NYC + Economy 2.0

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This weekend I’m attending reRoute in New York City, a youth convergence for the “new economy.” Why does this matter to an environmentalist like me? Quite simply: it’s Activism 2.0 in the making.

For my documentary series, I’ve been following the next generation fighting ocean and climate related issues. But for a another component of our generation’s fight, I’m looking at how youth are challenging the very system we live in – the economy.

Traditionally the system we’ve been fighting in the environmental movement is the political one. But the economic system is a missing piece in our activism. I’m not the only one that thinks so.

Today, more and more young people are affected by a failing economic model than politics. One could argue that the post Cold-War era and Vietnam affected the Youth Revolt in the 60’s and 70’s, making their activism political in nature. While the youth culture today has been stunted by economic recession and the impacts of our fossil fuel economy (i.e. climate change).  It’s becoming abundantly clear that status-quo economic growth not only hurts people, our planet, but the entire future of our generation.

Here at reRoute over 300 youth across North America are gathering to start building towards what they call a “new economy” – alternative economic models to the status quo.  For many here, a core element of this new economy is one that is in line with our ecological limits and boundaries of our planet.

This is the Economy 2.0.

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