How do we transition to a renewable economy without leaving the workers, young people, and communities most impacted by extractive industries behind?

 

Far too often, powerful interests divide communities by presenting a false choice between good jobs and a healthy environment.

A fundamental principle of the new economy is “cultivating abundance” — the idea that there is enough and that we can, and must, have living wages and a livable planet.

 

Figuring out how to create a just transition to a new economy isn’t easy. Extractive industries employ a lot of people and the climate science tells us we must ask fast. But if this movement is truly about building something new, we can’t prioritize a privileged sense of urgency over our commitment to justice.

We must move quickly in the right direction. And so we must ask ourselves on day four on #NewEconomyWeek:

How do we transition to a renewable economy without leaving the workers, young people, and communities most impacted by extractive industries behind?

Today, and each day this week, we will be featuring written responses by NEC coalition members and allies. We are also thrilled to be partnering with Yes! Magazine to broadcast some of this week’s content on their website. Check out their #NewEconomyWeek page here.

Also if you haven’t already, make sure to  register for today’s incredible online panel featuring leaders from 350, Atlanta Food & Farm, and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).

Sincerely,

The New Economy Coalition team


 

#NewEconomyWeek Online Panel Series

Honoring our Histories, Fighting for our Future: Learning From Communities on the Frontlines of a Just Transition
Thursday, October 16 @ 3-4pm EST

[REGISTER TODAY] Far too often, powerful interests divide communities by presenting a false choice between good jobs and a healthy environment. A fundamental principle of the new economy is the value of cultivating abundance — the idea that there is enough and that we can, and must, have living wages and a liveable planet. And so we must ask ourselves: “How do we transition to a renewable economy without leaving the workers, young people, and communities most impacted by extractive industries behind?

Panelists:
Deirdre Smith, 350
Kwabena Nkromo, Atlanta Food & Farm LLC
Ivy Brashear, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)

Displacing Injustice, Embracing Community: Lessons from Local and Regional New Economy Organizing
Friday, October 17 @ 3-4pm EST


#NewEconomyWeek Day Four Responses

Status-Quo Solutions to Climate Change Are Not Enough by Anthony Giancatarino, Center for Social Inclusion

Laying a New Economic Foundation in the Ocean by Niaz Dorry, North Atlantic Marine Alliance

Growing Deep Roots In Central Massachusetts by Matt Feinstein, Worcester Roots Project

Just Transition and the Future of Economic Growth by Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies

Lessons from Appalachia by Becky Johnson and Kristin Lang, Croatan Institute

Shorter Work-Time Can Help In The Transition by John de Graaf, Take Back Your Time


 

#NewEconomyWeek Day Four Featured Events

36 events in 17 states and provinces!

Community Resilience 101: How Your Community Can Thrive in Challenging Times
Thursday, October 16, 12:00PM EST / 9:00 AM PST
Online

Introduction to Local Investing Workshop
Thursday, October 16, 6:00PM to 7:45PM EST
Staunton, VA

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything
Thursday, October 16, 7:00PM to 9:00PM EST
Cambridge, MA

Embracing Multicultural Community Development Conference 2014
Thursday, October 16, 8:30PM to Sunday, October 19, 8:30PM
Edmonton, AB

Visit www.neweconomyweek.org for the full list of over 90 events planned by NEC’s friends and allies!

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