7 Platform Pillars
From Appalachia to the Navajo Nation, the people and places hit hard by the changing coal economy are facing a profound and urgent crisis. Yet, as challenges grow, local leaders in America’s coal communities are developing solutions that tackle the climate crisis and create equitable and sustainable economic growth from the ground up. The National Economic Transition Platform is crafted by these leaders to give national policymakers a framework for a comprehensive national transition program that will create vibrant, resilient, and inclusive communities.
Invest in local community-based leaders to help communities plan and respond.
Invest in entrepreneurs and locally-owned small businesses to grow diverse economic sectors that contribute to stronger, more resilient communities, improved public health, restored ecosystems and equitable opportunities for all people.
Provide a broad system of support for workers and viable pathways to quality, family-sustaining jobs.
Reclaim, remediate, and reuse coal sites to create jobs while restoring land and clean water.
Invest in physical and social infrastructure to stimulate economic development and build a foundation for change.
Protect workers, taxpayers, communities, and the environment during bankruptcies.
Empower local communities by providing direct access to federal resources.
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