Systemic Crisis and Systemic Change in the United States in the 21st Century
Gar Alperovitz, James Gustave Speth, Ted Howard, and Joe Guinan
Exploring the catalysts behind the climate crisis and what political action we can take to reverse it
In their new working paper, Next System Project co-chairs Gar Alperovitz and James Gustave Speth, NSP Executive Director Joe Guinan, and Democracy Collaborative President Ted Howard explore the mounting pressures on current American economic, political, and environmental systems. With the understanding that our current system is incompatible with a sustainable future, they identify 5 key catalysts behind our climate crisis: 1) the growth imperative, 2) consumerism, 3) extractivism, 4) corporate power, and 5) political control. A future that is “ecologically sustainable, equitable, and socially responsible” is possible only through a separation from the traditional American values of corporate capitalism. In this new system, we must place an emphasis on human and environmental well-being, along with a politically engaged citizen body if we are to reverse (or even slow) the existential threat of climate change.
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