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Can transformative change come to America?

The good news is systemic change may happen more rapidly than once seemed possible. But how the US and the world address the climate crisis will be a powerful determinant of what is possible. read more
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A new era of public power: A vision for New York Power Authority in pursuit of climate justice

As both the owners and customers of the NYPA, New Yorkers have the opportunity to demand, build, and benefit from a more democratic and equitable energy system as the state aims to be greenhouse-gas-emission-free by 2040. read more
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The nation’s first “fair development” zero waste plan 

In a south Baltimore neighborhood, a powerful, youth-led coalition helped spearhead the first Zero Waste Plan developed by and for U.S. grassroots communities that want to transition from an economy of extraction to one of reuse and regeneration. read more
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The movement to nationalize the fossil fuel industry: a timeline

An interactive timeline chronicles key moments in the movement to advance the nationalization of the fossil fuel industry, which would enable a managed just transition to renewable energy. read more
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Let the people design a green stimulus

Public spending that puts people back to work building the infrastructure we need is a well-intentioned policy. But this time the infrastructure spending must be green—and all of us have to be in on the decision-making.  read more

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Earth Day at 50: The movement’s past in dialogue with its future

Gus Speth was active in the first Earth Day 50 years ago. Dulce Arias is a climate activist prepared to take the movement 50 years into the future. Together in The Next System Podcast they assess the successes and failures of the past and how a new generation is applying those lessons in an era of climate crisis. read more
A Green Stimulus to Rebuild the Economy

A green stimulus to rebuild the economy

An open letter for members of Congress from a group of climate and policy experts calls for “an ambitious Green Stimulus of at least $2 trillion” designed to accelerate a just transition away from fossil fuels and build a more resilient and sustainable society. read more

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Fossil fuel debt cancellation to unleash renewable energy in rural America

Rural communities should not be left behind in the energy transition due to the entrenched interests of capital, particularly when the federal government holds a significant amount of the debt holding rural utilities back. read more

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Federal expansion of community choice aggregation

There is an alternative to private monopoly utilities trapping communities in fossil fuel energy use or individual customer choice programs that may not shift the system fast enough or do so with equity. read more