Photo credit: Chris Eichler courtesy of Energy Action Coalition
Van Jones, green jobs adviser to President Obama recently addressed Power Shift 2011 (a gathering of 10,000 students and young leaders) and talked about the need to bring clean energy to poor communities and to fight for social equality together with climate action.
“Notice that the wealthy people have the solar panels, the poor people have the high energy bills” he said. “We can’t afford for poor people not to have solar panels.” He went on to discuss the need to change the stereotype of solar power saying that “The stereotype is that solar power is just hippie power. But it’s also cowboy power, farmer power, rancher power, and Appalachian mountain power.”
He also called for students to be more active and said “if you have a smart phone, you have more computing power than the US government had when it put man on the moon.Stop using them as toys, and start sing them as tools to change American … You have to make a decision not to wake your turn.”