SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY
National leaders should take two interim, concrete actions to help create the ambitious national transition program and synchronize these efforts:
- Create a National Community Transition Action Plan, created within a one-year period, that would identify priorities and needs across affected communities. To help create this plan, we recommend the immediate creation of an inclusive national just transition task force, which can assess the financial and social costs of the energy and economic transition, identify solutions, and make recommendations about a path forward.
- Create a new federal Office of Economic Transition to coordinate and oversee the new national community transition program. Guided by an advisory board reflective of affected stakeholder groups and communities, the Office would be charged to help synchronize ongoing efforts and leverage new public and private sector investments. The new Office should work to implement the action plan created by the task force.
ABOUT OUR PLATFORM
#1 LOCAL LEADERSHIP
A. Provide critical capacity-building support for local leaders and organizations. Given the local nature of this work, federal support should be provided to help build the capacity of local community-based leaders and organizations and facilitate community-driven planning processes and on-going program development and implementation. This is achievable through training and mentorship programs, grant funding to directly support salaries and materials needed for planning and program implementation, support from resource experts, and other technical assistance.
C. Invest in organizations led by those too often left out of economic development and transition planning. Funding should be directed to support leadership and develop capacity in Black, brown, and Indigenous-led organizations, as well as others too frequently left behind by the status quo and/or investments and planning around transition priorities, including young people, workers, women, and LGBTQ people.