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Guest blog: Getting inspired about green jobs with Van Jones


I woke up Wednesday morning with a scratchy throat but also a whole lot of hope. This week was packed full of events, each one different, and each one inspiring. To kick things off, I was able to participate in a roundtable discussion with community leaders, legislators, business executives and one of my personal heroes, Van Jones, to talk about green jobs and the clean energy economy.

Jamie Hogue is the Oregon Field Representative for Climate Solutions.
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Early weekly roundup: Mixed messages from Election Day

Election day 2010 is over, but the fight to address climate change is not -- so say many of the bloggers posting since Tuesday's election. We survived the Senate's inability to pass climate change legislation before the election recess. We survived attacks against the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases (so far). And we can and will survive the loss of a pro-climate majority in the House of Representatives.
Janelle Corn, Ph.D., is an ecologist and wildlife biologist living in western Montana. She has lived and worked in the western U.S. for 30 years, and is currently an activist for addressing climate change before it's too late. Her new blog is Natural History Now. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.
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CoolClimate Art Contest sets out to inspire climate action


These are the dog days of summer for the climate movement in every sense of the phrase. We're literally baking under the heat of the warmest summer on record, and we're figuratively "dog-tired" from a long and (so far) fruitless battle to get our dog-tired Senate to do something about climate change. We're casting about for ways to move the ball in the right direction and get more of our fellow Americans on our side in this fight. In short, we need to be inspired -- and pie charts, PowerPoints or policy papers won't cut it.

The folks at the Creative Visions, Crosscurrents and Quixote Foundations realize that art has the potential to move and inspire people the way facts and figures, necessary as they are, simply can't. After all, there's a reason why a copy of Picasso's Guernica is hanging at the U.N building instead of a fact sheet about casualties during the Spanish Civil War.

That's why they've launched the CoolClimate Art Contest, which has been running since July 12th and closes on September 6th:

The contest seeks to generate iconic images that address the impact of climate change and spurs participation in the climate change debate. Create a work that encompasses the questions above and explores our relationship with the climate – from clean energy jobs to pollution-free oceans – the subject choice is yours.

We're proud to be one of the partner organizations involved in this contest that will be judged by a who's who from the artistic, scientific and climate advocacy worlds:

  • Jackson Browne (musician)
  • Jayni Chase (philanthropist)
  • Chevy Chase (comedian)
  • Mel Chin (artist)
  • Dianna Cohen (environmental artist)
  • Philippe Cousteau (ecologist)
  • Agnes Gund (renown art collector)
  • Van Jones (environmental activist)
  • David Ross (former head of Whitney Museum and SF Museum of Modern Art)
  • Carrie Mae Weems (artist)

The deadline to submit artwork is September 6th. If you've decided to participate, good luck!

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Van Jones rejoins 1Sky's Board of Directors


It's been a couple of big weeks for climate movement hero Van Jones. After enduring a relentless right-wing smear campaign and resigning from his post as the White House's top green jobs advisor, Van has stepped back into the spotlight, ready to continue his fight for a clean energy economy that benefits all Americans.

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