The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

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by Van Jones
     
 

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“Steadily—by redefining green—Jones is making sure that our planet and our people will not just survive but also thrive in a clean-energy economy.”
—Leonardo DiCaprio

A New York Times bestseller, The Green Collar Economy by award-winning human rights activist and environmental leader Van Jones delivers a much

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“Steadily—by redefining green—Jones is making sure that our planet and our people will not just survive but also thrive in a clean-energy economy.”
—Leonardo DiCaprio

A New York Times bestseller, The Green Collar Economy by award-winning human rights activist and environmental leader Van Jones delivers a much-needed economic and environmental solution to today’s two most critical problems. With a revised introduction and new afterword by the author—a man who counsels President Barack Obama on environmental policy—The Green Collar Economy and Jones have been highly praised by a multitude of leaders and legislators, including Al Gore, Senator Tom Daschle, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Van Jones was named one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009” by Time magazine, and with The Green Collar Economy he offers a wise, necessary, and eminently achievable plan for saving the earth and rescuing working class Americans.

Editorial Reviews

Larry Brilliant
“In The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones turns conventional environmentalism on its head. Watch out: this book could change everything.”
Senator Tom Daschle
“Once in a very long while, a truly original voice enters our national political discussion—and changes the conversation for the better. [...]Van Jones does just that. The Green Collar Economy lets us envision a world in which the Earth and everyday people both thrive.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Van Jones is someone who makes you feel like an underachiever, no matter if you’re a NASA scientist or a captain of industry. . . . Echoes of his ideas can be heard among lawmakers from Sacramento to Washington...”
Boston Globe
“Van Jones has made a national name for himself by finding one solution to three persistent problems: poverty, racial inequality, and the environmental crisis. He wants to solve these problems by creating green jobs filled by the poor and people of color—the groups often left behind during technological advances.”
Time
“Jones, the head of the non-profit Green For All and the author of the new book The Green-Collar Economy, could represent the future of environmentalism in America and a way for the movement to survive and even thrive through the coming recession.
Washington Post
“[Jones] new book — which details how an ambitious public spending program on energy efficiency and renewable energy can stimulate the economy and create good jobs for the poor and unemployed — couldn’t have landed at a better time.”
Al Gore
“This book illustrates the link between the struggle to restore the environment and the need to revive the US economy. Van Jones demonstrates conclusively that the best solutions for the survivability of our planet are also the best solutions for everyday Americans.”
Nancy Pelosi
“Van Jones has a unique ability to inspire people of all colors, classes and generations to uplift vulnerable people, while protecting our vulnerable planet. His sparkling intelligence, powerful vision and deep empathy are all on full display in The Green-Collar Economy.”
Laurie David
“The baton is passed to climate advocate Van Jones who clearly sees that our future must be green and must include everyone. His powerful new book ‘The Green Collar Economy’ shows us how to accomplish it.”
Tavis Smiley
“Van Jones’ authentic and passionate arguments trump the status quo. In The Green Collar Economy he holds the welfare of our neediest people front and center as he lays out a viable plan for the remainder of the 21st century.”
Paul Hawken
“Pay attention: we are witnessing the debut of a major American voice.”
Gavin Newsom
“It’s rare that someone with such a gift for speaking is able to convey the energy and excitement of his message equally well in writing. With The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones surpasses all expectations. The country seriously needs his take on the environment and the economy.”
Carl Pope
“Van Jones reminds us that the worst of times can also be the best of times— that a nation with an abundance of resources it’s wasting — beginningwith its youth — has an enormous opportunity to stop foolishly bankruptingitself by chasing resources it is running out of — like oil.”
John Hope Bryant
“Jones accomplishes the super heroic feat of linking together the solutions for poverty, the energy crisis, and global warming. Van is a visionary of our times, and one of my personal heroes. Every relevant 21st century leader needs to read Van’s book.”
Winona LaDuke
“Van’s words echo the sentiments of many indigenous communities, who have endured the effects of coal strip mining, uranium mining and mega dams. The Green Collar Economy outlines industrial society’s path towards a just future.”
Senator - Tom Daschle
"Once in a very long while, a truly original voice enters our national political discussion—and changes the conversation for the better. [...]Van Jones does just that. The Green Collar Economy lets us envision a world in which the Earth and everyday people both thrive."
Ben Jealous
“As the Earth warms and the oceans rise, the civil and human rights agenda must expand. No one has worked harder to level the playing field in the rapidly growing green economy than Van Jones.”
Reverend - Lennox Yearwood
"In The Green-Collar Economy, Van Jones has penned a working man’s manifesto for the solar age. When green solutions finally catch on among everyday folks, Van and this book will deserve the lion’s share of the credit."
Fred Krupp
“The Green Collar Economy is a both a rallying call and a road map for how we can save the planet, reduce our dependency on budget-busting fossil fuels, and bring millions of new jobs to America.”
Arianna Huffington
“Van Jones represents a new generation of environmental leader – one who sees the Greening of America as both a moral imperative and a nuts and bolts economic issue. His passion, intelligence, and idealism shine through every page of this must-read book.”
Mario Van Peebles
“Brother Van Jones is a visionary who spells out real solutions in black and white - and, of course, green. Van’s vision of a thriving, green economy doesn’t have throw-away things or throw-away people. It’s the kind of environmentalism everyone can get behind.”
Time Magazine
"Jones, the head of the non-profit Green For All and the author of the new book The Green-Collar Economy, could represent the future of environmentalism in America and a way for the movement to survive and even thrive through the coming recession.
Leonardo DiCaprio
"In less than two years, Jones has risen from local grass-roots organizer to shepherd of a national movement to build an inclusive green economy... Jones is making sure that our planet and our people will not just survive but also thrive in a clean-energy economy."
Rev. Lennox Yearwood
“In The Green-Collar Economy, Van Jones has penned a working man’s manifesto for the solar age. When green solutions finally catch on among everyday folks, Van and this book will deserve the lion’s share of the credit.”
Leonardo DiCaprio in Time magazine
“In less than two years, Jones has risen from local grass-roots organizer to shepherd of a national movement to build an inclusive green economy... Jones is making sure that our planet and our people will not just survive but also thrive in a clean-energy economy.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061650765
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Pages:
247
Sales rank:
477,427
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Tavis Smiley
“Van Jones’ authentic and passionate arguments trump the status quo. In The Green Collar Economy he holds the welfare of our neediest people front and center as he lays out a viable plan for the remainder of the 21st century.”
Leonardo DiCaprio
“In less than two years, Jones has risen from local grass-roots organizer to shepherd of a national movement to build an inclusive green economy... Jones is making sure that our planet and our people will not just survive but also thrive in a clean-energy economy.”
John Hope Bryant
“Jones accomplishes the super heroic feat of linking together the solutions for poverty, the energy crisis, and global warming. Van is a visionary of our times, and one of my personal heroes. Every relevant 21st century leader needs to read Van’s book.”
Winona LaDuke
“Van’s words echo the sentiments of many indigenous communities, who have endured the effects of coal strip mining, uranium mining and mega dams. The Green Collar Economy outlines industrial society’s path towards a just future.”
Al Gore
“This book illustrates the link between the struggle to restore the environment and the need to revive the US economy. Van Jones demonstrates conclusively that the best solutions for the survivability of our planet are also the best solutions for everyday Americans.”
Nancy Pelosi
“Van Jones has a unique ability to inspire people of all colors, classes and generations to uplift vulnerable people, while protecting our vulnerable planet. His sparkling intelligence, powerful vision and deep empathy are all on full display in The Green-Collar Economy.”
Ben Jealous
“As the Earth warms and the oceans rise, the civil and human rights agenda must expand. No one has worked harder to level the playing field in the rapidly growing green economy than Van Jones.”
Tom Daschle
“Once in a very long while, a truly original voice enters our national political discussion—and changes the conversation for the better. [...]Van Jones does just that. The Green Collar Economy lets us envision a world in which the Earth and everyday people both thrive.”
Laurie David
“The baton is passed to climate advocate Van Jones who clearly sees that our future must be green and must include everyone. His powerful new book ‘The Green Collar Economy’ shows us how to accomplish it.”
Mario Van Peebles
“Brother Van Jones is a visionary who spells out real solutions in black and white - and, of course, green. Van’s vision of a thriving, green economy doesn’t have throw-away things or throw-away people. It’s the kind of environmentalism everyone can get behind.”
Lennox Yearwood
“In The Green-Collar Economy, Van Jones has penned a working man’s manifesto for the solar age. When green solutions finally catch on among everyday folks, Van and this book will deserve the lion’s share of the credit.”
Gavin Newsom
“It’s rare that someone with such a gift for speaking is able to convey the energy and excitement of his message equally well in writing. With The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones surpasses all expectations. The country seriously needs his take on the environment and the economy.”
Fred Krupp
“The Green Collar Economy is a both a rallying call and a road map for how we can save the planet, reduce our dependency on budget-busting fossil fuels, and bring millions of new jobs to America.”
Arianna Huffington
“Van Jones represents a new generation of environmental leaderone who sees the Greening of America as both a moral imperative and a nuts and bolts economic issue. His passion, intelligence, and idealism shine through every page of this must-read book.”
Carl Pope
“Van Jones reminds us that the worst of times can also be the best of times— that a nation with an abundance of resources it’s wasting — beginningwith its youth — has an enormous opportunity to stop foolishly bankruptingitself by chasing resources it is running out of — like oil.”
Paul Hawken
“Pay attention: we are witnessing the debut of a major American voice.”

