Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor people and poor countries “first and worst,” with consequences we all share no matter where we live and what we earn. At TEDxGPGP, he offers a few powerful ideas to help us reclaim our throwaway planet.
Anthony “Van” Jones is founder of the Ella Baker Center for human rights, based in Oakland, California, and of Green for All, an NGO dedicated to “building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.” His work points to the connection between green energy and job creation.
He’s the author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems . In 2009, US President Obama appointed Jones his Special Advisor on Green Jobs; Jones resigned the position later that year.