Just transition icon 120

“Transition is inevitable.  Justice is not.”- Quinton Sankofa, Movement Generation 

Climate disruption isn’t an “environmental” issue in the usual sense.  It’s a basic matter of social and economic justice. 

The impacts of climate change generally hit first and worst on those who do the least to cause it and are the most vulnerable to the consequences.  And the primary cause of climate change–fossil fuel extraction, transportation and combustion–takes a heavy toll on the health and well-being of communities of color, indigenous people, and low-income communities.

So addressing the climate challenge means more than emission reduction, more than simply mitigating environmental impacts of our economic and energy systems. It means rebuilding those systems to deliver sustainable prosperity–economic health that works for a long time and a lot more people.

A clean energy economy can offer that promise. It can produce economic vitality in the present without destroying the future. It can produce shared prosperity, by reducing the concentrated economic power of fossil fuel suppliers, investing in communities, and increasing reliance on abundant local resources.

But this transition won’t be easy or quick. It’s a huge social and economic shift, and that always poses challenges, particularly for those who live closest to the economic margins and those who rely on fossil fuel industries for work. The clean energy transition is about shrinking carbon footprints, but it won’t work unless it’s also about growing:

  • Economic security
  • Opportunities for all – good work, strong local economies, shared prosperity
  • Affordable energy and transportation services
  • Healthier communities


  • Coal to wind


    The Northwest coal export battle was a fateful crossroads, and the tyranny of fossil fuels is waning. In its place, we're launching a new clean energy era.  Read more
  • This Is Fine

    K.C. GREEN

    Of course, none of us think of ourselves as climate deniers. But something makes us flinch from bad news, hard conversations, and uncomfortable conclusions.  Read more
  • Solar installer


    Opportunities for shared prosperity will abound in a clean energy world. Read more
  • Wildfire sun


    We're gaining momentum towards 100% clean energy. Here's how we're laying the groundwork, and what comes next. Read more
  • Tesoro protest in Vancouver, WA June 2017


    What makes people take an afternoon or a day off work just to say NO to what would be the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America? What would make them drive hours through the night to attend a public hearing? For one thing, love for their ... Read more