The climate crisis is embedded in a larger ecological crisis, which is in turn inextricably linked to parallel crises within our political and economic systems. Communities of color and working class communities are on the front lines of these crises, and they are already experiencing disproportionate impacts.
To respond to these crises, we must reclaim our democracy and move from the extractive economy to one that is restorative of people, place, and planet. The economic alternatives we require are already possible, but they are unsung and under-resourced.
As an essential step in this process, we must eliminate the fossil fuel industry’s undue influence on our democracy, and accelerate the end of the extraction, export, and use of fossil fuels. This particular transition is inevitable, but we will have to work hard to ensure that it is both timely and just.
We will not be able to address the climate crisis without a broad-based social movement that demands deep systemic change. We have been inspired by the work happening in local communities across the country, and we believe that their leadership is essential to the collective future that we all want to see.