EPA’s Jackson Urges Blacks Not to Miss the Green Boat

Administrator wants to flood communities with eco-friendly information

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On April 22, 1970, an estimated 20 million Americans gathered together to participate the environmental demonstration known as “Earth Day.” There were rallies, teach-ins, speeches, and publicity ploys all designed to raise awareness of the environmental problems facing the U.S. In the more than 30 years since that first celebration, times have certainly changed. Earth Day is now celebrated by more than 500 million people and in 175 countries.

The government and the EPA are still touting recycling and energy efficiency, and targeting pollution, but there is also a strong push for green jobs, retrofitting outdated fixtures and upgrading infrastructure under Obama’s ambition to create a clean energy economy that can serve as a pillar of our recovery.

Further Reading:

Obama’s Plan for a Green Economy

Earth Day Proclamtion

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  • Great interview.

  • Great article. I totally agree with Administrator Jackson in that African Americans should join the green movement. I believe there’s been a misconception that going green is a “white” thing, but that is rarely the case. Van Jones has been a vocal advocate for environmental justice for some time. If you have not read his book “The Green Collar Economy,” I suggest that you do. It will really open your mind to the concept of environmentalism and how it would solve both our problems of climate change and unemployment. I’m currently the campus sustainability officer at Virginia Wesleyan College, so I’m very much in support for the “green” movement, whether it’s recycling, or conserving energy.

  • Vince Macintosh

    Typical article, could have been written by any of the previous admins. Van Jones has been vocal but has not been in EJ long and has not TMK run any type of for profit business – not exactly the best qualifications. The only thing new here is more focus. Much of this was first proposed o in the 70s incl solar, wind, geothermal, etc. Then as now, price is set by the world market and consumers in the US make choices based on self interest, custom, and competition (all of which are reflected in marketing). A few greens, and (much fewer in number) people of color who have led the way in EJ and in the environmental movement overall have and do participate in the green economy. Where was Lisa Jackson and Obama all those/ these years. Johnny and Jane come lately to the party. I love t youth, the energy and fresh take on tried ideas but then there is reality. The recovery money will mostly go to established companies since it has to be spent right away and they will hire those already in the workforce who have the skills for those basic industries. There will be much oversight of these funds and risky new ventures will not see much of the overall pot. Look deeply into who ownes and who is buying up and into the green economy and jobs – the companies will be familiar and the MOs. I think there are a lot of good hings happening and that can happen and I’ve been black and green for a long long time. something we don’t seem to do is to look inward and respect history. Building a business takes time and energy. It takes a clear coherent message and the ability to address a need with something tangible. It takes specifics. Like many times before this is yet another opportunity. Let’s hope like before it’s not wasted, abandoned, or shortchanged. Support local business that practice sustainabilty regardless of the color of the owner, practice a sustainable lifestyle and reduce and reuse and buy products that contribute to that but only buy as much as you need and will use. Demand more from you elected and tax supported officials and agencies local, national and international. And, follow the money both upstream and downstream don’t be fooled by words. have they walked the talk and for how long.

  • I am so excited about going green. I have an innovative idea. But I am afraid of putting it out there. I have some, but limited business knowlegde. Although the market has been tapped. There room for growth in this going green service.
    I would like some one to direct me to where I should start. Some one suggested the SBA. I have to put my business plan together.

    Any thoughts Ypettaway@bellsouth.net

  • Interesting read. There is currently quite a lot of information around this subject around and about on the net and some are most defintely better than others. You have caught the detail here just right which makes for a refreshing change – thanks.