Our partners provide us with guidance, access to critical community resources, and funding–all of which make this summit possible. Check out their info below, and swing by their websites to learn more about the awesome work they do.
New Economics Institute
The mission of the New Economics Institute is to build a New Economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet.
The stakes are high. Climate change is accelerating. Inequality is at historic levels. The financial industry continues to teeter on the brink of collapse, threatening the global economy. And all the while, our political system has proven incapable of effecting the structural transformations necessary to — quite literally — save the planet. The time is now for a new approach, a New Economy.
The New Economics Institute has a long history of putting evolutionary ideas into practice. From the BerkShares local currency program to last summer’s historic convening of New Economy leaders and practitioners, the New Economics Institute is familiar with making bold visions a reality. Today, our focus is on building a movement that will propel our nation to rapidly embrace the transition to a just and sustainable economy.
Our plan begins with the recognition that a tremendous number of people around the country understand that the system is broken, and that we must work to replace it with something different, something new. Many of thse people have already rolled up their sleeves and gotten to work in their local communities. Many others are just waiting for the opportunity. Our plan is to bring these people together with like-minded organizations and leaders to a build a movement to propel America toward a New Economy.
The Green Umbrella – New York Youth for a Just and Sustainable Future
Our Climate Justice Framework:
We believe that climate justice is a vision for genuine systematic transformation led by frontline communities that puts freedom from discrimination and equal access to decision making at the center of all solutions to the climate crisis. Frontline communities are directly impacted groups that collectively name a source of injustice they face and take action to overcome it. As young people, millennials represent a frontline because we recognize that we will be disproportionately affected by climate change over our lifetimes and that we hold the moral authority to demand a seat at the decision making table.The Green Umbrella aims align our youth and student led organizing with broader struggles for climate and environmental justice. The Green Umbrella believes that climate justice is not an all-encompassing framework, but describes the specific justice struggles related to overcoming climate injustice. As such the Green Umbrella engages in an ongoing (and always evolving) praxis of alignment with other struggles for collective liberation.
Who We Are:
We envision a world in which the youth of New York State are a powerful force in creating a just and sustainable future. We seek to leverage our collective power to revitalize New York State and create sustainable communities, build a thriving green economy, develop truly clean energy, establish local food sovereignty, restore natural ecological systems, and ensure justice for all in workplaces and communities across the state.
We are a network of young people in New York State that is working to harness our collective power to solve the climate crisis by building thriving, just, and sustainable communities. We are redefining the borders of our campuses and are committed to mobilizing young people to protect New York State from hydrofracking and to demand 100% clean energy and a green economy that works for everyone. We strive to empower and train young people to become leaders in the climate justice movement and change agents in their communities.
What We Do:
The Green Umbrella has a two-year history of creating space for young people to initiate and lead campaigns and actions to oppose the fossil fuel economy, including the Tar Sands Action, Don’t Frack New York, Power Shift New York, and most recently #NoDirtyInergy. In 2013, we’re digging into long term anti-oppressive solutionary organizing in upstate NY with the Summer of Solutions Ithaca program. Since spring 2012, we’ve worked with NY campuses to coordinate divestment campaigns with frontline anti-fracking resistance.
Climate Smart & Climate Ready Conference
The Climate Smart & Climate Ready conference will focus on how our local governments, institutions, residents and businesses can both lower fossil carbon emissions and prepare for multiple impacts of a turbulent climate regime. Sustainable Tompkins has taken on responsibility for planning and coordinating the conference.
Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
The Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI), with the generous support of the Park Foundation, seeks to establish and mobilize a coalition of local community leaders who are committed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, greater energy efficiency, and a clean energy economy.
Since the establishment of the TCCPI coalition in June 2008, we have helped to generate ideas and projects that have moved the county towards a more sustainable and climate resilient future, including the Tompkins Energy Conservation Corps, Get Your Greenback, Tompkins!, the EPA Climate Showcase Community Project, Energize Ithaca, and the Black Oak Wind Farm.