The Clean Energy Education and Workforce Alliance is committed to ensuring that a post-COVID recovery accelerates climate action and rebuilds the economy in a just, equitable, and sustainable way through a variety of clean energy education pathways. We seek to collectively drive bold policy through research-aligned frameworks that can enable widespread engagement around clean energy priorities.
While the planning committee agrees that broad based energy education and understanding is critical to building a clean energy future, our primary focus is clean energy education. As a coalition for/of clean energy education advocates, we are committed to working towards a resilient and equitable clean energy economy shaped by knowledgeable educators, students and an engaged public.
The following acknowledgements undergird our understanding of Clean Energy Education today and guide our work towards a clean energy future:
All impacts from historic and future energy development take place on the traditional lands of hundreds of distinct Tribal nations, whose stewardship of the land dates back many generations before European settlement.
BIPOC* communities, women, and other minoritized identities have historically been excluded from participating in the energy economy, creating deeply rooted inequities in access to resources and knowledge
*Black, Indigenous, People of Color
Historically, the energy space has been one that centers the experiences, desires, and norms of whiteness, and while we push towards a more justice and inclusive clean future, today’s energy industry remains white-centered.
Culturally relevant and sustaining practices that honor the diversity of knowledge, expertise, values, and ways of knowing and being are critical to developing impactful energy education and fostering widespread community engagement.
Climate justice is inseparable from climate action, requiring the empowerment of BIPOC groups, members of low-income communities, and all others on the social, environmental, and economic front lines of climate impacts to participate and lead the movement.
Implementation and standardization of energy education is highly variable by geographic region.
Every human interacts with energy systems, and these experiences are critical to the acquisition of broader knowledge.