been raised out of Ethical Jobs’s goal of $10,000. It’s looking good already!
Photo Sources: Lock The Gate Alliance