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| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

In the News: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

August 18, 2017

Media Outlet: Yes! Magazine

Bill McKibben interviewed Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice program about how to bring about a “just transition” of the economy to be equitable for all. In response to McKibben’s question about how fast the transition can come, Patterson responded.

McKibben: Can we speed up that democratic transformation quickly enough?

Patterson: No. That’s why we talk about doing two things at once. As we are taking back our democracy by overturning Citizens United and getting money out of politics and so on, we also have to be the change we want to see in the world, even before our political system catches up. So, the things that the Institute for Local Self-Reliance does around helping us develop recycling systems, our own energy systems, our own food systems. How we shift power away from the Monsantos, the Exxons. How we shift away from these systems at the same time that we’re changing the rulemakers and the rules. We have to do it all at the same time.

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