River Stone Renewables Coalition

"A stone in the river changes the flow"

Kathleen Dean Moore

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Centering the ecological crisis and environmental justice in the work of renewable energy researchers, developers, and workers

For more details on what we are all about, check out the post Welcome to the River Bank

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the space, resources, and networks to explore the role of renewable energy in overcoming the global ecological crisis. We aim to steer renewable energy toward solutions centered on climate justice and system change. We advocate for the intentional integration of people and the planet into research and development.

 

We are fulfilling this mission by hosting discussions, disseminating educational resources, supporting and joining activist groups involved in climate justice, and collaborating on related projects. In our collaborative research, we are asking questions about how work in the fields of renewable energy can contribute to a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. 

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Education

Provide introductions and exposure to relevant scholarship outside of the renewable energy fields

Accountability

Hold each other accountable for prioritizing people and the planet

Resources

Introduce methods for keeping the ecological crisis centered in their own work and raising questions about distributive and procedural justice. 

Advocacy

 Share ideas for new pathways, projects, opportunities, and futures

Networking

Participate in public processes and lend expertise to movements which share our goals

What's in a name?

The name River Stone Renewables is borrowed from a metaphor presented by Kathleen Dean Moore in the final chapters of Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change. Moore compares the swift, powerful nature of rivers, and the way they are ingrained into the landscape, to the economic and political forces that have brought us to this time of ecological devastation. Although the river feels overwhelming and unstoppable, it changes direction, if only slightly, with every stone that is placed in its path. Moore’s answer to what one person can do about climate change is, “find your stone, and toss it in.” Through conscientious refusal, creative disruption, and courageous, relentless citizenship, change the flow of the river, one stone at a time.

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