EXPLORE Alison's VISION FOR THE FUTURE

There's a sense of relief that comes along with visions of the year 2050, which I understand as the slow but sure fading of my climate anxiety. The world is still no utopia, but social and political problems feel more manageable when they are not deeply intertwined with the destruction of our planet.
Our path to climate stability is through
technological innovation

Technological Innovation

Wind and solar energy have seen astonishing growth throughout the 21st century, far outpacing analysts’ predictions. There’s potential for revolutionary innovation in travel, construction, energy, or geoengineering. When it comes to stabilizing the climate, our best bet is doing everything we can to accelerate the pace of technological invention and adoption.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

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Our path to climate stability is through
public goods

Public Goods

To achieve a just and climate-stable future, we need to invest in institutions and assets that are available to all of us, and of truly high quality — like public transportation, public education, public lands. We need to reverse the trend towards privatization. Quality services shouldn’t be available only to those who can afford them. Public assets shouldn’t be exploited for private profit.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

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Our path to climate stability is through
localization

Localization

The key to stopping climate change is recognizing that bigger isn't always better. In fact, we can meet our power, nutrition and travel needs much closer to home than we currently think we can. Scaling down our energy, food and transportation systems is an important step we can take help stabilize the climate.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

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Our path to climate stability is through
limiting consumption

Limiting Consumption

There won’t be any quick-fix solution to climate change that allows us to keep going with business as usual. There’s no silver bullet that will let us keep eating 125 pounds of meat a year, building air-conditioned suburbs in the desert, and flying across the country on a whim.

To stop climate change, we have to consume less, across the board. And the clock is ticking: we have precious little time to rein ourselves in.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
policy shift

Policy Shift

Too often, current government policies accelerate climate change: from subsidizing fossil fuel exploration, to leasing public lands for for drilling and mining, to rigging trade deals in favor of corporations. But the overwhelming majority of the public thinks the government should fight climate change. We need to end policies that are propping up the dying fossil fuel system—like fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks for dirty energy—and use government action to create the renewable energy system we need. The public sector could start building the renewable energy economy today: by incentivizing green technology and by directly building clean energy infrastructure the way we built up our military during World War II.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
efficiency

Efficiency

Building stronger communities is a fundamental step towards bringing about a just and climate-stable future. Through sharing, community-building and affinity we’ll empower communities to use their own knowledge to take action. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes powerful, vibrant communities to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
community

Community

We will achieve a just and stable climate future by taking care of each other. Through sharing, communal living and fellowship we’ll empower communities to use their own knowledge and decision-making processes to take action. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes powerful, vibrant communities to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
social justice

Social Justice

Climate change isn’t just an environmental issue: it’s fundamentally a matter of justice. Climate change has already begun to hurt vulnerable and marginalized communities around the world, even though they are least responsible for climate emissions. And climate change has the potential to deepens inequality, here at home and around the world.

In recent years, there’s been growing recognition that climate change is a social justice issue, perhaps the most urgent social justice issue facing the world today. Building on that recognition will supercharge the fight against climate change and massively grow the constituency working for a climate-stable future.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
economic system change

Economic System Change

Our economic system is rigged to cook the climate: It ignores the true environmental and social costs of the goods we enjoy. It assumes that growth is always good, despite the fact that we live on a planet with limited and finite resources. It increasingly concentrates wealth and assets in the hands of a smaller and smaller slice of the 1%. It’s insatiably focused on profits. It’s driven by “free” trade deals, hammered out in secret, that are rigged to benefit big corporations and the already wealthy.

Simply put — we won’t stop climate change unless we fundamentally change our economic system.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
political transformation

Political Transformation

Under the current political structure, we are headed for climate chaos. The path to a just and stable climate involves dramatic transformation of our political system and politics. From increasing the power of people in government, removing barriers to voter participation to getting money out of politics, the path to a just and climate stable future demands fundamental political change.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
grassroots movement power

Grassroots Movement Power

The people, united will create a just and stable climate future. A grassroots movement is highly localized and spontaneous; taking action together to create the change we need to see. Be it radical action or broad mainstream action, people taking action together, collectively, will make a big difference.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
global justice

Global Justice

The effects of climate change are intergenerational and know no boundaries. The nations that are most responsible for climate change can sign and adhere to binding international agreements that drastically reduce carbon emissions. Developed countries can commit billions of dollars of “climate reparations” for green development aid and climate disaster relief for countries most impacted by climate change. We will never have a just and stable climate future if do not have justice globally.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
Our path to climate stability is through
conservation

Conservation

If we preserve, protect and restore our natural environment, that will pave the way for a just and stable climate future. Conserving and valuing our natural resources will ensure our most important assets are available for future generations. Not only are those resources important for future generations, they’re important for our survival. Without healthy oceans, diverse and rich intact forests and all the other systems that make our climate function properly, we cannot survive. The fate of humanity depends on a thriving biodiversity of species.

What is Change the Course?

Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate aims to crowd-source a community vision of a just and sustainable 2050.

Through in-person workshops and online at ChangetheCourse.org, tens of thousands of people will contribute their ideas for what an equitable and climate-stable 2050 might look like—and what strategies we can use to make that vision a reality.

If we meet this unprecedented challenge with vision, inspiration and courage, we can change the course.

Start your own visioning now
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