Enterprises featured in the Building Resiliency Through Green Infrastructure report are creating a blueprint for other cities to follow as they work to protect their communities from the effects of climate change.
Hosted by: Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, The Summit Foundation, and The Democracy Collaborative
Creating climate resilient cities means more than investing in infrastructure—it means tackling economic and racial inequality that leaves disinvested communities on the frontlines of climate damage. Watch as a panel of practitioners explores how building green stormwater infrastructure (harnessing nature's innate ability to manage runoff) can be a key intervention point for also building community wealth, creating a vibrant economic system where democratic ownership and control creates more equitable outcomes.
The Green New Deal would address climate issues and simultaneously attempt to resolve systematic economic inequality. While politicians are necessary for the change, the final word should not be left to them. "Let’s encourage politicians to champion a just transition to a better future, but let’s not leave it all up to them. To build an economy that is appropriate for life on a finite planet, we need to listen to the young climate strikers and implement their rallying cry," Sarah McKinley writes.
A new report by the Democracy Collaborative looks at how community wealth building can help neighbourhoods plan for droughts and floods.
Many of the proposals to help curb climate change fail to address the long incentivization of fossil fuel extraction. Incentives should be moved toward production and use of renewables if any valuable change is to happen.
Tacoma is looking to model a community wealth and development program after the greenhouse built in Cleveland through Green City Growers.
“Plain and simple, it works,” Ted Howard, a Clevelander, told Tacoma’s anchor institution representatives last September. Howard now serves as president and co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative, which provides research, support, and evangelism around this idea of institutions pooling their power for their communities.
The Green New Deal presents the opportunity to reclaim public ownership of the energy sector in a way that would not only be more cost efficient and equitable but would also protect the environment by incentivizing people over profit.
The Green New Deal bill stands against a daunting task: to produce net zero emissions by 2050. Johanna Bozuwa explains how privately-owned utilities are incentivized only for profit and not to care for the environment.
“So being pushed towards taking climate change seriously and shifting towards renewables… those are all things that are contrary to the investor-owned utility model that makes money specifically off of what they call capital infrastructure and guaranteed rate of return.”
In a discussion of the UK's considerations to nationalize or renationalize many services, a report by Carla Santos Skandier, Research Associate for the Next Systems Project with the Democracy Collaborative, is featured explaining the path that nationalizing fossil fuels might take in the U.S. The deprivatization of the fossil fuels industry is especially important as it would have large effects on climate and environment policy, as well.
Civic and business leaders convened at California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, but protestors decried their “false solutions” to the climate crisis. Johanna Bozuwa offers thoughts on the public voice's power against large corporations. Read more about Hundreds Disrupt Global Climate Action Summit, Demand Climate Justice...
How investments in the green infrastructure needed for climate resiliency can be leveraged to build community wealth with worker cooperatives and social enteprises.
Kate Aronoff writes for the Intercept on "Is Nationalization An Answer to Climate Change?" In this article, Aronoff cites research by the Next System Project:
Cala Skandier, of the Democracy Collaborative, writes for Truthout: "Fossil Fuels Are Next in Line for a Bailout – Here’s How We Respond." In this article, Carla Skandier writes about the quantitative easing for the planet:
That’s when the term “quantitative easing” entered the mainstream vocabulary. By pumping trillions of dollars into the economy, the Federal Reserve was able to buy assets of failing financial institutions, providing them with the parachute for a soft landing and a floor below which the economy would not fall further.
Matthew J. Burke writes explores a just economic trasitions and the long-term strategies for energy democracy in Science Direct. In this publication, Burke highlight the thought leadership, and guidance of the Democracy Collaborative:
The authors thank the editors of this special issue and two anonymous reviewers for constructive recommendations that significantly improved this paper. We wish to gratefully acknowledge two anonymous energy democracy activists for helpful discussions on the energy democracy movement from the advocate perspective. We further acknowledge multiple colleagues in Vermont, Massachusetts, and at The Democracy Collaborative, for efforts and valuable insights that informed this research.
Green Money reposts the Democracy Collaborative press release on Impact Investing:
A new report by Mary Ann Beyster, president and trustee of the Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED), published by the Fifty by Fifty initiative of The Democracy Collaborative, examines the investing landscape for potential opportunities in employee ownership.
Gar Alperovitz is an historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. In addition to a distinguished career in academia, he is also the a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth. His latest project is called the “Pluralist Commonwealth,” which is an economic model that is neither traditional corporate capitalism nor traditional state socialism.
The Next System Project's Gar Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the Federal Reserve should use quantitive easing, i.e. create money, to take Big Oil companies out of the equation and finance a massive green infrastructure program...watch the video here