Black and Green: Black Insights for the Green Movement: Black Insights for the Green Movement Paperback – 30 Jul 2009
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A marketer's gold mine! Ali combines an entertaining, yet skillful approach of connecting Black-American cultural insights with smart, well thought-out strategies, and examples to help increase Green Movement Participation among both Black and mainstream audiences....A must read for our planet and effective marketing!--Pepper Miller, president, The Hunter-Miller Group, Inc. and co-author of "What's Black About It? Insights to Increase Your Share of a Changin
A book from the heart and for the heart of the Black community. Make sure everyone you know reads this compelling book about saving the planet.--Lester R. Brown, author of "Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization"
Jamal Ali has provided an essential framework of how we can tackle this issue with the assistance of all communities in a sustainable and practical way.--Pamela Daniels-Halisi, senior vice-president in Community Banking
The further we get away from nature the more troubles we encounter in health and education. Going green will be returning to our natural instincts. Clearly Jamal Ali understands this and has expressed it as it has never been expressed or explained before. This is a must read.--Tyrone Powers Ph.D., director, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute, author of Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent
About the Author
Jamal Ali has always taken an active role to better his community and he views 'going green' as a major way to continue this effort. He is working to make sure the information flow and the benefits of going green reach the Black community. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children. This is his first book.
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What's Black about Black and Green? (Apologies to Pepper Miller)
When Jamal Ali told me that he had written a book about black people and the Green movement, I was suspicious. Do black people really need a special book just for them? Special instructions aren't needed to teach us how to screw in a compact fluorescent light bulb; and we know not to leave the light on after we leave a room, just the same as whites. If you want to read about how to be "Green," there's already plenty of literature out there about why it's important and how to do it.
However, very shortly after I started reading Ali's book, Black and Green: Black Insights for the Green Movement, I realized that he was onto something. Black people in this country have a heritage of making do with little, reinventing and adapting what they had. Much of that sensibility has been lost or at least put aside. Also, Ali breaks down the Green subject by sharing his family traditions and recollections in a way that I was able to identify with immediately. And apparently all of us black people who think we're pretty "schooled" about "Green" have room to improve ourselves, our cities, stores, churches, etc., right up until we die--yes, there's a section in the book about "Green burials."
Ali writes about these issues with a mix of indignation and concern, but ultimately is optimistic. In the end, Black and Green is really a book about survival. Right now, we are barely making it. Let's read it and piece together something more lasting.