Full Title: A Big Civilian Climate Corps is Vital for Economy and Appalachia
Author(s): Ted Boettner, Stephen Herzenberg
Publisher(s): Ohio River Valley Institute, Keystone Research Center, ReImagine Appalachia
Publication Date: September 15, 2021
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Momentum is growing for creating a 21st century Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that would reduce carbon emissions, grow jobs, and restore our natural resources and environment. At least seven bills have been introduced in Congress this year to revive the CCC and several House committees have included funding for a CCC in bills that could be passed in the budget reconciliation process over the next few weeks.
In this new issue brief, the Ohio River Valley Institute, along with Keystone Research Center and Reimagine Appalachia, examine the substantial benefits of a revamped CCC for the Ohio River Valley region and the nation.
By building on the successful legacy of the New Deal CCC and other corps programs, a new CCC could employ thousands of out of work people – including formally incarcerated citizens, young adults, and unemployed and underemployed workers – in carbon farming jobs planting trees to reforest the region and restore wetlands, growing small farms using regenerative agricultural practices, and other innovative economic development areas.