- Climate justice and energy democracy
Climate justice and energy democracy
Our emphasis is where climate and energy meet structural issues of ownership, control, and finance—showing how emerging democratic economy approaches to ownership and finance can further both a just energy transition and the transition to a democratic economy.
With only a decade left to significantly reorient our economy for a chance to limit global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, there is an urgent need to ramp up the adoption of transformational solutions that go beyond incremental change. We have written extensively about how our political economy—namely through corporate power, unfettered growth, and limitless financial and resource extraction—drives the climate crisis and works to prevent meaningful action.
With this sense of emergency in mind, we launched our Climate and Energy Program to accelerate our advocacy for game-changing, systemic interventions that have the structural power to move society away from ecological destruction and toward a reparative, regenerative economy.
Our team is working to advance four specific areas of work:
- programs and research to aid communities fighting to take over their energy utilities as a decarbonization strategy;
- a growing body of advising on the intersections between climate resilience and community wealth building;
- a plan to end extraction of fossil fuels through nationalization of the domestic US oil and gas industry; and
- designs for nonextractive finance that could energize climate action.
Due in part to a spiraling crisis, but also due to our work with many activist and academic allies to marry deep research and effective advocacy, our proposals have begun to move from the margins to the mainstream of the climate and energy conversation.