Build Sustainable Economies
Stop Wealth Extraction and Prioritize Rural Community Investment
Rural economic reliance on extractive industries like fossil fuels, factory farming, and industrial timber must end. A new economy can be built on regenerative food, natural resource, and energy production along with small business innovation and a strong public sector. Rural policy must prioritize resilient local economies, putting people and communities first.
- Utilize the challenge of the climate crisis to create local ownership, good jobs, and empower farmers and small businesses in rural America.
- Support local and regional governments and nongovernmental organizations with capacity building and resources to end reliance on the extractive boom-and-bust industries.
- Enable distributed, community-owned clean energy systems like rooftop and community solar and wind that ensures maximum livability and land use for rural residents and farmers.