living well on a community basis, and not at the expense of others. buen vivir
how care work, arts, medicine, teaching are green jobs, low resource intensity and good for quality of life
how much of the important work in society is unpaid.
how environmental disasters are an economic benefit for some industries, but very bad for well being
warning on affluence, excessive footprint of wealthy and how inequality leads to less well being. huge inequality of carbon footprints
degrowth, eco-socialism, eco-anarchy as they relate to energy, food and resilience
people’s orientation to a regenerative economy quotes:
Regenerative Economy is based on ecological restoration, community protection, equitable partnerships, justice, and full and fair participatory processes. Rather than extract from the land and each other, this approach is consistent with the Rights of Nature, valuing the health and well-being of Mother Earth by producing, consuming, and redistributing resources in harmony with the planet. A Regenerative Economy values the dignity of work and humanity and prioritizes community governance and ownership of work and resources, instead of oppressive systems that devalue people and their labor through violent hoarding by a few. Rather than limit peoples’ ability to fully shape democracy and decisions that impact our communities, a Regenerative Economy supports collective and inclusive participatory governance. It requires a re-localization and democratization of how we produce and consume goods, and ensures all have full access to healthy food, renewable energy, clean air and water, good jobs, and healthy living environments. A Regenerative Economy requires an explicit anti-racist, anti-poverty, feminist, and living approach that is intersectional and eschews top-down, patriarchal, classist, xenophobic, and racist ideology.
Adapted from Movement Generation, Indigenous Environmental Network, Climate Justice Alliance, People’s Action, and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance drawing upon Indigenous leadership and generations of work and vision from Black farming cooperatives and labor movements.
Feminist Economy visibilizes and repairs the harms of capitalism’s exploitation of both paid and unpaid reproductive labor. It focuses on eliminating the gendered division of labor and gender binary that enforces global capitalism’s exploitation and extraction of resources from women all over the world—especially from the Global South, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, migrant women, and gender non-conforming (GNC) people. In a feminist economy, we recognize, value, and center reproductive labor—low-carbon, community-generating, life-affirming, and skilled work—that is necessary for the wellbeing of everyone and to sustain human society and nature itself. Feminist economy focuses on four principles to re-envision our world: ensuring bodily autonomy and self determination as it relates to feminized and GNC people; socializing reproductive labor; being in right relationship with people globally; and being in right relationship with nature. The Regenerative Economy is inherently a feminist economy because it understands life—its production, growth, sustenance, and reproduction—as the center of gravity from which value is created. A feminist economy requires undoing centuries of extractive economic policy founded on the ideology of individualization, isolation, and invisibilization of the reproductive labor required to sustain human life from one day to another—from the carework that happens in the home, to the support that happens in communities, to the resource generation that happens in the planet. Rather than commodify war, the feminist economy engenders peace.
Working definition and description by Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Solutions must protect, not harm our communities.
- Clean and protected air, water, land, bodies, and communities.
- Non-extractive, clean, and renewable energy sources.
- Honor those whose land we are on, and support U.S. policy to respect the full and inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples and tribal sovereignty.
- Recognize the right of Tribal Nations to develop and implement their own laws and protocols under the principles of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent regarding any development that impacts their health, land, water, air, territories, sacred areas, and other historically significant and cultural sites.
- Our communities are not displaced and gentrified by investment.
- Our Tribal Nations and communities are not, and will not, be Sacrifice Zones for pollution and extraction.
Solutions must repair the harms of our extractive economy.
- Decarcerate and demilitarize our communities.
- Justice for immigrants.
- Make reparative investments in marginalized communities.
- Make reparations to the descendants of enslaved persons forced to provide free labor.
- Support Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations in land reclamation and governance of their rightful homelands.
- We do not invest in building weapons of destruction, policing, or immigration policies that cause harm or create family separations anywhere.
Solutions must move non-extractive and equitable investments to our communities and workers.
- Living-wage, union jobs, workplace democracy, and worker ownership.
- Strong public health infrastructure.
- Investment in a Regenerative Economy based on care, “essential work,” and reproductive labor.
- Community rights to the resources required to create productive, dignified and ecologically sustainable livelihoods.
- Organize workplaces and communities to collectively self-govern how investments and resources are generated and distributed in their communities to build a Regenerative Economy.
- Shift means of production to workers and communities.
- Strengthen campaigns divesting from fossil fuel and other extractive industries.
- Divest from extractive practices and reinvest in Just Transition in communities to collectively meet their energy, food, housing, and transit needs in healthy, sustainable, resilient, and ecologically just ways.
- Advance public dollars to build community wealth through local collective ownership and governance, rather than contribute to widening the wealth gap or increasing corporate control.
- No more corporate bailouts, no more investments in, or subsidies for, fossil-fuel extraction, production, and infrastructure or companies that put profits over the health of our people and planet.
Solutions must provide the foundation to transform relationships and structures so that they are rooted in respect, equity, and justice.
- Healthy, affordable, and safe homes for all.
- Quality, low- or no-cost public healthcare for everyone.
- Economical, accessible, clean energy, and carbon-free public transit.
- Access to clean and affordable drinking water is a human right, not to be privatized.
- Compensation of reproductive labor and collectivization of carework supported and protected by governments and society.
- Transition to community-governed energy and utility systems.
- Better position communities to know, sow, and grow their own food on healthy soils through regenerative agricultural practices and practices outside of agricultural carbon market sequestration projects being used to offset industrial pollution.
- No commodification of us, nature, or our planet. We must transform from privatization of nature to equal legal rights for ecosystems to exist, flourish, and regenerate their natural capacities. The Rights of Nature—Mother Earth—demand regenerative and dynamic economic relations that reject extractive and predatory market-based mechanisms that allow for the commodification, privatization, and financialization of Earth’s natural resources and processes.