A just, people-centered energy transition is a process of changing the current energy system—and, therefore, the capitalist system— into one that can be considered of and by the people. It means transformation based on collective, democratic decision-making, allowing changes in how energy is produced and consumed, to overcome the energy and climate crisis that make up our global systemic crisis.
A just, people-centered energy transition seeks to build a new energy system in which energy is considered a right and a common good that meets the energy demands of the people with dignity and social inclusion, in harmony with Nature. From a socio-ecological and political perspective, it addresses the concentration of ownership, wealth, and power of energy sources, harnessing the potential of clean, ecological energy at the local level. It seeks to establish an energy system rooted in energy sovereignty, including decolonization, decentralization, de-commodification, depatriarchalization and dematerialization as well as the elimination of fossil fuel consumption, in which the rights of peoples and territories and the rights of Mother Earth are based on principles of communal energy, building a new energy culture, with socio-environmental ethics and justice.
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