"the time has come to move beyond eco-elitism to eco-populism." -Van Jones
"Environmentalist Van Jones calls for a 'serious' climate and energy bill to stop companies from dumping 'planet-cooking pollution' into the atmosphere. 'If you take away that right to pollute for free,' says Jones, 'you send a signal to the only force in the world that can solve this problem - the entrepreneur.'
"Van Jones broke new ground with his proposal for a green-collar economy, stating that 'the time has come to move beyond eco-elitism to eco-populism.' He fights for environmental justice and to create an economy that is both sustainable and that lifts up the poorest communities through green-collar jobs.
"Jones describes how the third wave of environmentalism- the investment wave- could solve inequality and catastrophe with a 'Green New Deal' mindset. The Commonwealth Club awards Van Jones a 21st Century Visionary Award for guiding the nation to ecological equality.
"Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. Jones is a co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. He is the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs: The Green-Collar Economy. He served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009.
"Jones is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress. Additionally, he is a senior policy advisor at Green For All.
"Jones also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University, as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs."
- Commonwealth Club of California
Ecoversity TV: Van Jones Speaking to the Congress on the Importance of Creating a Green Economy
"You have the opportunity now to turn this breakdown into a breakthrough...
Let us seize the opportunity to abandon the idea that we can forever be the most important economy in the world based on consumption, based on consumerism, based on credit cards. Lets get back to building rather than borrowing in the United States." -Van Jones
Daily Kos article on Van Jones
New Yorker Magazine profile of Van Jones