Climate change advocates and social justice groups say that a global energy war is underway. It’s a struggle between an extractive economy and a regenerative economy, fossil fuel and clean energy—and even more fundamentally, between the haves and the have-nots. Denise Fairchild, President of Emerald Cities Collaborative and editor of the anthology Energy Democracy, highlights the magnified impact of this resource battle on low-income communities and communities of color. Fairchild invites us to a powerful discussion framing the international struggle of working people, low income communities, and communities of color. She offers us a chance to congregate and empower these communities to take control of energy resources economically and politically. As more and more activists confront shocking political realities in the U.S., this amplification of racial, cultural, and generational voices becomes more important than ever. Join Fairchild for a discussion of the global fight to conserve our natural resources, and how it starts with helping to build the energy democracy movement by inspiring our communities to show what an alternative, democratized energy future can look like.
Denise Fairchild is president/CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor, and community groups dedicated to climate resilience strategies that produce environmental, economic, and equity outcomes.