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  •  yup. It shouldn't be and having (5+ / 0-)

    worked with Appalachian whites in coalition, and having family that lived with them in the hill country, I know that.  You do too.

    What do you suggest we do to change the practice and the perception?

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 07:19:20 AM PDT

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    •  This post was excellent. Van Jones & solar power (6+ / 0-)

      Van showed how rooftop solar is a jobs program, an energy program and a fighting climate change program. National environmental organizations need to go local to get solar on rooftops in lower middle class communities where people own their own small homes but can't afford to install solar. They need to work with community colleges in communities of color to train more solar installation and maintenance techs. Of course, working class white folks need these jobs too.

      Once working class people see renewable energy as a jobs program the paradigm will shift.

      Likewise, good water, food and health are desperately needed by all poor and working class people. These are environmental issues that affect everyone.

      Look at China where half a billion people lost an average of 5 years off of their lives because of coal pollution of the air. No one was spared the effects of bad air.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:30:13 AM PDT

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      •  In an area where lots of solar panels (5+ / 0-)

        are going up (I have a roof-full, thanks to excellent incentives), my power company has only eight solar techs -- all in their fifties and nearing retirement, and no one coming up behind them.  

        Profound lack of foresight.

        Too bad there aren't any local programs here.  There are Latino communities, black communities, and the local reservation... all of whom could use training and employment.

        "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

        by Yasuragi on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:04:15 AM PDT

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    •  Having worked on these issues for a while (3+ / 0-)

      I think you have diagnosed a lot of the issue here.  It isn't so much a difference in where people's concerns are as a difference in how people frame the issues and think about what to label what it is they do. We haven't learned how to speak each others languages has been an issue for a long time and I see that there is finally great progress being made.  

      I myself sit on the board on a nonprofit that does environemntal education in k-12 schools in poor and minority communities to help create another generation of leaders who I think will turn out to be more bilingual. I am hopeful

      Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

      by Mindful Nature on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:16:24 AM PDT

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      •  I wish you would talk about the (2+ / 0-)
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        curricula a bit.  It is so important that young people get a "head start" on the environment.

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        by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:25:02 AM PDT

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        •  That is the thought (1+ / 0-)
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          It is primarily a service-learning approach, which is where students works on project that respond to a community need an then use that experience to develop their understanding of scientific, political and social issues.  For example, students develop tools for civic engagemt to identify needs and make the projects happen and them also study the scientific parts of how one best deals with recycling or open space restoration or air pollution.

          Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

          by Mindful Nature on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 11:20:35 AM PDT

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