CLIMATE TALK #7: DEEP GREEN ECONOMY
Real-time Sustainable Social Justice
Freedom School Sessions, at Villanova University
January 26, 2012

deepgreen600x450We are moving through a period of global economic transition. The new economy will favor complexity over hierarchy, and work with ecosystems and civil society, to achieve a more harmonious relationship between individuals and their environment. There are certain key points that will define this progress and build resiliency and generative capacity into the global economic system:

  1. Decentralization of energy supply
  2. Decentralization of financial influence
  3. Decentralization of national policy-making: Citizen-centered policy process
  4. Transition from GDP to more complex array of human development metrics for economic data
  5. Greening of energy supply
  6. Markets defined by benefits to people, not by wishes of already powerful interests
  7. Always-on democratic process: local, national, global
  8. Global free media: full-spectrum transparency standard for banks + governments
  9. Open technology: crowd-sourcing / prioritization of delivery of new technologies to those who need them
  10. Lifelong learning: education as national, global priority, right to access to education is lifelong

These principles provide a baseline for charting and monitoring the rise of the deep green economy: a new economic paradigm in which the avenues of extraction and consolidation are opened up and replaced with a fabric of reciprocal ingenuity and positive feedback. In the deep green economy, the dignity of human beings, their ability to exercise genuine freedom of imagination and personal talent, and the viability of natural support systems, will take precedence over narrow profit interests, and this will open the possibility for gain from virtuous economic activity to an ever-wider complex of interests, communities and people.

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—Joseph Robertson

Dr. King spoke at Villanova on Jan. 20, 1965FREEDOM SCHOOL SESSIONS
Seminars, Lectures & Roundtables to Commemorate the Social Justice Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Event date: Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012
Location: Connelly Center

Villanova University will host its annual Freedom School in observance of the memory and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Freedom School sessions may cover a variety of topics such as:

  • civil and economic rights
  • environmental justice
  • immigration
  • the possibilities and challenges of globalization
  • the rule of law and respect for human rights
  • affirmative action
  • education and social justice
  • peacebuilding and peacemaking
  • nonviolence and nonviolent social change
  • sins of racism and white supremacy

Each session lasts about an hour, and sessions run in line with our regular class schedule (10:00 and 11:30 am;1:00 and 2:30 pm).

Written by Joseph Robertson

Joseph is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens' Climate Lobby. He coordinates the building of CCL's citizen engagement groups on 5 continents, leads the Citizens' Climate Engagement Network and represents CCL in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, UNFCCC negotiations, and other UN processes. He is a member of the Executive Board of the UN-linked NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and of the Policy and Strategy Group for the World We Want. He is also the founder of Geoversiv.net and the Geoversiv Foundation and the lead strategist supporting the high-level climate dialogue series Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation.

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