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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.

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

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!



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.


Projects Underway

At The Climate Economy, we’re involved in several ongoing projects, and we’re continuously getting involved into more. All of this is taking place on our productivity platform at All4.Earth. 


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!

What You Can Do

Let’s get back into balance!  We all can help. There are many things that need to be done, and we aim to ensure all the bases are covered, so you don’t have to. Your tax-deductible contribution will be used as efficiently as possible for:

  • Sustainability-Focused Economic and Community Development: Encourage and fund student-led community-based people-centered “climate ventures” that are good for the climate, economy and humanity (YES, all of that!): sometimes we’re helping to update an existing business, and sometimes we’re creating something totally new: new businesses, community projects, nonprofits, etc.
  • Project-Based Education and Training: Rapidly train university, community college and high school students to work as catalysts in their communities for high-demand clean energy and climate ventures: we’re helping upcoming generations understand, thrive and contribute in our increasingly connected world
  • Transferable Skills Development: Giving students of all ages opportunities to develop skills that are increasingly needed or required in our technology-driven economy, including networking, artificial intelligence, and more
  • Impact Investing: Help impact investors and donors get funding into the hands of motivated student and community groups for novel, collaborative ventures that are good for the climate, economy and humanity
  • Making a Difference: Give students the opportunity to work in real ventures making positive local and global change through internships: they can identify and fuel their passions, learn more about the world and how they can make a difference
  • Job Placement: Getting southern Illinoisans into training for 100’s of new jobs for the many new solar- and clean energy-related businesses around the region
  • Identifying and Increasing Awareness of Various Funding Opportunities and Other Resources: Work to ensure the plethora of government funding that’s currently available is coming to our region’s communities and institutions
  • Clean Energy Industry Establishment: Work to ensure that every person and every business in our region takes advantage of the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which is pouring funding into new clean energy businesses and jobs in marginalized, low income and coal-affected communities throughout the state

You don’t have to establish a nonprofit or business right off the bat to fund your start-up idea or project. Submit your project on All4.Earth and we can help you raise funds (up to $1,000 for starters), provide advice and feedback, and connect your team to resources. We also have free tools on the site for group and project management (tasks, timeline, budget, etc.), marketing of events, products or ideas, and much more. This is a great option for students who want to be able to add something awesome to their resumes, for a neighborhood group that wants to get something started, and inventors/entrepreneurs who want to get started bringing their product from their minds into reality. Check out our services, and apply today!

  • Register for an account or login so you can start earning points
  • Once you’re registered and logged in, you can always go to “My Profile” and get to all your personal stuff you’ve accumulated.
  • You can: Take courses, join groups, contribute ideas, add events to your calendar, add your own products to sell, manage projects, and much more.

Why All4.Earth?

Climate change is a complex issue with many varied causes and effects. It’s extremely unpredictable and different people in different places are going to have a variety of experiences. And, we don’t all have time to go to more meetings all the time. Sometimes, we just need some notes to catch up, or we just want to check and see what’s happening or how to get involved. All4.Earth is a project of The Climate Economy Education Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for education. It’s meant to help people carry on the word between meetings. It’s free and open to all.

Restore Balance to our Climate

“If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.”


That’s how the old saying goes. Anyone who’s every had or known someone who’s had a chronic or debilitating illness or injury can tell you about that. It applies to our Planet Earth as well. Our planet is sick, it has a fever, it’s heating up. We have to bring it back into balance now, or things are likely to get unpleasant.


Already, the effects of the unnaturally fast warming of our global climate can be seen. These effects are usually borne by our brothers and sisters around the world who are doing the least to cause the warming. Increased global average temperatures are causing increasingly more extreme weather events, droughts, floods, and people are losing their homes, their livelihoods, their families and their peace. It’s causing extinction of many species that help to sustain the web of life at alarming rates. People are being forced to migrate in order to find livable conditions, with places destroyed by violence and corruption, and exacerbated by the effects of climate change. These are just of the few things happening in our world that we can fix if we just decide to do it.


It’s the humanitarian, scientific, and economic issue of our time. And unless we do something now, we might lose the chance to make a positive change.



Labels for Impact

The world needs a meaningful measure developed for products (and services) that provide information about life cycle environmental/social impact. How much energy is used, how much waste is produced, water used, if they stay under a certain carbon footprint (or zero...

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...

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...

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...


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...

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 ...

TCE Opinion: The Paris Climate Agreement “Decision”

TheClimateEconomy.com has been closely watching for the Trump administration's "decision" regarding the Paris Climate Agreement. There are two things we feel are important to know about it at this point: At TheClimateEconomy.com we prefer to follow the truth, as in...

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....

Carbon Sequestration Gets the Gas

Some say that we have to focus on not only reducing our emissions, but on capturing carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere or being created by manufacturing and energy processes. This is known as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS; check out the Global CCS...

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...

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...

The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois

The First Climate Economy Kickoff Event: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities - June 12, 2019Overview Original event description: This event will provide southern Illinois communities, non-profits, businesses,...

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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...

Soil: The Next Carbon Frontier?

Have you heard about the permafrost melting? This is soil or ground that's been frozen for sometimes thousands of years, and it covers one quarter of the land in the northern hemisphere. As recently reported, in places like Alaska and others, we're finding out that...

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...

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...

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...

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,...