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Section Banner: Public Witness Rally, Ft Lauderdale, FL GA 2008

Green Economy

"Remember, a big chunk of the African-American community is economically stranded. The blue-collar, stepping-stone, manufacturing jobs are leaving. And they're not being replaced by anything. So you have this whole generation of young blacks who are basically in economic free fall.

If we can get these youth in on the ground floor of the solar industry now, where they can be installers today, they'll become managers in five years and owners in 10. And then they become inventors. The green economy has the power to deliver new sources of work, wealth and health to low-income people—while honoring the Earth. If you can do that, you just wiped out a whole bunch of problems. We can make what is good for poor black kids good for the polar bears and good for the country."

—Van Jones, founder of Green For All, 2008 Ware Lecturer, and author of The Green Collar Economy

Unitarian Universalists have long supported racial and economic equality, as well as respect for the well-being of the planet of which we are a part. A Green Economy allows us to address both of these concerns simultaneously.

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Last updated on Friday, August 19, 2011.

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