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Find your niche in the climate economy, where it’s a win-win-win for climate-economy-humanity.

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. Read more about us.

What We Do

All4.Earth - Social Change Network

All4.Earth is The Climate Economy’s new Social Change Network. You can sign up and start your journey towards living an awesome life within planetary boundaries. It will help you, your family, your business and your community. You can win points for taking action, and redeem points for cash (as long as we have funders sponsoring events!). Education, community and tools will help you along. You can set up pages for your businesses, organization, or community initiative. It’s all about getting ideas and getting involved!

 

Events

Starting with the first Kickoff Event in Carbondale, Illinois in 2019, and looking forward now to the Teen Summit and Maker Faire in April 2023, we’ve got the events that are worth your time. Learn about new business models and funding resources, and meet others who share your passions.

Consulting

We can help you get your plans off the ground for your transition to the New Climate Economy, where we live our purpose and earn a good living while nurturing all life on earth. We can help you, your family, your business or your community come up with plans for change and ways to get your stakeholders involved. Contact us today!

Visions of the Climate Economy: An Incredible Illustration of the Benefits of a Low-Carbon Future

The New Climate Economy's report: "Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times" is one of those reports that I'm reading from cover to cover, with lots of highlighting and written-in thoughts and ideas. So many...

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,...

Saltwater Batteries

A major talking point of electric vehicle naysayers is that lithium-ion batteries are bad for the environment and not able to be recycled. This is mostly correct, and is leaving out the biggest problem. The materials for these batteries are coming primarily from...

Why the Climate Economy #4: Resilience

Rising temperatures, increasingly extreme weather events, and melting ice caps leading to rising sea levels are just a few of the things that are happening right now that are going to bring about monumental changes in life for everyone on the planet. There were 15...

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...

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;...

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....

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...

Life Cycle Analysis – Coal produces 25 times more greenhouse gases than solar photovoltaics

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has performed a "harmonization," or a further refinement, of hundreds of studies of life cycle analysis of solar photovoltaics, and compared it to the life cycle analysis greenhouse gas emissions of coal. The image above from...

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...

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?...

Electric Vehicles Dent the Market

Just today we're hearing: Tesla Passes Ford by Market Cap Before Musk Delivers Model 3. Ouch, who would've thought! Now you never know if that will stick but it's a pretty substantial moment. Why should we be thinking about electric vehicles (EV's)?  Well, for...

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,...

EcoTourism

With summer upon us, you may be looking for vacation ideas. Not to rain on your parade, but your vacation is probably not going to be great for the environment. Most mass-market tourism, the way we often practice it nowadays with no-holds-barred travel, accommodation,...

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...

Understanding Your Carbon Footprint

Consider this: @AssaadRazzouk An American's fridge uses 458 kw/h per year. That's 7 times more electricity than the average Ethiopian uses in total in one year 3 times a Nigerian or Kenyan 1 times a Pakistani a or a Bangladeshi 57% of an Indian or Indonesian 27% of an...

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 ...

Smart Buildings and Energy Efficiency

I'm not going to be able to say it better: Any successful climate protection strategy must consider residential and commercial buildings, which are responsible for almost 40 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. From houses and hotels to schools and skyscrapers,...

Climate Change and Behavioral Health

Did you happen to see the news about the continuing mental health trauma for people in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since the floods now more than a year ago?  Many died, thousands were forced out of their homes, they still haven't returned in many cases, some people lost...

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...
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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