Green Matters: Minorities and the Environment

(Last Updated On: January 7, 2015)

By Carletta Waddler

Are minorities interested and concerned about the environment?  Are there interested minority organizations?  Are the minority students in today’s universities interested in environmental careers?

The answer is a resounding “yes,” however the new multi dollar green economy is leaving the brown and black people of this country behind.

Whether  you agree with global warming or don’t, climate change is a fact.  Climate change is not something that happens overnight, but is a process that will be experienced  by each of us, including   future generations.  The change in climate will create a new language, culture, lifestyle and economy.  Already we see a change in curriculums at universities and a change in the way companies all over the world do business.

Are we as minorities prepared for this change?

According to Van Jones, the former Green jobs Czar for the president, “green is becoming the new gold” and the growth in lifestyles of health and sustainability is growing by leaps and bounds.  In 2006 it was a $229 billion portion of the US economy.  This new focus on green promises to create more jobs and create wealth.

Preparation is a key for our leaders, today and tomorrow.   We as minorities have always contributed to the growth and development of the United States, now we have the opportunity to be global contributors.

Can we do this? …. Yes, We Can.