TRANSITION FROM COAL
llinois has the largest coal reserves in the country and production in the Illinois coal basin continues to expand despite the recent glut in natural gas. EJC's work exposes the impacts of coal mining, burning coal for electricity, and disposal and storage of waste on communities and the environment upon which they depend, while advocating for cleaner sources of energy.
ENERGY AND CLIMATE
Scientists agree that limiting global warming to 2°C over pre-industrial levels won't keep us from averting climate disaster. A sustainable solution that avoids severe damage to the planet requires more aggressive action. An alternative 1.5°C target might ensure that species would be able to keep up with a changing climate; almost half of the coral reefs would remain on the planet; sea level rise would remain below 3.3 feet, ocean acidification impacts would stay at moderate levels.
Is a 1.5°C alternative technologically feasible? Yes. But strategies need to involve immediate action and an additional scaling-up of clean energy technologies.
RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE
EJC believes that we can make the deep changes required to address the most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges of modern history. But in order to be successful, we will need to:
- Embrace the the fact that our consumer-based economies and reliance on fossil fuels are not sustainable (nor just) on a finite planet.
- Move quickly toward agendas and policies that not only adapt to our changing world, but also work to heal and restore our planet.
- Blend new ideas with proven ones that are in harmony with nature.
- Rebuild community so that we are once again in relationship with one another, and no one is left behind.