Break a Leg, Climate Change

There has been quite some controversy recently about a story out of NY magazine: The Uninhabitable Earth. It goes into detail about things that "could" happen to the planet with projected changes in climate, such as food shortages, plagues, continuous wars, etc. Some...

Moral Imagination, Strategic Foresight and Backcasting for Sustainable Futures

The Climate Economy requires a way of thinking that includes the future in every strategic decision. We do this all the time in our daily lives without thinking too much about it. We help our kids with their homework so they can be more likely to succeed in the...

What is The Climate Economy?

The climate economy is where we learn how to create a world where humans, the climate and the economy can all prosper. it's not only possible, it's going to lead to more prosperity, equality, health and happiness for everyone. Not only that, it's cutting edge in a...

Why the Climate Economy #2: Health

It's a fact that the Clean Air Act saved 160,000 lives in 2010 alone. Top medical associations have sounded the alarm on the dangers of pollution and climate change. And just yesterday we have an article about research led by Harvard about the increase in people...

Climate SWOT

Here's a skill we're going to need more of in the future: Climate SWOT. What's SWOT? It's a tool for competitive analysis. It's a business analysis where you consider: Strengths / Weaknesses / Opportunities / Threats - Read more on Investopedia. What's Climate SWOT?...

Fossil Fuels Aren’t Cheap

Do you want cheaper energy? Maybe you need to go clean. Google "fossil fuels aren't cheap" (with quotations) and you get something like 300+ results.  Why is that? Lots of fossil fuel folks say we need to keep them around because they're so cheap.  Who's right? Well,...

Natural Climate Solutions: Trees, Water, Land and More for 37% of GHG Reductions in Near Term

Building on the soil theme, there's a fabulously detailed new study on "natural climate solutions" (NCS); it tells us how to use conservation, restoration, and land management actions across forests, wetlands, grasslands, and farmland. The actions will increase carbon...

Shop Local – Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur

Since it's Labor Day, we're going to talk about how the shop local movement is not just about shopping; it's about people doing jobs that are rewarding, useful, entrepreneurial, and less impactful on the environment, while contributing to community growth and...

Catalysts

Catalyst Training Catalysts are individuals who are given responsibility to help nurture a geographical community on the CLimate Economy Action Network (CLEANetwork). Read more about Catalysts below. Courses coming soon. Anyone, anywhere can become a Solar Ambassador...

Biochar – Expanding Our Economic Choices

Biochar is an example of flipping our traditional way of thinking on its head. There are so many crazy things that humans do in mindless ways that result in damages to the environment. All we have to do is think differently. We have a choice before us now,...

Why the Climate Economy #1: Money

There are many good reasons for caring about the climate, but since we're talking economy we'll start with money. Here are two of many good studies regarding the financial benefits of pursuing a climate economy now: NextGen Climate: The Pricetag of Being Young;...

Why the Climate Economy #6: For Future Generations

We are optimists at TheClimateEconomy.com, but we deal with reality and facts. We look at the facts, sometimes unpleasant, right in the face to understand what we need to do. This post is a reality blast in the face. It's alarming, but there's hope. If we...

Why the Climate Economy #7: Leave Denial Behind, and Act

It's time to stop pretending that it's not happening. It's time to stop making excuses. It's time to stop saying it's too hard or it's too late. It's time to stop acting like our daily decisions don't make a difference. It's time to stop being in denial that you need...

Stop Using Oil – A Spreadsheet

Recently, a bunch of oil blew up in Saudia Arabia, so suddenly US shale oil producers are all: OK let's ramp up production, more oil and natural gas! How about an alternative to that option, since: Nearly half of U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions are from petroleum...

The Obsolescence of Ignorance

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge or information according to Dictionary.com. Ignorance is dangerous because it can result in people making bad choices and taking actions that harm themselves and others, and it is completely unnecessary. We don't have to get mad if...

Metro East

The Climate Economy Education Inc Citizens Utility Board Piasa Palisades Sierra Club Sustainability at SIUe Metro East Green Alliance Confluence Climate Collaborative Main Sponsor The Just Transition Fund is dedicated to helping coal-affected communities build strong,...

Economic Diversification Panel – June 12 2019 – Carbondale, Illinois

Economic development and diversification is a key component of community resilience. Consider this excerpt from L Hunter Lovins et al's "A Finer Future": The key may be to start not with the nation but at a more local level. Imagine what might be called the Just City....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Conference and Workshop Coming to Carbondale June 12-13: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 8, 2019 Contact: Amy McMorrow Hunter, 618 713 2896, amy@shopcarbondale.com Conference and Workshop Coming to Carbondale June 12-13: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities Education...

