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"The Green Collar Economy" by Van Jones--pre-order today!


"The Green Collar Economy" by Van Jones--pre-order today!


Green Jobs Now may have come and gone, but if you're still itching for something to do to promote green jobs, here a good option: Green for All founder and president Van Jones has written his first book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, which hits bookstores on October 7. We're trying to make Van's book a bestseller this week so that hundreds of thousands of Americans will learn about the solutions we stood up for on Sept. 27—and you can help. Just take out your credit card and pre-order Van's book today!

Your order can also make publishing history: if we sell 5,000 copies by October 7, Van Jones may become the first African American with a bestseller on environmental issues. Here's HaperCollin's writeup of the book:

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.

If you want to see a preview, click here browse inside the book. Here's what some are already saying about Van's book:

"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."

- Vice President Al Gore

"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

"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

"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

"Van Jones may be the best speaker in America addressing social justice and environmental issues. Audiences are always moved by Van's heart, inspired by his commitment, and rocked by his eloquence. Van doesn't read his speeches; he suffuses them into his listeners because he is utterly present and available. I can think of no one more pertinent to our future than Van and his seamless integration of race, poverty, the environment, and human rights."

- Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

"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

Let's keep the September 27 momentum going. Help us spread the word about "The Green Collar Economy"—pre-order Van's book today!

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