Monday, November 24, 2008

Green Agenda

"From the South Bronx to South Dakota to South Central LA, the tender shoots of a new economy are pushing up through the cracks of the asphalt. The reality, however, remains sobering. Encouraging and instructive as they are, these early signs of hope simply are not succeeding at the scale necessary to secure the future for vulnerable communities--or for the Earth itself."

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

This is Van Jones at his best -- inspiring but pragmatic. The second half of the book offers a tour of promising initiatives and a fairly specific agenda for action for the local and federal governments. It offers a policy roadmap for President-Elect Obama and anybody else taking the time to listen.

The first half of the book is a different story. Its outrage at environmental destruction and inequity sometimes is at odds with the notion that anything can be done. Yet, it needed to be said. And the green agenda sometimes reads like a hopeful recipe for resurrecting the Left. We need a broader coalition.

At the heart of the book is the deep concern about "eco-apartheid," that low and moderate income communities of color will be left out of the new green economy. The green economy offers a win/win/win for many Americans. Van Jones is outfront showing the way.

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