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Center for an Ecology-Based Economy
Resilient Communities Restoring the Earth
Our current global economy is built on the backbone of Oil, Gas and Coal. The burning of these fossil fuels over the last century and a half has enabled great mobility and wealth (for some), and a rapidly expanding human population. The unfortunate consequence of burning these fuels is a planetary ecology that has suffered extreme degradation, to the point where it can no longer provide the ecosystem services necessary to maintain a stable climate, cleanse our air, and purify our water. It is literally losing its ability to create conditions suitable for life.
Our vision for a stable, sustainable economy is one that is built on a backbone of clean renewable energy and restorative agricultural practices. It is an economy that functions within the balance of our ecological "bank account" that is constantly replenished by the energy of the sun. It is an economy where everyone has the chance participate in the creation of prosperous and resilient communities while restoring the earth for future generations.
The building of an ecology-based economy that can feed, cloth, house and educate a population projected to crest at nearly 10 billion souls by mid-century will demand a surge in creativity, innovation, and cooperation of unparalleled scale and scope. It will be a time of profound challenge and great opportunity. For those willing to rise to the occasion of forging a new path, in balance with natural systems and in cooperation with each other and our fellow species, the rewards will be great. They will include better nutrition and health from actively participating in robust and diverse local food systems, cleaner air and water, and a stronger connection with our neighbors. We will also be rewarded with the satisfaction of promoting conditions suitable for life and creating opportunity for those who follow in our wake.
Due to the burning of fossil fuels over that 150 years, our Earth is literally losing its ability to create conditions suitable for life
Our vision for a stable, sustainable economy is one that is built on a backbone of clean renewable energy and restorative agricultural practices.
We need to think about both ecology and economy, restoring balance and creating prosperous, resilient communities while restoring the earth for future generations.
We will need to build an ecology-based economy that can feed, cloth, house, and educate a population of 10 billion by 2080.
Better nutrition and health from participating in robust, diverse local food systems, cleaner air and water, and a stronger connection with our neighbors.
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