Meet the Author

Van Jones is the founder and former president of Green For All. In March of 2009, he became the special advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Van Jones lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and two sons.

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ctfranklin28 More than 1 year ago
"The Green Collar Economy" was one of the greatest books that I have ever read about environmental activism and action. Written by the founder of Green for All and civil rights advocate Van Jones, this book presents a comprehensive approach to addressing economic, environmental, and social justice issues using a collaboration of public (mostly federal, but also local), business, and the non-profit/faith communities. This is a rather novel approach, because most books that I have read focus on just on reaching one of these audiences, not all.  "The Green Collar Economy" is also unique in that it focuses on issues not typically discussed in "green" books, such as racism, oppression, and the utter lack of people not in the "hybrid-driving, upper-income group". Jones argues that any large, system-wide "green" movement should include voices and "green" actions from a diverse range of people.  Another interesting feature of the book is Jones ability to balance seemingly polar opposite approaches in his book. He is able to throw a lot of statistics that demonstrate how we are destroying the earth, while also balancing that with positive optimism drawn from case studies, quotes, and inspirational speech. He is also able to break down "green" technology-speak down to the realm of everyday conversation. He praises the methods of the "green" movement, but also critiques the tactics and methods used. Lastly, the book provides one of the most comprehensive plans to address the issues. Jones presents a very ambitious "New-Deal" type of plan similar to what is presented in the "The Covenant for Black America". While many will say it is overtly optimistic (something Jones addressed himself in the last chapter), this has been one of the greatest plans that I have seen for getting America going on the "green path". As Jones says, even if we don't accomplish everything in the book (or even half), we will be headed in a better direction than where we are going. This book is best recommended for those people who: (1) believe in "green" principles and want to glimpse one potential plan to get there. (2) social justice advocates who want to make the connections between race, poverty, and the environment and need examples or models to draw inspiration This review was based on a library copy, however I will be purchasing the book for my own bookshelf,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago