Climate Justice

Climate Justice

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The staggering costs of climate change are no longer speculative – they are unfolding with alarming frequency and drama. But it is the economic, political, and social implications of climate change that are starting to drive change.

climatejustice1The Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE) recognizes that, in order to slow climate change, we must both work to keep over two-thirds of proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground, as analysts suggest, and simultaneously challenge the economic, political and social status quo.

Together with environmental justice organizations, community groups, people of faith, indigenous peoples, labor allies, and civil society groups, we are taking action around the urgent moral imperative of rapidly reducing our collective carbon footprint while ensuring our land use is sustainable, with high value carbon sinks, such as old growth forests, bolstered and expanded as rapidly as possible. Our work is divided into three domains of change:

  • Economic Change – The climate crisis is a symptom of an economic system in crisis—a system that measures more oil spills, more climate-related property damages and more coal trains as a net “positive” for the economy, simply because these costs represent a growth in GDP. In response, CSE works to document the true costs of carbon pollution and help communities protect themselves from the economic risks of fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Political Change – At CSE we are working in coalition with others to strengthen our democracy, particularly as it governs our energy future, to ensure that workers and communities have democratic control and oversight over their energy and transportation resources, infrastructure, and options, and that the rights of future generations are protected.
  • Cultural Change – If the status quo is maintained, our climate will continue to spiral out of balance and the poorest among us, those least responsible for the climate crisis, will suffer the most. CSE is working with a particular focus on supporting and protecting the rights of Native Americans, future generations, and the communities on the front lines of the fossil fuel and timber extraction activity in tackling the climate challenge, with a geographic focus on the Pacific Northwest.

PROGRAM NEWS AND UPDATES

Washington DNR Says Climate Impacts are ‘Not on Their Checklist’

Washington DNR Says Climate Impacts are ‘Not on Their Checklist’

For the past three months Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE) and its partners have been challenging clearcutting proposals on state forestlands in Washington on the grounds that clearcutting is both driving climate change and making the land more susceptible to its effects. Given that climate change is an existential threat ... Read More
World scientists and a new film outline urgent action for survival of civilization

World scientists and a new film outline urgent action for survival of civilization

MOUNT VERNON, Wash., Nov. 12, 2021 – The nonprofits Stable Planet Alliance and Scientists Warning Europe (SWE) announced publication today of a new paper and accompanying film: the “World Scientists’ Warning into Action” paper – a solutions-oriented follow-up to the 2019 “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency,” and the ... Read More
Reconciliation and infrastructure bills would generate massive carbon emissions from logging and highways

Reconciliation and infrastructure bills would generate massive carbon emissions from logging and highways

By Chad Hanson, Ph.D. and John Talberth, Ph.D. As Congress accelerates work to pass two massive new spending bills – the budget Reconciliation ($3.5 trillion) and Infrastructure ($1.2 trillion) packages – lawmakers need to do the math to ensure that money is not thrown to programs that increase greenhouse gas ... Read More

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