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,...

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 ...

Moral Imagination, Strategic Foresight and Backcasting for Sustainable Futures

The Climate Economy requires a way of thinking that includes the future in every strategic decision. We do this all the time in our daily lives without thinking too much about it. We help our kids with their homework so they can be more likely to succeed in the...

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...

The Obsolescence of Ignorance

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge or information according to Dictionary.com. Ignorance is dangerous because it can result in people making bad choices and taking actions that harm themselves and others, and it is completely unnecessary. We don't have to get mad if...

Why the Climate Economy #5: Um, Climate.

We humans kind of need planet Earth to be healthy so that we can all, well, survive. If the planet gets really sick, the only ones who will survive will likely be those hydrothermal vent creatures and super rich who can escape to the moon or Mars. Do you fall into...

Biochar – Expanding Our Economic Choices

Biochar is an example of flipping our traditional way of thinking on its head. There are so many crazy things that humans do in mindless ways that result in damages to the environment. All we have to do is think differently. We have a choice before us now,...

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...

Metro East Kickoff – Regenerative Organic Agriculture – May 13 2020 – And Funding Resources

Much appreciation and thanks goes out to our esteemed presenters and panelists! Presenter L. Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalist Solutions, President, Founder, Author Watch the video on YouTube. Hunter talks about regenerative agriculture, gives examples of...

Catalysts

Catalyst TrainingCatalysts 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...

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...

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...

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;...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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...

Blockchain for Carbon Credits in the Climate Economy

Well there's a mouthful! It might sound like a foreign language to you, but probably in less than a decade it will be the source in billions of dollars of economic activity. We gave a brief introduction to "blockchain for energy" in a previous post; if you're to...
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First Resilience Fair in Carbondale, Illinois

On August 28, TCE together with the City of Carbondale’s Sustainability Commission and the Southern Illinois Cooperative Business Fund provided first Resilience Fair, with education, community conversations, networking and celebration.

All Together Now, Southern Illinois!

A series of events took place in April as part of “All Together Now, Southern Illinois!” Topics included solar, local food and farms, energy efficiency and renewable energy for rural economic development, biochar and our local carbon network.

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Thrive Authentically - 3 Steps

What does it mean to thrive authentically?

We live our purpose and earn a living without destroying the environment and our fellow humans. This pursuit helps us meet all our human needs and wants in a constantly changing world: we expand our understanding of the many forces constantly in motion, in addition to physical and mental health and safety, economic security, and a sense of value and belonging.

The goal of The Climate Economy is to help every individual thrive authentically. At the end of the day, everyone is safe and secure and having all their needs fulfilled. In The Climate Economy, education, entrepreneurship, caring, service, creativity, unlimited energy from the sun and new climate venture creation are the core of all the activities. There are so many opportunities in The Climate Economy to improve on how we get our energy, housing energy, transportation and everything, without causing harmful emission or otherwise harming nature or humanity. Every new creative climate venture can be a business or just a project with friends.

Here are the three steps. You don't have to take them all in any particular order.

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.

 

Metro East Kickoff – Local Community Investment and Funding Strategies – May 27 2020

Presenters and PanelistsA million thanks to our keynote presenter and our panel of experts! Listen to author and economist Michael H. Shuman discuss local community investment strategies.  Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a...

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Metro East Kickoff – Regenerative Organic Agriculture – May 13 2020 – And Funding Resources

Much appreciation and thanks goes out to our esteemed presenters and panelists! Presenter L. Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalist Solutions, President, Founder, Author Watch the video on YouTube. Hunter talks about regenerative agriculture, gives examples of...

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