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

Victory: World Bank Announces It Will Stop Financing Oil and Gas in 2019

Victory: World Bank Announces It Will Stop Financing Oil and Gas in 2019

Children try to get a drink of clean water downstream from a World Bank-financed coal-fired power plant. The river is contaminated by fly-ash dumped in the river. Children try to get a drink of clean water downstream from a World Bank-financed coal-fired power plant. The river is contaminated by fly-ash ... Read More
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Citizen Groups Vow to Keep Pushing For Fossil Fuel Policy in Portland Despite LUBA Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Dan Serres, Columbia Riverkeeper, 503.890.2441, dan@columbiariverkeeper.org Micah Meskel, Audubon Society of Portland, 503.481.5715, mmeskel@audubonportland.org Nicholas Caleb, Center for Sustainable Economy, 541.891.6761, nick.caleb@sustainable-economy.org Regna Merritt, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, 971.235.7643, regna@oregonpsr.org Mia Reback, 350PDX, 310.717.7966, mia@350pdx.org July 19, 2017 (Salem, OR) – Today, the Oregon Land ... Read More
Following Portland's Lead, Seattle Calls for No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Following Portland’s Lead, Seattle Calls for No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

CSE Staff Attorney Nick Caleb in front of Portland City Hall Photo credit: Mia Reback On June 12, 2017, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution for no new fossil fuel infrastructure, in both the city of Seattle and urged the state of Washington, home to the nation’s largest proposed oil train ... Read More

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