Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Tonight President Obama laid out his plan for moving our nation forward in 2010.
He made a bold call for clean-energy jobs, saying, "the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation."
While we appreciate the President's leadership, there is no question that without a climate and energy bill signed into law, we cannot realize his vision.
What we need now is not only words, but action. Not only vision, but the resolve and strength to make that vision real for America's communities.
We also must remember a simple truth that we forgot in 2009. It is not only up to President Obama to bring change to America. That is also our job.
It was a grassroots movement for change that swept him into office, and a grassroots movement that must push President Obama further. We must raise our voices and demand a better, healthier, more just future for all Americans.
Our communities still need investments in the green economy that create health, wealth, and opportunity.
America still needs to transform our economy into one that protects the earth, rather than poisoning it.
And we still need, more than ever, comprehensive climate and energy legislation that caps carbon pollution and creates millions of green jobs.
We've always known that it will take a strong movement to help the President carry through on his promises.
In 2010, we must rise to that challenge.