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Provocative, personal, and inspirational, The Green Collar Economy is not a dire warning but rather a substantive and viable plan for solving the biggest issues facing the country — the failing economy and our devastated environment. From a distance, it appears that these two problems are separate, but when we look closer, the connection becomes unmistakable.

In The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. The economy is built on and powered almost exclusively by oil, natural gas, and coal — all fast-diminishing nonrenewable resources. As supplies disappear, the price of energy climbs and nearly everything becomes more expensive. With costs and unemployment soaring, the economy stalls. Not only that, when we burn these fuels, the greenhouse gases they create overheat the atmosphere. As the headlines make clear, total climate chaos looms over us. The bottom line: we cannot continue with business as usual. We cannot drill and burn our way out of these dual dilemmas.

Instead, Van Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy. Built by a broad coalition deeply rooted in the lives and struggles of ordinary people, this path has the practical benefit of both cutting energy prices and generating enough work to pull the U.S. economy out of its present death spiral.

Rachel Carson's 1963 landmark book Silent Spring was the pivotal ecological examination of the last century. Now, rising above the impenetrable debate over the environment and the economy, Van Jones's The Green Collar Economy delivers a timely and essential call to action for this new century.

Review:

"As the 'ecological crisis nears the boiling point,' human rights activist and environmental leader Jones (president of the national organization Green For All) lays out a visionary, meticulous and practical explanation of the two major challenges the U.S. currently faces-massive socioeconomic inequality and imminent ecological catastrophe-and how the current third wave of environmentalism, the 'investment' wave, can solve both. If industry players want to take advantage of growing consumer demand for green solutions, they'll have to follow principles of inclusiveness as well as conservation and inventiveness to create 'broad opportunity and shared prosperity' for citizens at all levels of society. Rife with statistics, facts and history lessons, Jones introduces a 'Green New Deal,' a re-imagining of FDR's original New Deal that makes the government 'a partner' (as opposed to a 'nanny' or 'bully') of the people, and sets about defining the principles of a 'smart, supportive, reliable' partnership. Jones examines success stories from around the world (included close looks at Chicago and Milwaukee), defines government priorities at national and local levels and offers concrete solutions; one major positive step for any 'significant U.S. metropolis' is to 'invest massively in constructing buses, light rail cars, and mass-transit projects,' creating good jobs while cutting greenhouse gases. With both caution and hope, Jones concludes that 'tens of thousands of heroes at every level of human society' will be needed to carry off this third, and perhaps ultimate, green initiative." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"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 — beginning with its youth — has an enormous opportunity to stop foolishly bankrupting itself by chasing resources it is running out of — like oil." Carl Pope, Executive Director Sierra Club

Review:

"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." Tavis Smiley, Author, Television and Radio Host

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"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." John Hope Bryant, Founder & CEO, Operation Hope

Review:

"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." Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives

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"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." Winona LaDuke, Native American and environmental activist

Review:

"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." Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund President and New York Times best-selling co-author of Earth: The Sequel

Review:

"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." Mario Van Peebles, actor and producer, Mario's Green House

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"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." Senator Tom Daschle

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"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." Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

Review:

"In The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones turns conventional environmentalism on its head. Watch out: this book could change everything." Larry Brilliant, Google.org

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"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." Ben Jealous, President, NAACP

Review:

"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." Arianna Huffington

Review:

"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." Al Gore

Review:

"Pay attention: we are witnessing the debut of a major American voice." Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest

Review:

"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." Laurie David, global warming activist

Review:

"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." Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco

Synopsis:

The award-winning human-rights activist and advisor to policymakers and presidential candidates delivers a 21st-century economic plan to rescue working-class Americans.

Synopsis:

“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 todays 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 Worlds 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.

About the Author

Van Jones is the founder and president of Green for All. An internationally acclaimed and award-winning activist, Jones is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. In addition, Jones is a board member of 1Sky, the Apollo Alliance, and a Fellow with the Institute of Noetic Sciences. A Yale Law graduate, Van Jones is living in Oakland with his wife and two sons.

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hashope, October 2, 2008 (view all comments by hashope)
I cannot think of a more timely and important book. Right now I, like 100,000's of others, am wondering "where do we go from here?". Our economy has run on fossil fuels for generations. we are now seeing the consequences. It's time for a dramatic shift. The economic crisis paired with the climate crisis paints a daunting picture. Yet the themes and ideas held in "The Green Collar Economy" bring real and tangible solutions, stories of hope that show a sustainable and just future for our country is possible, and it's possible now! I just bought one I can't wait to read it!!
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anotherdemocrat, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by anotherdemocrat)
I saw the author speak at Netroots Nation, had never heard of him before. Wow, this guy is inspirational and impressive. He has such good ideas - I wish I had taken more notes in his talk. I can't wait to read this book!
Two things I did write down: he said we have to learn to "hold" each other accountable, rather than beat each other accountable, a line I intend to use. Also, talking about the right wing's use of "family values - he said our family values are that each member of the family has value.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061650758
Subtitle:
How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
Author:
Jones, Van
With:
Conrad, Ariane
Author:
by Van Jones
Publisher:
HarperOne
Subject:
Green Business
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Energy policy
Subject:
Environmental protection
Subject:
United States--Economic conditions--2001-
Subject:
Environmental policy -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20081007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.34x6.39x.91 in. .96 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As the 'ecological crisis nears the boiling point,' human rights activist and environmental leader Jones (president of the national organization Green For All) lays out a visionary, meticulous and practical explanation of the two major challenges the U.S. currently faces-massive socioeconomic inequality and imminent ecological catastrophe-and how the current third wave of environmentalism, the 'investment' wave, can solve both. If industry players want to take advantage of growing consumer demand for green solutions, they'll have to follow principles of inclusiveness as well as conservation and inventiveness to create 'broad opportunity and shared prosperity' for citizens at all levels of society. Rife with statistics, facts and history lessons, Jones introduces a 'Green New Deal,' a re-imagining of FDR's original New Deal that makes the government 'a partner' (as opposed to a 'nanny' or 'bully') of the people, and sets about defining the principles of a 'smart, supportive, reliable' partnership. Jones examines success stories from around the world (included close looks at Chicago and Milwaukee), defines government priorities at national and local levels and offers concrete solutions; one major positive step for any 'significant U.S. metropolis' is to 'invest massively in constructing buses, light rail cars, and mass-transit projects,' creating good jobs while cutting greenhouse gases. With both caution and hope, Jones concludes that 'tens of thousands of heroes at every level of human society' will be needed to carry off this third, and perhaps ultimate, green initiative." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "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 — beginning with its youth — has an enormous opportunity to stop foolishly bankrupting itself by chasing resources it is running out of — like oil."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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." Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund President and New York Times best-selling co-author of Earth: The Sequel
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "In The Green Collar Economy, Van Jones turns conventional environmentalism on its head. Watch out: this book could change everything."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Pay attention: we are witnessing the debut of a major American voice."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , The award-winning human-rights activist and advisor to policymakers and presidential candidates delivers a 21st-century economic plan to rescue working-class Americans.
"Synopsis" by ,

“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 todays 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 Worlds 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.

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