Building the Clean Energy Economy

As we forge a path to climate justice, we can create an inclusive America for all of us.


932 At the Peoples Climate March, diverse communities from across the country came together to demand a just future.

Shocked, but not surprised.

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The power industry is going towards the Green Energy. The energy economy is also moving towards the clean energy. Together we are dreaming for a greener world. This can only be possible if we can make the energy production in a way where the pollution is less or there is almost no pollution.

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A Twenty First Century Story

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  - Howard Thurman

 

 

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The Serpent Bites Her Tail

 

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When I was a young child, an adult asked me if I would travel when I had grown up.  I was afraid to say yes.  My mind, desperately practicing the angles of logic in a spherical space, felt over stimulated; making decisions about things now, that were lifetimes away.  And so I said “no”, for I’d heard that traveling was expensive, and I did not expect to have much money. 

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Is large scale renewable energy as sustainable as you think?

There are four overlapping types of sustainability: Social, Economic, Political and Environmental. The success of a renewable energy project depends on delivering value in each of these spheres, and by no means are they mutually exclusive.

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I can feel a change in the air when it comes to renewable energy in Kentucky, and it’s pretty damn exciting.

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As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had traveled from as far as North Dakota, Michigan, and Ohio.

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On Sunday, April 12 I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition's (KSEC) Spring Summit in Lexington Kentucky. We met at an amazingly creative space that hosts students, nonprofits and businesses called The Plantory. The environment allowed for ideas to flow and grow into action plans.

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Adapted from a Community Power blog post drafted by Lee Samelson with content by John Farrell.

For the last three years, Community Power has been working to secure community control over our energy utilities. In October 2014, we took a big step in the right direction by forming the nation's first clean energy partnership, giving our city direct decision-making power in our relationship with our monopoly energy utilities. The partnership met for the first time last Wednesday. Our community coalition, including neighborhood groups, environmental justice organizations, local economy think-tanks, and youth climate organizations, including Grand Aspirations, an Energy Action Coalition partner, are now working to form a robust community stakeholder group to hold the process accountable and are advancing a 10-point work plan for what we can achieve in Minneapolis in the next 2 years.

How did it happen and can it happen elsewhere, too?

Watch this You Tube Video of John Farrell with Institute for Local Self-Reliance taking part in a panel "What the City of Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership Represents" Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the MnSEIA conference in Bloomington, MN.

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