Mission & Strategy
“If we do nothing, we still get to a post-carbon future—but it will be bleak.However, if we plan the transition, we can have a world that supports robust communitiesof healthy, creative people and ecosystems with millions of other species.”— Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow-in-Residence
It’s been a turbulent two years….
In the news:
a Gulf oil spill, an Arab Spring, a European currency crisis, a Japanese tsunami and nuclear meltdown, and global protestsand uprisings.
On the rise:
oil prices, fracking, debt, CO
, sea levels, and extremeweather.
On the wane:
dence, new discoveries of conventionalfossil fuels, fresh water, biodiversity, and viable options.
On the global stage:
realization that these are no ordinary crises,but the unwinding of an over-leveraged, under-resourced, globalizedeconomy.
On the local level:
emerging as the most e
ectiveresponse to these massive changes.
On the PCI agenda:
making clear the resource, environmental,economic, and social constraints driving these trends, and the urgency of responding e
ectively.In 2010-2011, the question for Post Carbon Institute was not, “
” but rather, “
What to do
” So many challenges, all of theminterrelated, and so many areas needing urgent attention! As a think tank focused primarily on North America and the English-speaking world, we support community resilience as a primary response. PCI integrates and connects high-level thinking with on-the-ground action, bringing together the best ideas and models fortransitioning to the post-carbon future as quickly, equitably, andsustainably as possible.In 2010-2011, building on the wise counsel of our Fellows, Board, Advisers, Allies, and Supporters, PCI re
ned our three primary strategies:
Setting the Agenda:
Research, analysis, and writing that providesa systems-view reframing of our resource, environment, economy, andsocial challenges.
Changing the Conversation:
Taking the core ideas andinformation from “Setting the Agenda” and communicating themthrough public speaking, media interviews, social media, webinars,websites, animations, videos, etc.
Providing concrete, tangible resources forindividuals and communities to take action.
e following report details these strategies, our activities andoutcomes over the last two years, and our plans going forward.