Today’s dirty energy economy directs the biggest benefits to a small, wealthy elite, and the biggest disadvantages to the rest of us, especially the poor and working classes, communities of color and indigenous peoples. Not only is it a system of planetary destruction, the dirty energy paradigm is racist, imperialist and oppressive, but its alternative–a renewable energy future–need not be.
The Goal of a Just Transition
When we say we are working towards a Just Transition, we are envisioning a society where the burdens of transition – retraining workers, remediating toxified lands, building new infrastructures and technologies–are fairly shared across groups. Likewise, a just transition requires that the benefits of transitioning to clean, renewable systems–vibrant communities and wild spaces, economic benefits, and employment opportunities–are shared equitably.
We are grounding ourselves in the work other communities have done, are doing, and plan to do. We understand no transition of such size happens all at once, and it will take ongoing, consistent and meaningful action to promote public policies and practices supporting a just transition here in Portland, Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest region. Focusing on our local demands, we work towards a world that shares the benefits of a 100% renewable energy economy among all people.
Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) Campaign
The Portland Clean Energy Fund is a story about us creating our own clean energy future, where new renewable energy and energy efficiency investments improve our homes, improve our city’s environment, train our workers, and support our businesses. Through the Portland Clean Energy Fund, we will lift up a community-led vision that builds resilience and wealth in the face of climate change and federal inaction. Our community can take proactive steps to fight climate change while addressing social and economic inequity by providing major new economic opportunities for low-income Portlanders, including women and communities of color.