Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Win a book Wednesday: The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones (and open thread)

If you've been hanging around here a while, you know that I am a bibliophile. I love books and I love reading. I step into a neighborhood bookstore and my purse starts hemorrhaging money. All the uncracked spines, the crisp pages, the new book smells...oh! The minor success of my blog also means some publishers share new books with me to share with all of you. As a result, there are stacks of well-read and unread tomes scattered around my house, overflowing the shelves I keep buying to house my obsession. So, this weekend I got an idea: I will periodically give away new and used books here on What Tami Said. This way, I share some good reads with all of you and clear my shelves for more and more books. (Squeal!)

Provocative, personal, and inspirational, The Green Collar Economy is not a dire warning but rather a substantive and viable plan for solving the biggest issues facing the country—the failing economy and our devastated environment. From a distance, it appears that these two problems are separate, but when we look closer, the connection becomes unmistakable.

In The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. The economy is built on and powered almost exclusively by oil, natural gas, and coal—all fast-diminishing nonrenewable resources. As supplies disappear, the price of energy climbs and nearly everything becomes more expensive. With costs and unemployment soaring, the economy stalls. Not only that, when we burn these fuels, the greenhouse gases they create overheat the atmosphere. As the headlines make clear, total climate chaos looms over us. The bottom line: we cannot continue with business as usual. We cannot drill and burn our way out of these dual dilemmas.

Instead, Van Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy. Built by a broad coalition deeply rooted in the lives and struggles of ordinary people, this path has the practical benefit of both cutting energy prices and generating enough work to pull the U.S. economy out of its present death spiral.

Rachel Carson's 1963 landmark book Silent Spring was the pivotal ecological examination of the last century. Now, rising above the impenetrable debate over the environment and the economy, Van Jones's The Green Collar Economy delivers a timely and essential call to action for this new century.
This New York Times bestseller has a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Read an article about Jones, an African American activist and visionary in Time magazine.

Enter to win this book by participating in this open thread by Monday, Dec. 22. All names attached to this thread will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will be announced next Wednesday and that person can e-mail me with their mailing address. The book will be sent via USPS Media Mail.

The winner of the book is invited to post a review on What Tami Said.

Good luck!


Lady C said...

I saw Van Jones on either IFC or The Sundance Channel, I forget which one at the moment, last year. What he is doing, teaching the youth to build solar panels, can be done anywhere with the know how.

I have asked my husband to contact a man here in our city, who helps youthful ex-offenders find work, to get in touch with Van Jones to find out what he can do to point this guy in the right direction to help these ex-offenders learn to build solar panels and to help our city go green.

PureGracefulTree said...

Ooh, put me in the drawing, please! I've heard so many wonderful things about Van Jones but haven't yet had a chance to become more familiar with his work.

Rebecca said...

This sounds really interesting. My brother-in-law is majoring in construction management and wants to go into green building - I'm going to have to remember this book for when his birthday comes around!


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