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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 community-based generative change in support of life, and it’s a lot 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…

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

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.

But how can YOU get involved, and benefit from all these great things happening? Well, we can help you with that! Now you know! You found us, and we’ve been working to get everything ready for you. We invite you to EXPLORE and GET INVOLVED! Check out the main menu at the top of the page.

Our Overarching Priority

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

 

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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.