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Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions (Paperback)
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Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 28/02/2018
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A global energy war is underway. It is man versus nature, fossil fuel versus clean energy, the haves versus the have-nots, and, fundamentally, an extractive economy versus a regenerative economy. The near-unanimous consensus among climate scientists is that the massive burning of gas, oil, and coal is having a cataclysmic impact on our atmosphere and climate, and depleting earth's natural resources, including its land, food, fresh water and biodiversity. These climate and environmental impacts are particularly magnified and debilitating for low-income communities and communities of color that live closest to toxic sites, are disproportionately impacted by high incidences of asthma, cancer and rates of morbidity and mortality, and lack the financial resources to adapt to climate impacts. The energy democracy movement tenders a response and joins the environmental and climate movements with a broader call for progressive change. Energy democracy is a way to frame the international struggle of working people, low income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources from the energy establishment and use those resources to empower their communities--literally providing energy, economically, and politically. Energy democracy more important than ever as climate advocates and those representing rights for the underserved enter a shocking political reality in the U.S. This volume brings together racial, cultural, and generational perspectives. This diversity is bound together by a common operating frame: that the global fight to save the planet--to conserve and restore our natural resources to be life-sustaining--must fully engage community residents and must change the larger economy to be sustainable, democratic, and just. The contributors offer their perspectives and approaches to climate and clean energy from rural Mississippi, to the South Bronx, to Californian immigrant and refugee communities, to urban and semi-rural communities in the Northeast. Taken together, the contributions in this book show what an alternative, democratized energy future can look like, and will inspire others to take up the struggle to build the energy democracy movement.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610918510
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Edition: 2nd None ed.


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Energy Democracy is a call to action and a powerful tool for activists and grassroots leaders seeking to create a new energy paradigm that empowers our most vulnerable communities and fosters equitable, resilient economies."--Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO, PolicyLink
"From the Flint water crisis to calamities like Superstorm Sandy, it is becoming more evident that our nation must get serious about addressing environmental injustice. Energy Democracy advances a conversation about the climate crisis and deepening racial inequality at a time when these issues are in the forefront of our political landscape."--Gerry Hudson, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
"Energy Democracy draws upon some of the most exciting voices in the growing movement for a new energy economy. It offers a clear vision of the clean energy future--pluralist, community-sustaining, and deeply democratic--that might just be possible if we learn to recognize and fight for it."--Gar Alperovitz, Co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative and Co-chair of The Next System Project

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