A Fashion Transformation

"One truckload of clothing is wasted per second." Are you kidding me? This is from the findings of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's (EMF) new report on the textile industry. Also this: "If the industry continues on its current path, by 2050, it could use more than 26...

Key Takeaways, Presentations, Videos from June 12 2019 Event in Carbondale

Fifteen presenters helped to set the stage for community resilience in southern Illinois.   One senior executive from St. Louis said: This is the best networking I've ever had.   Panel discussions provided ideas and perspectives on energy, economic...
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The Climate Economy is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit for education and experimentation on business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. Our mission is to empower every individual, through youth-led community-based generative change, to build wealth and live their purpose in service to all life on earth, nurturing nature and human well-being. We call that “thriving authentically.” Our vision is to replace the current market system, which puts humanity’s core values of human rights, freedom, security, democracy, health, equality, and our very survival at supreme risk. By 2050, we envision a thriving zero-carbon economy, and we will have eradicated poverty, unemployment, violence, addiction and mental health issues of all kinds, and forever wars over resources.

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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

POSTPONED: First Annual Teen Summit and Maker Faire

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STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE!
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Dentmon Center, 880 High Street, Carbondale IL 62901

Description: The Green Venture Fest aims to inspire, educate and empower our youth to solve problems and become leaders in our communities. This is a brand new combination of curated activities and programs to build the cooperative energy of our youth:

  1. Summit: Conversations on teen-chosen topics, team-building activities
  2. Maker Faire: With creative/artistic/scientific exhibits, demonstrations, workshops
  3. Club Forum: School clubs can share their activities and achievements and sign up new members

Students at schools from all over Southern Illinois are invited to attend! You can come as a club, or a group of interested students, or both!

Maker Faire

This event is an official Maker Faire Event! Carbondale Community High School’s Maker Club has been helping to organize the event from the start, which is why their name is on the logo, but this event is for ALL SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOLS!

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Upcoming Events in Feb 2022

Join us each Thursday in February at 10am for a webinar series aimed to help businesses adapt and recover, build resilience, and reduce costs through sustainability practices. We’ll talk about why sustainability matters for small business and cover a variety of low to no cost savings opportunities to get your business started down its sustainability journey.

First Resilience Fair in Carbondale, Illinois

On August 28, TCE together with the City of Carbondale’s Sustainability Commission and the Southern Illinois Cooperative Business Fund provided first Resilience Fair, with education, community conversations, networking and celebration.

All Together Now, Southern Illinois!

A series of events took place in April as part of “All Together Now, Southern Illinois!” Topics included solar, local food and farms, energy efficiency and renewable energy for rural economic development, biochar and our local carbon network.

Virtual Event this Saturday Provides Education, Community Conversations, Networking and Celebration of Community Resilience and Sustainability

Virtual Event this Saturday Provides Education, Community Conversations, Networking and Celebration of Community Resilience and Sustainability

Everyone is encouraged to attend this virtual event, to find their niche in the upside of taking action on climate change. This event, held virtually this Saturday, August 28, 1-3:30 p.m., aims to accentuate bold action on climate change—action that leads to improved...

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Press Release 10/02/20: Local solar business wants to donate solar systems worth $20,000 each to local nonprofits that can generate the most community support over the next two weeks

Press Release 10/02/20: Local solar business wants to donate solar systems worth $20,000 each to local nonprofits that can generate the most community support over the next two weeks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2020 Contacts: Aur Beck, AES Solar, 618 893 1717, tech@aessolar.com; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Website: https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com/story/Coal2sol ...

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Press Release 9/30/20: Investment in Southern Illinois communities and people is the focus of this upcoming webinar series

Press Release 9/30/20: Investment in Southern Illinois communities and people is the focus of this upcoming webinar series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Byram Fager, Southern Illinois Community Foundation, 618 997 3700, blfager@sicf.org; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Website: www.keepingmoneylocal.com ...

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Press Release 10/02/20: Local solar business wants to donate solar systems worth $20,000 each to local nonprofits that can generate the most community support over the next two weeks

Press release 9/23/20: Local fundraiser looks to stir up community support for free solar installations at local nonprofits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2020 Contacts: Aur Beck, 618 893 1717, tech@aessolar.com; Amy McMorrow Hunter, The Climate Economy Education Inc, 618 713 2896, amy@theclimateeconomy.com Local fundraiser looks to stir up community support for free solar...

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