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

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Welcome to The Climate Economy Education Inc

The Climate Economy Education Inc (TCE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation for education on behaviors, business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. We want to help every individual live their purpose and earn a good living, while cultivating human well-being and our natural environment. We’re helping people to cause youth-led community-based generative change in support of all life on Earth as the priority. This is a revolution from the ground up, and it’s going to be a ton of fun. All are welcome!

Founder and President/CEO: Amy McMorrow Hunter
Board Members: Chris Walls, Executive Director, Science Center of Southern Illinois; Peter Gregory, Humidtown Ventures; Adam Stone, Author, Producer, Filmmaker, Attorney

Partners/Collaborators (past and present): Science Center, Boys and Girls Club, Southern Illinois Community Foundation, ShopCarbondale.com, Downstate Caucus of the Illinois Climate Table, Carbondale Spring, Southern Illinois Cooperative Business Fund, Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, Women for Change, Carbondale Park District, City of Carbondale, Sierra Club Shawnee Group, Carbondale Spring, the Poor People’s Campaign of Southern Illinois, Faith in Place, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, Touch of Nature, Cristaudo’s and the Southern Illinois Collaborative Kitchen, City of Harrisburg, City of Carbondale’s Sustainability Commission, Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association, AES Solar, Solarize Southern Illinois, StraightUp Solar, Just Transition Fund, Women’s Health Naturally, Energy Resources Group, Macedonia Development Corporation, Food Works, Carbondale Spring’s Food Autonomy Initiative, Community Development Sustainable Solutions (CDSS) East St. Louis, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, SIU’s Sustainable Communities Center (SIUeSCC), Citizens Utility Board, Land for Learning Institute, GreenOurPlanet…

ShopSouthernIllinois.com, a local business directory and pollinator, donates 50% of all package revenues to The Climate Economy Education Inc.

Our main offices are in Makanda, Illinois (southern Illinois).

Mission and Vision

Humanity, especially Americans, must change our behavior. How do we know? Because scientists from around the world have told us again and again. We can’t look the other way. We must take action. We need to cause change, and we need to do it fast. Education is the key. We can do this, we can fix the problems our past and current behaviors have caused, and we can make things better for everyone. At TCE we have ideas for how to do it, and that’s what we’re working on. We invite you to join us.

The Climate Economy Education Inc is a 501(c)(3) 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.

We have envisioned this fabulous future, it’s totally possible, and we want to help make it happen.

The Climate Economy’s Activities

Our activities are works in progress. There are many solutions, and we’re working on these activities. We believe that together they address both individual and systemic changes needed. We’re moving things forward in our own location, and watching and learning about what’s happening in other locations. We welcome anyone who feels up to it to take these activities upon themselves in their own locations. Please just keep us in the loop so we can share what works and celebrate our progress together. Contact us any time: Amy McMorrow Hunter/618 713 2896/amy@theclimateeconomy.com.

The key innovations of The Climate Economy are Green Venturing (including the Compass), Cooperative Climate Venture Centers, and The CLimate Economy Action Network.

 

Green Venturing is a new approach to progress, growing out of efforts started in 2019. It’s fun STEAM education, experimentation and new venture development (science, technology, engineering, art and math), at all education levels and ages, with new community support structures and rewards systems. The goal is to support students on their journey to their dream job, that is, of course, good for the climate, economy and humanity. It’s supported and run by volunteers at the high school, college and lifelong learner levels as they provide customized programming and mentorship.

 

We have a Compass that guides us. It includes our values of caring, creativity, courage and equity. It includes cooperation and cooperative business models as the foundation in all activities. It includes measures of climate, economy, and humanity along the whole life cycle. And it includes our business model canvas that maps out our journeys, the climate venture map.

 

Green Venturing is supported by Cooperative Climate Venture Centers (CCVCs) for causing youth-led community-based generative change, and the CLimate Economy Action Network (CLEANetwork.Earth), which provides the market with a new system of rewards and helps build networks of change.

