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Environment & Energy

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Shovel Ready Green Jobs: The Job Guarantee and Climate Resiliency

Why the impending stormwater crisis is a perfect fit for creating jobs at the scale of our unemployment problem. read more
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Stress Test: Democracy Confronts Climate Change

American democracy can’t rise to meet the challenge of a changing climate if we don’t reimagine our economic system. read more
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Renewable Energy is Preventative Medicine

How and why healthcare can and should hasten the energy transition read more

Episode 9: Energizing Democracy By Democratizing Energy w/Denise Fairchild

A conversation with the co-editor of “Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions” read more
Two satellite photos taken at night of the island of Puerto Rico—one before and one after Hurricane Maria, showing the extent of the damage to the grid.

Power for Puerto Ricans, not Private Investors

Why the new grid for storm-battered Puerto Rico should be built to maximize energy democracy, not investor profits. read more

Taking Back Power: Public Power as a Vehicle Towards Energy Democracy

How can public ownership of electric utilities help build towards energy democracy? read more
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Episode 7: Why Climate Change Necessitates System Change w/Gus Speth

Environmental leader James Gustave Speth joins the Next System Podcast to discuss his own journey toward system change as well as the past, present, and future of the environmental movement. read more
Aerial photo of many flooded houses in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

After the Storms: Defeating Trumpism, Rebuilding America

White supremacists in the streets. Climate catastrophe unfolding on our coastlines. America is broken—how are we going to rebuild it? read more
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Episode 5: Toward Climate Justice w/ Jacqueline Patterson & Basav Sen

The NAACP’s Jacqueline Patterson and IPS’ Basav Sen define and discuss climate justice on the Next System Podcast. read more