Green for All Now Independent Organization
With Green For All's leap at the beginning of January, we thought it was a good time to share an entry by Green For All fellow Ami Patel, originally posted on It's Getting Hot in Here.
On January 1, 2008, Green For All officially spun-off from the Ella Baker Center as a separate national organization, while the Ella Baker Center continues to run its â€œGreen-Collar Jobs Campaignâ€ regionally and statewide in California. Two months before, Van Jones had taken the stage at the Clinton Global Initiative in NYC and announced this commitment on behalf of the new organization: secure one billion dollars by 2012 to create â€œgreen pathways out of povertyâ€ for 250,000 people in the United States.
These goals may seem ambitious, but they are very necessary, and very possible. The realities of the environmental issues we face are clear, as can be seen through dwindling resources, detrimental health effects, and natural catastrophes. Therefore, we will need everyone -- all communities, all people -- involved in the solutions that are coming in the following years. Green For All will work to ensure everyone understands that whatâ€™s good for the environment can also be good for the economic well being of all people.
So whoâ€™s on board? Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been vital in supporting the Green Jobs Act, which passed in the U.S. Congress in December. At a Senate hearing on Green Jobs, California Senator Barbara Boxer opened by highlighting Vanâ€™s ideas and stating, â€œGreen jobs are our future.â€ Then at the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton personally endorsed the mission of Green For All. As a speaker for Senator Barack Obamaâ€™s panel on climate change at the Congressional Black Caucus, Van Jones received two standing ovations from the audience. And over 160 green businesses and organizations have formally signed on to support the Green For All pledge.
But we need more than big names in order for Green For All to succeed. Everywhere the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has been able to reach out, everyone that has supported and championed our work, all the organizations that have partnered with us, and each event that has given Van space to eloquently spread our message -- all of you have been important, and you still are.
We need your help now more than ever. Here are just a few things you can do:
â€¢ SHOW UP FOR "FOCUS THE NATION" AT SFSU: January 30 and 31 (Wed - Thu) It's a national teach-in! That means hundreds of colleges and schools will devote two days of classes to the global climate situation. Hear the lectures, watch The 2% Solution, ask questions of elected officials, and build our environmental justice community. Find the details for SFSU or your local school at www.focusthenation.org.
â€¢ HELP CREATE LOCAL GREEN JOBS: As a student, demand a shift to sustainability on your campus. Make sure the green jobs created at your school in solar panel construction, energy retrofits, etc., are local jobs and benefit local communities.
â€¢ HELP DRIVE NATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY: Green For All is part of the 1Sky Campaign, a major new coalition fighting for a sane, effective national climate policy. The first ask of the 1Sky campaign is to â€œCreate 5 million green jobs conserving 20% of our energy by 2015.â€ Make sure that these proposals become a reality.
â€¢ What else can YOU think of? This short list is just a start!
And definitely stay informed and stay tuned. Check our site, www.greenforall.org, that will grow and develop over time. Weâ€™re just getting started.
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