It’s absolutely necessary and urgent for all of us to pursue ways of life that are good for the climate, economy and humanity, and to learn how we have to change if we’re not doing that. All we’ve been told to do and believe is not working in a positive way for the majority of Earth’s inhabitants, and we have to find better ways. We’re not messing around, this is urgent and our priority #1 to help get people moving by focusing intentions and removing distractions. Show your commitment.

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  2. Finding my niche in The CLEAN Life*: I want to learn about behaviors, science, business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity and that are interesting to me and my unique situation, expertise, resources and experiences; 
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*Broadly, the CLEAN Life is a path to a better future for all. We can’t change things with the snap of a finger, but we can envision what we want it to look like and work towards it. We all have a role to play. In this community, we can empower every single person to discover their purpose in order to be happy, healthy and productive on their own terms. More specifically, The CLEAN Life is when we’re all learning about and taking target actions (those that are good for the climate, economy and humanity) in whatever we do and choose, and when we’re building Climate Ventures (that are good for the climate, economy and humanity) to help advance life on Earth.

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Moms and Dads Carbondale Meetups

The first meetup is Friday, September 13, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Turley Park in Carbondale, Illinois. We are in charge of buying things for our family, of making sure we can provide for them, and making sure that they get the education they need. We want to do what’s...

Energy Panel – June 12 2019 – Carbondale, Illinois

Here are some details about the energy panelists and topic areas at the upcoming June 12 event in Carbondale: The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois - Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs and Communities. Our energy panel is going to help us look at our current...

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Stop Using Oil – A Spreadsheet

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Fossil Fuels Aren’t Cheap

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Blockchain for Carbon Credits in the Climate Economy

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Shop Local – Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur

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

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Why the Climate Economy #2: Health

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

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Local Food Economy... – “3-Step Program Towards a Low-Carbon Lifestyle”

Just like that favorite breakfast cereal of yours is part of a complete breakfast, is part of a complete low-carbon lifestyle strategy. Here are three steps that will help you to make the best choices to thrive authentically in a world with a changing climate.

1. Understand your needs and impact.

Evaluate your personal/business needs, and how you can cut unnecessary waste.

Ask questions.

Seek out truth in a world of disinformation.

Know your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in a world with a changing climate.


2. Be a star in the Climate Economy.

Explore and learn more about what you love, and how it fits in The Climate Economy.

Try things out.

Measure and evaluate.

Specialize and create value in your area of expertise. 



3. Share and Participate

Build community.

Build connections.

Build trust.

Contribute your expertise. 


Metro East Kickoff – Event 2 of 3 – Local Community Investment and Funding Strategies – May 27 2020

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