Former White House environmental adviser and Green For All founder Van Jones recently spoke in the very green city of Seattle, Washington, a far friendlier place than the other Washington he joked. You can watch the full speech, which is worth it, at worldchanging.com
I’m starting his book The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned as I go along.
Here’s a quote from the speech he made in Seattle on May 27th. This is the kind of stuff that made me a believer in the first place and now I’m inspired all over again. Here’s his much needed take on BP’s massive oil leak. Continue reading
For African Americans and other people of color, I hope you can support the clean energy solutions that will make our communities more prosperous. This isnâ€™t the time to surrender to feelings of hopelessness and despair. Itâ€™s time to tell our friends, neighbors and elected officials why clean energy is good for our communities and our country.”
R&B singer Omarion has recently decided to kick the truth to the young Black youth and everyone else about clean energy in an op-ed post.
Omarion also explains that he recently finished The Hip Hop Caucus Clean Energy Now! tour with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green For All and none other than Biz Markie among others. The tour was designed to bring together the youth, African Americans, the Hip Hop community, and various faiths to get active about the need for clean energy jobs and a greener future for all Americans. Continue reading
Van Jones is an American treasure…Van’s vision, in short, is a vision for America restored to its place as the definitive world economic leader. ~Benjamin Todd Jealous”
This Friday the NAACP is holding their 41st Image Awards. Slated to receive the President’s Award from NAACP from its president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous is The Great Van Jones. That’s him in the pic above caressing a solar panel.
It seems there is no better move for this organization to make than to support the green jobs promoter who is still under attack by right wingers and Fox News. Continue reading
I didn’t start out as an environmentalist.
I started out helping urban kids in trouble and I burned out, going to way too many funerals and court cases that turned out badly.
I was just trying to get my own health back.
I went to these retreat Centers in Marin County, and it was a different world.
They had all this organic food and solar panels and hybrid cars, and I was like — why don’t they have this in my neighborhood?
I thought, if we had these kind of jobs and services in Oakland, we’d probably have less violence. Continue reading
Van Jones, Special Adviser at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and green jobs and Founder & President, Green For All, resigned from his position over the weekend.
While President Obama endures accusations of being a socialist, Van Jones endured accusations of being a communist. Statements he made in the past about having “radical” ideas or being a communist have surfaced due to right wing efforts. Jones “apologized on Thursday after videotape surfaced of him using a crude epithet to describe Republicans and amid revelations he had signed a petition suggesting U.S. government involvement in the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.” ~reuters.com
Check out this video of Van Jones on NOW with David Brancaccio on the episode Green Jobs: Hope or Hype? explaining what green jobs are and how they might help lift the U.S. out of this economic downturn. He also explains he was never a “czar”.
Jones’ resignation letter was released to the media. In it he said: “On the eve of historic fights for Continue reading
Publisher Merriam-Webster has offered new words for 2009 to be entered into their dictionaries. “Many of the new words address: concerns about the environment (carbon footprint, green collar), government activities (earmark, waterboarding),” and “pop culture (docusoap, fan fiction, flash mob, reggaeton)”. This year it seems there is some controversy though and not just from grammar cops like me. Green collar job promoters Green For All object to the popular dictionary’s definition of “green jobs”.
According to greenforall.org:
The dictionary defines “green-collar” as:
‘of, relating to, or involving actions for protecting the natural environment’.
This definition falls flat in a couple of different ways. Chief among them is that “Green-collar” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense unless it is in reference to jobs and the economy.
If dictionaries quoted organizations, Merriam-Webster could just use this simple Green For All definition:
A green-collar job is a blue-collar job, upgraded to improve the environment and fight climate change.”
In the greenforall.org article “Green-collar” defined… incorrectly.” “green collar” is further defined in relation to the phrase “blue collar”.
Merriam-Webster has also seen fit to “redefine” marriage by adding a second definition. True story. Never mind jokes about Adam and Steve and “no homo”, this has some conservatives pretty cranky. To read more check out “Gay marriage gets recognition – in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary” at nydailynews.com.
Here’s the complete list of new words for 2009 merriam-webster.com
GREEN FACT: Green For All founder, The Great Van Jones, now works for President Obama and you as Special Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
Van Jones, founder of Green For All, has been an advocate of what we as of late have rather casually been calling “green jobs”. My understanding is that green jobs include what is called retro fitting and building weatherization upgrades. In their words Green For All “promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged. Its mission is to build an inclusive, green economy – strong enough to resolve the ecological crisis and lift millions of people out of poverty.”