Chapter 7Efficiency and Green Jobs

Green jobs and a green economy have the potential to transition our society from an economic system that is reliant on pollution to one that is cleaner and greener and that fulfills our responsibility as stewards of the Earth (khalifah). In 2007, the term “green jobs” was barely seen or heard, but the concept took the nation by storm in the 2008 presidential election. National advocacy organizations involved in the environmental movement joined forces to advance a national campaign calling for “Green Jobs Now.” The leading organizations were 1Sky, Al Gore’s We Campaign, and Green For All.1 By the end of 2008, “green jobs” had become a mainstream phrase. Each presidential candidate needed a position on green ...

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