Just Transition is a framework for a fair and sustainable shift from an extractive economy towards an Economy for life.
- We must immediately begin to transition out of an extractive economy, but to do this we must create new jobs and a safety net for workers who will transition out of those specific industries as well as the broader communities impacted by extreme energy.
- We envision creating new systems will serve as the seeds for a new economy based on local self-determination, resilience, and harmony with the Earth.
For the past 200+ years, the globalized industrial withdrawal of natural resources, the over-production, over-consumption, and products as well as human beings being seen as disposable has devastated the environment and has taken a toll on the Earth’s life support system. As a result, we’re facing a crisis in having clean water, a crisis of having biological and cultural diversity we need to continue to sustain life i.e. the bees are dying, a crisis in climate, energy, food, agriculture, and a waste and toxics crisis.
We must immediately begin to transition out of a destructive, extractive economy that isn’t benefiting us, but to do this we must create new jobs and a safety net for workers who will transition out of extractive based industries like oil, natural gas, nuclear, coal, to industries and a way of being that’s based on local self-determination, resilience, and harmony with nature.
Some concrete examples of how this could look include having local, clean, community controlled energy, food sovereignty--or the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and our right to define our own food and agriculture systems, worker ownership and democracy, community controlled housing, zero waste, equitable access to public and mass transportation, and ecological restoration to name a few.