Van Jones Ted Talk: ‘we can’t trash the planet without trashing people’

March 3, 2011 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

The fact that environmentalism and social justice are intimately connected is a point that can’t be made too often – and nobody makes it better than Van Jones.

Highlights include:

  • his observation that the USA has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of its greenhouse gas emissions – and 25% of its prisoners. According to him, both are symptoms of our ‘addiction to disposability’.
  • his observation that when we’re young, we want to help everyone, and change all aspects of the world, but as we get older, we’re told to specialise: ‘they told you, are you gonna hug a tree, or hug a child? Pick!’
  • And finally, the line that sums up the whole talk: ‘We can’t trash the planet without trashing peole. But the good news is that if we decide we can’t trash people, then we can’t trash the planet either.’

 

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