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The Alliance Center faced the challenges revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic and turned them into action. We are uniting organizations and individuals from across Colorado through visions of a regenerative future, addressing our obligation to create a thriving world based on an economy that benefits all. Through The Emergence Series, Regenerative Recovery Coalition and ______, we are leading the way to instilling a more sustainable and equitable future for our beloved state.

EIGHT FUNDAMENTALS FOR A REGENERATIVE RECOVERY

The Colorado Emergence Series meetings invited participants to identify what needs to happen to emerge stronger from the pandemic and create a regenerative future. The working groups of the Regenerative Recovery Coalition will follow the eight fundamental aspects of a Colorado regenerative recovery:

Transition Rapidly to Renewable, Distributive, Reliable Energy

The global energy system is the prime driver of climate change. To solve the climate crisis, it is urgent that we transition to renewable energy production combined with efficient use of energy. Working with the state of Colorado, the coalition’s goal is to decarbonize the state’s economy by 2030, considerably earlier than the 2050 date listed in the state documents.

Strengthen and Increase Colorado’s Regenerative Food System

COVID-19 made the fragile and inequitable nature of our food system transparent. Human health and environmental health are linked, and state policies must promote regenerative farming styles and methods that restore health and vibrancy to the ecosystem and ensure that such methods have direct (or equal) market access.

Provide Equitable Access and Opportunities

The health impacts of COVID-19 are felt disproportionately by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. A regenerative economy is founded on a commitment to address and remove systemic barriers. It establishes the conditions to achieve shared prosperity and provides opportunities for all voices to be heard and participate in decision making.

Build the Industries and the Workforce of the Future

Colorado is an entrepreneurial birthplace, known for creating niche markets like hemp and CBD that go on to lead the nation. The shift to clean technology, regenerative agriculture and the other job creation engines offers Colorado the chance to create a more inclusive, resilient life for all. In the wake of COVID-19, the state should invest in the industries of the future, not those of the past.

Invest in Natural and Built Infrastructure

The presence of properly located and maintained roads, bridges, airports, rail lines, broadband, power grids, sanitation and buildings are critical to a healthy economy. Even more important is our natural infrastructure, including intact ecosystems that provide our life support systems (air to breathe, water to drink, fertile soil to grow our food and climate stability) underpin all life—all economic activity.

Build Colorado’s Circular Economy

A circular economy is based on reclaiming raw materials that were used to create products and returning them to usefulness, keeping them from being discarded. The coalition will focus on creating jobs through supporting such enterprises as supporting and growing recycling entrepreneurs and material end-markets in Colorado.

Preserve and Strengthen Democratic Institutions

A regenerative recovery must protect and strengthen our democratic institutions, as well as revitalize active and inclusive civic engagement. Democratic institutions have historically blocked access to BIPOC, resulting in systemic oppression. A regenerative recovery must prioritize access, voice and equitable opportunity to all communities, especially BIPOC.

Leverage Diverse Partnerships to Demonstrate Regeneration in Action

The coalition has members from diverse sectors including for-profit, nonprofit, media, academia, state and local governments and individual citizens. The coalition will seek partnerships and collaboration across diverse boundaries. Making it happen will also take creative approaches to funding and supporting these efforts.

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