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A Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World

Gus Speth

Gus Speth

Co-chair of The Next System Project more

J. Phillip Thompson III

J. Phillip Thompson III

Urban planner and political scientist more

Environment & Energy Race & Ethnicity

In this piece for The Nation, distinguished fellow and co-chair of the Next System Project Gus Speth, along with J. Phillip Thompson III, discuss two major movements in the world today: advocates for the environment and people fighting for racial justice. These two groups of people have faced lofty challenges in the current system, however, they are beginning to come together in new ways through organizational alliances. Their main commitment? To preserve and help prosper all forms of life.

Both movements have called for a deep restructuring of society and the economy; in both cases, that call is based on an affirmation of life and the devoted care that life requires of us.

Read the full article at The Nation.

Gus Speth

Gus Speth

Co-chair of The Next System Project more

J. Phillip Thompson III

J. Phillip Thompson III

Urban planner and political scientist more

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