The Great Recession of 2007-2009 precipitated a reversion from the middle class to poverty for millions of people, including many women and people of color who are now experiencing severe economic insecurity. And while more women and people of color are rising in management and becoming entrepreneurs, there is a persistent ceiling in business that prevents women from achieving full economic parity with men.
In addition, education inequity is often at the core of and perpetuates economic inequity globally. To build fair economies, all people must have equal access to educational opportunities, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
It's time to build economies that are not only fair, but those that are caring -- those that value business activities and lifestyles that care for people and the Earth, and share prosperity, reduce consumption and conserve resources. It’s time for economies that work for all people and regenerate the Earth. These cutting edge organizations are leaders in the movement for a fair and regenerative economy:
A key pillar of It’s Time Network’s mission is to bring visibility to organizations and individuals who are working together to regenerate the Earth and its ecosystems. Global communities face a range of environmental challenges, from indoor toxins and the need for efficient use of energy and clean water to waste management and climate change crisis.
Studies show that women are most adversely affected by the increased frequency of extreme weather events wrought by climate change because of their social roles, and because of discrimination and poverty. And since they direct patterns of behavior and consumption that affect the environment—they do the primary shopping and often determine family work and transportation patterns—women and girls clearly have a huge stake in the future of the environment and they are taking action for change.
Progress is being made by groups large and small who are working to regenerate the Earth and who know that we can be most effective in that regard when we work together for collective action -- here are a select list of allies working to ensure survival of these life supporting systems:
Decisionmaking bodies at all levels do not yet reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the individuals they represent. Over the past century, the participation of women and people of color in the public arena has grown significantly, but we have a long way to go to achieve equal representation in elected office, top municipal jobs and boards and commissions, and to be heard as equal voices in the media. As we work for systemic change on issues such as social inequity and climate change, it is crucial that those who determine policy issues are truly representative of the voices of citizens in our democracy.
The following organizations are working in partnership to design innovative and exciting solutions to build reflective democracies: