April 22, 2016: Green for All's Vien Truong on how to use policy to combat environmental racism in places like Flint, Michigan. Hear her talk about why it's okay to demand that polluters pay for the damage they cause in our communities.
April 21, 2016: Environmental pollution used to be an inconsequential act for industries and communities. Yet as science has evolved and explained the many effects of pollution, including climate change, the notion of having a free pass to pollute has ended. The big question now is often not how or what is being affected by pollution, but who should pay for it. For Vien Truong, director of Green For All, the answer is simple: whoever creates the pollution should pay for it.
April 21, 2016: Green for All, an NGO that recently visited Flint, released a statement about Snyder’s continued pass from any consequences. Vien Truong, director, says: “What is happening in Flint is criminal, but the person ultimately responsible is Gov. Rick Snyder, who made the call to poison Flint’s residents for the sake of Michigan’s budget. … While we applaud the move towards criminal charges, what’s needed is the money to rebuild and fix Flint.”
Joining the furious voices of poisoned Flint residents calling for even "an ounce of accountability," Green For All marked Earth Day by launching a national campaign calling on polluters to pay for what they break via a modified carbon tax to be invested back into the communities they trash.
March 18, 2016: The confluence of race, poverty and environmental issues in Flint attracted the attention of Green For All, a national organization that works with communities of color on issues relating to pollution and sustainability. “For a long time we’ve seen poverty and pollution treated as such big issues that they should be handled separately,” says Green For All Director Vien Truong. “But what we know is that they’re so interconnected that neither one can be stopped unless they’re done together.”
March 7, 2016: Oscar-nominated actor and water activist Mark Ruffalo listened to residents vent frustration over the city’s lead-tainted water system Monday, then expressed his own outrage. Ruffalo and Van Jones, a CNN political commentator, were joined by a group of activists in the basement of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church near the city’s downtown on Monday to discuss the needs of the people of Flint in dealing with the city’s municipal water supply disaster.
March 7, 2016: Author, activist and founder of Green For All, Van Jones, will join a group of participants of the Support For Flint’s Future Bus Tour that include actor and founder of Water Defense Mark Ruffalo; environmental justice activist and Director of Green For All Vien Truong; and businessman, philanthropist and founder of NextGen Climate Tom Steyer.
March 7, 2016: Earlier on Monday, organizers from Green for All – a national initiative launched to highlight environmental issues in low-income communities – ferried Ruffalo, Steyer, and residents around Flint on a bus to highlight chief demands from local activists: water bill reimbursements, a full replacement of lead service lines in the city, and infrastructure investments to address long-term financial impacts in wake of the crisis.
March 2, 2016: "The mission behind this bus tour, and Green For All, is to provide a megaphone for the community leaders and organizations working to address the crisis in Flint," said Truong. "We now need to turn the focus to the future of Flint, and what the community needs to sustainably and equitably rebuild itself into a prosperous city."
February 3, 2016: Green for All has helped to create more than 10,000 jobs for low-income people and people of color in green industries. I like to build things that solve problems and have had a very exciting career doing it.
February 1, 2016: Poverty and pollution are not separate issues. They unfortunately often go hand in hand, with the most impoverished people suffering the brunt of pollution. Vien Truong, national director of Green For All, challenged business and tech leaders at VERGE 2015 to take on these two related issues by building services and products that improve life in all communities and help clean up the air and water.
January 11, 2016: On Monday, Steyer’s NextGen Climate teamed up with fellow activists Van Jones, founder of Green for All and briefly green jobs adviser for Obama; Mona Mangat, board chair of Doctors for America; and Michael Breen, chief executive of the Truman national security project, for the release of a new report casting climate change as a threat to national security and public welfare.
December 31, 2015, By Keith Ellison and Van Jones. Boise Jones of Minneapolis, Minnesota knows the pain and fear of rushing his child to the emergency room because he can't breathe. His son has been repeatedly treated for asthma and respiratory problems, and each year, 3,500 people in his neighborhood in North Minneapolis are hospitalized for the same reason. That isn't a coincidence.
December 23, 2015, by Megan McWilliams. Van Jones is no mere mortal when it comes to fighting for climate change and social justice. He's got a staggering list of accomplishments for a man that is not quite at that midlife mark. From working with Presidents Bush and Obama (and getting a recent shoutout from Obama) to starting many organization like Green For All that are working to expedite renewable energy as well as bringing awareness to civil rights and social issues.
December 11, 2015, by Rev. Dr. Ambrose F. Carroll. "No justice no peace" was the rallying cry fro my comrades andI at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) in April of 1992. I was in my middle year in seminary at the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center andI, and many others from Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Spellman College and Morehouse College were compelled to express our disbelief that those who publically beat Rodney King would not be prosecuted for their deeds.
December 8, 2015, by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III and Dr. Julianne Malveaux. Contrary to big polluters who deny it, climate change is real. The cost of neglect is real and incredibly high, for African Americans.
November 10, 2015, by Noah Enelow. Early this month, eight Ecotrusters attended an inspiring talk by community organizer, author, and journalist Van Jones at Portland State University, hosted by the Institute of Sustainable Solutions. His insights spoke directly to our work as we attempt to build a new green economy that makes room for communities historically marginalized by the environment.
November 10, 2015, by Justin Mikulka. One tactic of the fossil fuel industry's attack on proposed Clean Power Plan is to say it unfairly targets minority communities when in fact the opposite is true. Industry-funded groups like the National Black Chamber of Commerce are among the groups making these claims.
November 4, 2015, by Taylor Hill. Most Americans are aware the climate is changing, but a majority of the population isn't that worried about it, according to a new study.
November 4, 2015, by Barbara Grady. When California was building its carbon emissions cap and trade program, environmental justice activist Vien Truong came to the state with an idea. Because by law the proceeds of the cap and trade system must be invested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Truong, director of Green For All, suggested setting aside a percentage to assure that disadvantaged communities most affected by pollution benefit.
October 22, 2015, by Benjamin F. Chavis. With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the critical importance of environmental justice for Black American, Latino Americans, Native Americans and for other people of color must be reasserted.
October 21, 2015, by John J. Berger. The climate movement is not just about greenhouse gases. It is also about free bus passes, solar panels, community building, the economy, and jobs. The climate movement must find ways to reach across communities to create jobs and pathways out of poverty for people, Vien Truong says.
October 2, 2015, by Vien Truong. Perhaps like many Americans, I was struck by the sight of Pope Francis standing in front of Congress talking about climate change with Speaker John Boehner on one side and Vice President Biden on his other. It made me wish California was on the Pontiff’s itinerary. California is showing the world that you can cut pollution and grow the economy, while helping families—at all socio-economic levels—build better lives.
September 30, 2015, by Levi Novey. Yesterday several members of The Corps Network's staff were honored to join Green For All at an event that focused on the opportunities presented to communities by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency's finalized Clean Power Plan. In her opening remarks, Vien Truong put a big emphasis on her desire to tell the uplifting stories of those people who have not traditionally benefitted from the economics of the energy industry and who probably have been negatively impacted by pollution.
September 16, 2015 - “Be just. Be green. Be real.” This single line summarized the fervent message of the awe-inspiring Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at the opening service of Green For All's Green the Church Summit last month in Chicago.
August 23, 2015 - Green The Church's Rev. Ambrose Carroll explains why black churches are moving to the forefront of the environmental justice movement.
August 17, 2015 - Hundreds of pastors, faith-based community leaders and others from across the country attended the Green the Church Chicago Summit August 19th - 21st at Trinity United Church of Christ,
August 11, 2015 - Several polls indicate that African-American and Latino voters overwhelmingly support government action to combat climate change -- and the Clean Power Plan specifically. Additionally, many major black and Hispanic organizations have endorsed the EPA's plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants because of the financial and health benefits it will provide for their communities.
August 4, 2015 - Vien Truong, Green For All National Director, joins HuffPo Live to discuss the historic Clean Power Plan unveiled by the Obama administration to tackle global warming.
August 3, 2015 by Van Jones - On Sunday morning, President Obama released a video "memo to America." It pointed to droughts, super-storms and increases in asthma as evidence that climate change is not just a problem for future generations, but our own. Today, the administration is publishing the plan to do something about it.
July 23, 2015, by Van Jones and Rep. Keith Ellison - Centuries of racial discrimination as well as bad trade deals and economic policies that favor the wealthiest have led to black Americans being almost three times more likely to live in poverty than white Americans. We can’t fight this trend by believing the lies that rich fossil fuel and utility executives tell us. Black lives matter more than corporate profits –now is a chance to make sure our laws reflect that.
July 20, 2015 - Thanks in part to initiatives like the ones the White House just announced…barriers are falling. This is a moment to celebrate. And cheer on leaders like our President, Grid Alternatives, Green For All and Vote Solar who are making it happen. Last year, our country added as much solar-power capacity every three weeks as it did in all 52 weeks of 2008. And worldwide, renewable energy's new capacity outstripped coal, oil and gas combined.
July 19, 2015, by Van Jones - There's a solar power boom in America. But so far, not enough Americans are seeing the benefits of clean energy. Fortunately, the Obama administration is doing something about it. The solar industry and other government leaders have joined in, but they need to step up even more.
July 18 2015, by Breanna Edwards. The founder of Green for All, Van Jones, spoke to The Root about the impact a recently announced White House clean-energy initiative will have on low-income communities and communities of color, and what it would mean for the president’s legacy.
June 23, 2015, by Van Jones. After years of foot-dragging by his predecessors and Congress, President Obama is taking on the biggest culprit behind global warming: pollution from outdated power plants. It’s no surprise that Obama’s opponents are fighting him every step of the way—just as they have done with Obamacare and everything else he has proposed. But what is surprising is the way they are trying to use communities of color – through lies and trickery – as their weapon against him.
June 22, 2015 - "Obama’s Clean Power Plan will mean fewer hospital trips and fewer missed school days for African American kids, plain and simple. In fact, the health benefits of keeping power plant pollution out of our air and lungs could save our country as much as $93 billion per year."
May 8, 2015, by Kate Sheppard. Environmentalism has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. From the emergence of climate change as the catalyzing issue of the 21st century to fights over the Keystone XL pipeline to the growing diversity of green groups, the environmental movement of today hardly looks like the one of yesterday.Here are 10 leaders who are reshaping our ideas about what it means to fight for the environment today, and who are worth watching in the future.
Findings from a National Survey of African Americans on Energy Issues