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

Report Reveals Ties to Trump, Obama in Two Proposed Oregon Crude Oil Export Terminals

Report Reveals Ties to Trump, Obama in Two Proposed Oregon Crude Oil Export Terminals

A report released July 15 by Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE), “Crude Bailout: How Global Partners’ and Zenith Energy’s Oil Terminals Subvert Democracy, Endanger Human Life and Health, and Pollute the Planet,” reveals how billionaire investor, Koch brothers ally, and President Donald Trump legal backer Richard A. Kayne and former ... Read More
An Unexpected Threat to Portland and Surrounding Region: Tar Sands by Rail

An Unexpected Threat to Portland and Surrounding Region: Tar Sands by Rail

Athabascan tar sands in Canada. The industry hopes to excavate an area the size of Florida to access this highly polluting fossil fuel. Source: Creative Commons. The successful grassroots resistance to tar sands pipeline proposals across North America is resulting in an increase in the far more dangerous transport of ... Read More
Climate Groups Call on City of Portland to Enact Emergency Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Moratorium

Climate Groups Call on City of Portland to Enact Emergency Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Moratorium

This morning, the Portland Audubon Society, OPAL Environmental Justice, 350 PDX, the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Center for Sustainable Economy sent a letter to Portland City Commissioners and Mayor Wheeler urging immediate action on the Zenith oil terminal and broader fossil fuel policy ... Read More

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