 

CCVCs are hubs based in low-income and marginalized communities with aspects of science centers, maker spaces, indoor gardens, community kitchens, computer labs, resilience hubs and youth hostels. They host Green Venturing activities for their region, which will be unique in the CCVC Network. CCVCs will first be established up and down the Amtrak’s Chicago to New Orleans train route, making them as accessible as possible to everyone everywhere. CCVCs can take shape anywhere someone wants to create one, and at any scale.

 

CLEANetwork.Earth is a customized online platform for green venturing, including online education, group and project management, and resource exchange. It uses a system of rewards that creates new kinds of wealth by rewarding actions that reduce emissions, increase community resilience or increase human connections. Adoption and implementation of new green ventures is sped up through replication and sharing of successful models.

Our Business Model

Everything that The Climate Economy Education Inc provides is supported by grants and donations, so that everything is free for everyone who wants to use the ideas, templates, platforms, and everything else that is developed. We are putting together plans for new ventures in which we hope to play a founding role. We’re led by our board of directors, our expert advisory boards, our staff and our volunteers. We invest our staff time into program development and support, website improvements and new venture creation as investment partners.

Benefits of Change

By tackling climate change now, we can

  1. Make the world a better place for future generations,
  2. Open up all kinds of opportunities for new jobs and businesses, and
  3. Improve the health of living things on the planet, while we can also simultaneously
  4. Save Americans billions of dollars every year in energy and health costs, and
  5. Decrease the risks of horrible extreme weather events.

Again, we know this because scientists, economists, scholars, and institutes from all over the world have told us again and again, and have illustrated the benefits where climate action is already happening.

Climate Justice NOW.

An integral part and a defining factor of all activities of TCE relate to “climate equity,” or “climate justice.” This refers to the fact that the world’s most vulnerable communities, which are the least responsible for the climate emergency, are feeling the effects the hardest. These “frontline communities” have already been feeling the effects of climate change as droughts, fires, storms and the encroaching sea intrude into their lives and livelihoods. Consider minority neighborhoods that were wiped out after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, or indigenous populations in Alaska whose livelihoods and homes are literally melting away. Locally in Carbondale, consider the large low-income people who can’t make it to work or afford house repairs because of inland hurricane damage. 

“You can’t talk about the impacts of climate change and not talk about the frontline communities who for decades have been asking folks to focus on these impacts.” –Mustafa Santiago Ali, senior vice president of climate, environmental justice & community revitalization at the Hip Hop Caucus

Climate equity also includes intergenerational equity. Today’s youth are experiencing high levels of anxiety due to the catastrophic outlooks of their future world. Many across the globe are striking due to the injustice of current extractive economy and resulting climate emergency that causes so many problems from biodiversity to inequality. Today’s youth need an inspiring vision and a “way out” of the current situation, and this is where TCE will focus.

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought  by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” —TheodoreRoosevelt

TCE efforts will always include consideration of the welfare of the most vulnerable populations first, because they have little or no resources to deal with the effects of climate change. While it’s unlikely that we will correctly position every single program in this way, it will be the aim of TCE to keep this at the forefront of our actions and learn as we go along. This means involving vulnerable populations from the beginning of all processes and programs.

“Climate change is the most extreme human rights challenge of our time, and a human rights-based approach is needed to solve it.” –President Carter

 

Our 3-Step Program Towards Finding Your Niche and Thriving Authentically

1. Understand your needs and impact.

Everyone's first priority always has to be their own mental and physical health and safety. We need to have clean air and water, adequate shelter, food, education, healthcare, security and mental health. As we build and protect our comfort zone, we have to ensure that we don't harm others or the environment in doing so. To get started:

Understand and evaluate your personal needs and impact.

Think about the things that you really need to be happy and healthy, 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.

All kinds of jobs are available in The Climate Economy in areas like clean energy, natural conservation and restoration, and the circular economy just to name a few. And we can create new ventures that are good for the climate, economy and humanity based on our expertise and passions. We can all achieve economic security. To get started:

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. 

 

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3. Participate and share.

