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Thinking Big by Nathaniel Loewentheil, James Lardner

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8 An Inclusive Green Economy

Van Jones and Jason Walsh

IN the twenty-first century, America will be defined by its response to two great challenges. One is global warming, which threatens irreparable harm to our planet and its people. The other is the increasingly unequal economy of our own country, which is now more divided between rich and poor than at any time in living memory. The necessary response to these intertwined realities is to build an inclusive green economy, strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

A powerful logic connects the two missions. The shift to a more efficient, low-carbon economy will have profound health benefits for poor people, who suffer disproportionately from cancer, asthma, and other pollution-related ...

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