I don’t know why, but I really, genuinely, utterly hate the term “green collar worker” being bandied about to refer to people who work in the environmental sector. I suppose my annoyance comes from the fact that these people who have been developing alternative energy sources and technology, reasonable conservation efforts, and so on have been doing so for decades without much comment or support from any sector of our society but now it’s suddenly the “green” thing to do. Unfortunately, I suspect that in the end nothing will really come of it, considering there has been talk of conservation and environmentalism longer than I’ve been alive and little has changed. That or it will be commercialized and sold at overly priced costs like many other “green” items of the recent past.
Out of curiosity I decided to look up the origin of the phrase and just about laughed to realize the phrase was used over 30 years ago in a report to of all places a congressional economic committee.
Of course I despise other “collar” titles (i.e. pink-collar, gray-collar, gold-collar) as well, particularly when they were obviously made up to fill some person’s fascination with trying to categorize everything to death and ignores the origin of the classifications: white-collar and blue-collar.