Humans need to feel that their lives have meaning and that they personally have value. Belonging and contributing our strengths and experiences to a community is also a basic human need. To get started:

Share and participate.

Build community.

Build connections.

Build trust.

Contribute your expertise.

 

Take Action Now

Get ideas and get involved on CLEANetwork.Earth!

Take courses, join groups, find target actions to reduce emissions and increase human connections. Everything is free.

Support Our Future

Your support helps ensure we can reach everyone in southern Illinois and eventually across the globe.

Volunteer

Lots of ways to volunteer in The Climate Economy! Earn points and CV rewards.

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What does The Climate Economy look and feel like?

We’re going through a transition from the old way to the new way:

The Old Way The Climate Economy Way
  • Energy from fossil fuels
  • Poor, women and communities of color suffering the most from climate change
  • Planned obsolescence and endless waste
  • Capitalism
  • Plastic economy
  • Big Ag
  • Conformity and Exclusion
  • Winner-takes-all/Competition
  • Immovable Massive Institutions
  • Stagnation, maintaining the status quo
  • Scarcity
  • Clean energy, zero emissions
  • Climate Equity – hardest hit people are prioritized
  • Circular Economy, zero waste
  • Cooperativism
  • Bioeconomy
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Cooperation/Collaboration
  • Adaptive Action and nimble ventures
  • Re-creation and continuous discovery
  • Abundance

As a result of the climate economy, we’ll have:

  • Lives more connected to nature,
  • Cleaner air and water,
  • Clean energy and fuels for electricity and transportation,
  • A more sustainable and healthy food supply,
  • More meaningful, well-paying jobs,
  • Better youth engagement,
  • Less waste,
  • Healthy soil,
  • Locally sourced food and necessities,
  • Appreciation of Indigenous peoples,
  • Climate justice for society’s most vulnerable groups,
  • People who choose to put their passions to work for the betterment of society, and
  • Cohesive, cooperative, resilient communities.

Can you picture it?

What are the benefits of The Climate Economy?

In The Climate Economy we talk about new and changing business models that are a win-win-win for climate-economy-humanity. Here are some “wins” we can imagine that would be brought about by the climate economy:

  • Climate Wins: reduced pollution, safe drinking water, flourishing forests, biodiversity, stable climate. In the climate economy, we work not only to protect nature, but also to help it flourish.
  • Economic Wins: new jobs, new industries, regenerative agriculture, sustainable resource use, removal of inefficiencies, waste optimization, recycling. In the climate economy, a job is not only to build wealth, but to fulfill our purpose in life.
  • Human Wins: Purposeful work, community involvement, lifelong learning, better health. In the climate economy, we work not only for ourselves, but for the betterment of all humanity.

Businesses that aim for these wins will win the future! Upcoming generations will demand them.

Who is The Climate Economy For?

In the race to preserve the climate for future generations, there are excellent strides being made at the international, national, state and local levels. TheClimateEconomy.com is for every person out there who may already have a business, need an idea for a business, students who need research ideas, or community groups looking for new projects. It’s for the people, by the people! People of every age, race, gender, location, and political stripe can benefit from a transition to the climate economy. All areas of expertise will be needed. It’s about things you can do. The opportunities are literally infinite. Some ways you may benefit from The Climate Economy:

  • Your community may be already feeling the effects of climate change. There are lots of things that peole and communities can do.
  • “Eco” your business: Explore new business models to design out waste, improve efficiency, save energy, etc.
  • Benefit from positive PR: Responsible companies are getting all the love nowadays. Especially from younger generations.
  • Prepare for the future carbon credits economy: It’s coming, and you’ll do well to be prepared to take advantage of it.
  • Create new markets: Open up paths to new products and services to create new opportunities and revenue for your ideas or business.
  • The Climate Economy is a new world of ingenuity, learning and cooperation there for the taking by those willing to work for it. You don’t have to “settle in,” you can continuously advance and improve things. Use your brain to its full potential like it’s meant to be. It’s like a second chance, or a new leash on life. Grab it.