Guess where Van Jones is popping up now? The former Green Jobs Czar shared emcee duties at the Brave New Voices Speak Green poetry slam -- a competition where "youth from around the country, ages 13 – 24, compete for the opportunity to travel on behalf of Youth Speaks to some of the key conferences and summits on the Environment to date." The topic of this year's event? Global warming.
As you'll see, the young poets stayed on point. One blasted BP head Tony Hayward and made sure to include the "F" word and mock the man's wife. Another said Bush didn't deserve his second term, and alluded to the former President not caring about hurricane Katrina.
That's where Van Jones comes in. This year's annual poetry slam was held in L.A. and featured the deposed Green Czar. After the event, Jones spoke candidly about young people embracing the green movement as "social justice," and how that's been his plan for the last 10 years.
"To see young people, this new generation, they have a new vision for the environment," he said. "They don't see the distinction between social justice and the environment -- they want to see healthy people and healthy planet. That's what I've been talking about for 10 years."
He went on to call the poems and their messages "beautiful." The full 11 minute video is below, featuring two poets and Jones at the end:
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Here's the full video of the first young person's poem chiding BP and Tony Hayward. The poet's name is Ceez Live, a 19 year-old from Philadelphia:
According to the site of Human Nature magazine, Ceez Live said it was important for youth to be leaders in the going green movement. "This competition is important because it's the youth," he told the site. "The youth being the next generation the people who are going to become your presidents, your lawyers, your doctors and your environmentalists."
The poetry event aired on HBO this month.
(H/T: Original video via Right Scoop.)