Van Jones: "Hug a Tree and a Child"

Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones is an American environmental advocate, civil rights
activist, and attorney.  He graduated from University of Tennessee at Martin and Yale
Law School.  He was a self proclaimed radical in the 90's but in the past 15 years he
has became an advocate for "Green Jobs". 

While on this quest of helping to change minds and hearts about our environment and economy, he wrote a book called "The Green Collar Economy" (my next read).  He also was a major advocate for the Green Jobs Act, which George W. Bush signed into law in 2007. The Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term "green jobs." Under the Obama administration, it has resulted in $500 million for green job training nationally. 

He is also the founder of Green For All and according to the website,, it is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. He was also the country's first green job czar, Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). 

If I could interview Mr.Jones, I am sure that he would say that his proudest title is husband and father to Jana, Mattai, and Cabral.  Today, Van Jones  continues to advocate for "Green Jobs" for everyone and lectures on on all things "Green". 

Check out his lecture on "The economic injustice of plastic".  As I do with all important videos, I gave it a different title, "Hug a Tree and a Child".  Those are the words from Mr.Jones himself. 

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