Tagged: Van Jones

Top 5 Black Environmentalists You Need to Know About

green is the new black

Last year I brought you Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For as a statement that while this site has a strong focus on Black people there are many ideas out there and all of our answers were not going to come from only dealing with Black people. The question was raised “Why not do a list of People of Color instead? We are underrepresented.” Well, the representation of people of color on SoFreshAndSoGreen.com is the reverse or the mainstream, but here’s a list anyway. This one highlights Black environmentalists.

Who says Black people don’t care about the environment? For Black History Month we introduce these Black environmentalists (5 in no particular order) but we celebrate them all year round. Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Carbon Nation’ Trailer Features Van Jones, Focuses On Green Solutions

carbon nation poster

Green jobs, not jails.” -Van Jones

If you want to have a green economy, it’s got to be about… reclaiming people, reclaiming neighborhoods. That’s the green economy.” -Van Jones

The makers of the new documentary movie carbon nation say even if you’re a climate change doubter this film is for you. It focuses on “SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues” without blame or shame. Continue reading

VIDEO: Van Jones On The Shirley Sherrod Saga, BP & Social Media

Photo Credit: Reuters, Van Jones, former special advisor for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, arrives at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards


What eventually will happen, big picture, is that 5% of the country will have an experience like mine, lose a job because of something on Facebook or something.

And then 10%, and then it will be 15% and then it will stop because enough people will have seen it and enough people had it happen to them to too a friend that there will be a completely different level of wisdom that will emerge in society.

That’s the long-term. ~Van Jones

Also present in this Shirley Sherrod saga are echoes of what lead to the “resignation” of Van Jones, the green jobs promoter and former White House adviser after a high tech lynching from Glenn Beck and the right wing/conservative media. Continue reading

So Fresh And So Green’s Birthday 1.0!!!

Today is the birthday of sofreshandsogreen.com. My bouncing baby blog is a 1 year old and that’s thanks to you guys. It’s also my birthday and for me it’s been quite a journey because at times I may teach, or even preach, but I learn as you learn. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many great folks out there and I’m glad I could be a part of educating, informing and entertaining. Continue reading

BP Oil Spill: Let’s Call It What It Is

At many times in my life I’ve been a grammar cop, but most of those times I was just being a stickler for language. It means a lot to me but in the grand scheme of things it isn’t as important that “conversate” and “irregardless” are not worlds as it is important that we have the clear and correct language to name events like BP’s oil spill what it is. Continue reading

Van Jones On BP’s Oil Spill And The Next Economy

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

Earth Day: The Point Of It All

I like to think it’s Earth Day Every Day on this site and while I realize treehugger.com will probably have some great stuff today for you as usual, I’ve decided to give you something you can’t get there- what I’ve learned about Earth Day.

As I’ve written before I grew up with a love of nature and science but I’ve considered that as a Black person interested in the environment I may have gotten into this in a different way than The Great Majora Carter and The Great Van Jones. As a teen I was able to take my love of nature into the classroom. In high school I was desperate to avoid chemistry class. It seemed hard and uninteresting. I managed to get Environmental Science class which I took for a year.

Finally, my chance to study this and get credit for it. My first class didn’t disappoint. My teacher was a young, cool white dude with cool, young white dude hair- I know you know what that is. He came in with Continue reading

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