AN INTERVIEW WITH VAN JONES
"The green movement has to become a rainbow-colored movement in order to be successful"
Maria José Viñas, special to Mongabay.com
Van Jones, a social and environmental activist, believes a greener economy not only could save the planet, but also must provide pathways out of poverty for
Mongabay: And what's your campaign's current description?
Van Jones: For us, a green-collar job has to be a living-wage job and it has to be a real upper-mobility pathway. We don't believe the country needs "solar sweatshop jobs" or a "Walmart wind industry." We want to make sure that we have equal opportunity, which means creating real diversity from the beginning in this new economy. We want to make sure people have labor rights, so they can organize themselves and get the best possible deal. And we want to make sure these jobs represent an end to poverty.