Time to Step Up.

Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Early Sunday morning,Van Jones announced his resignation from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Amid the buzz and speculation surrounding this news, we must not forget Van's invaluable contribution to building a stronger future for our country.

Van has helped to successfully translate the promise of a clean-energy economy into real jobs and opportunities for all Americans. The goal of safer streets, cleaner communities, and pathways out of poverty is a step closer to reality because of his efforts.

While Van may have stepped down from his formal position, now is the time for all of us to step up. Thanks to Van and countless supporters like yourself, the foundation for change has been set. We must continue to strengthen it -- to build a more secure, clean and equitable future for our nation.

Now is the time for an inclusive green economy. Now is the time for action.

We need climate legislation that includes access and opportunity for all Americans. And we need your help to ensure that these provisions are part ofit and that the promise of a clean-energy economy is realized. (click here to take a stand for our future - and forward this to all your friends and help keep the momentum going).

In the face of disappointment, now is the time for renewed resolve forour common goals.

Green For All,

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

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