3-Minute Interview: Van Jones

The Green For All founder will join incoming California state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Thursday evening for a discussion about green-collar jobs at the Commonwealth Club.

What is a green-collar job? A traditional blue-collar vocational job that's been upgraded to better respect the environment — it could be anything from installing solar panels to working in organic agriculture to manufacturing wind turbines.

What is Green For All? It's a national organization that advocates for green-collar jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

Who in San Francisco stands to benefit from green-collar jobs? All low-income people and people of color who need work — it's the people who've been left out of the pollution-based economy who stand to benefit the most from the transition to a green economy.

What is a pollution-based economy? The economic theories that we've been operating on were created in the 1800s when you had a whole lot of nature and very few people. Now you've got a planet with a whole lot of people and very little nature. A lot of stuff used to be off the books — like carbon and the idea of inexhaustible resources.

How realistic is it to think we can move to agreen economy? Well, how realistic is it to think that we're going to be able to base our economy on drilling and burning oil and baking the planet?

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