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

by Van Jones
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The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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