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Your Account • Nov. 20, 2017
Breaking Down Barriers
Cancer Prevention, Survival
Educating the Whole Person
Humanizing Health Care
Journey thru the Lifecycle
Lifting Up Those in Need
Managing Your Stress
People Who Inspire
Perspectives in Business
Protecting Our Planet
Simplifying Our Lives
Solving Alcohol/Drug Problems
Spiritual Teachers, Communities
Strengthened by Challenge
Taking Care of Yourself
The Search for Well-Being
Wisdom Stories, Proverbs, Sayings
"It will be the biggest transformation in the American economy since at least World War II, possibly since the Industrial Revolution, because you're talking about essentially retrofitting and repowering the entire country...You just look at the numbers, we have a Saudi Arabia of wind energy in our Plains states. We have a Saudi Arabia of solar energy in the Sun Belt...Taking on the challenge of repowering this country with clean energy can give us a common cause across lines of class and color, and help the United States go from being the world leader in pollution to the world leader in solutions."
--VAN JONES, founder of Green for All and author of "The Green Collar Economy"
As environmental visionaries see it, the future of energy is not in greenhouse gas-emitting fuels like oil and coal -- whose supply is running out -- but in sustainable, non-global warming sources like wind and sun and waves from the ocean and in the enormous storehouse of heat that naturally occurs deep underground. In the coming green economy, utilizing this energy will generate a surge of new employment, while combating climate change and providing additional energy independence for the United States. This program offers a brief history of American environmental concerns and features the voices of several leading lights in the current effort to protect the planet by relying on sustainable sources of energy.
photo of Van Jones courtesy of Richard Hume, Experience Life magazine
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Focusing for now on a short-term clean energy and jobs program, Green Recovery
reports that a short-term green stimulus package would create two million jobs
nationwide over two years. Later in the fall, PERI and CAP will co-publish a fuller study
that addresses the longer-term challenges and opportunities created by building a
Prepared by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, under commission by the Center for American Progress and
released by a coalition of labor and environmental groups. The authors are Robert
Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Helen Scharber of PERI.
An environmental advocate, a civil rights activist and attorney, and an author. Formerly based in
Oakland, California, Jones is the president and founder of Green For All, a national NGO dedicated to
"building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty."
His first book, The Green Collar Economy, released on October 7, 2008, was a New York Times
Jones also founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a California NGO working for alternatives
to violence and incarceration.[
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