Van Jones broke new ground with his proposal for a green-collar economy, stating that "the time has come to move beyond eco-elitism to eco-populism." He fights for environmental justice and to create an economy that is both sustainable and that lifts up the poorest communities through green-collar jobs.
Jones describes how the third wave of environmentalism -- the investment wave -- could solve inequality and catastrophe with a "Green New Deal" mindset. The Commonwealth Club awards Van Jones a 21st Century Visionary Award for guiding the nation to ecological equality.
Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.
Environmentalist Van Jones calls for a "serious" climate and energy bill to stop companies from dumping "planet-cooking pollution" into the atmosphere. "If you take away that right to pollute for free," says Jones, "you send a signal to the only force in the world that can solve this problem -- the entrepreneur."