Month: July 2022

CEE Senior Fellow Mona Polacca Joins Inclusive Conservation Academy’s Steering Group

Senior Fellow Mona Polacca has joined the inaugural Steering Group for the Inclusive Conservation Academy, a recently developed, international capacity-building project. The ICA is envisioned as a vehicle for building the capacities of and expanding the support network for all relevant stakeholders, including representatives of Indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as conservation organizations, the private sector and governments.

The ICA is creating a pool of trainers that would include experienced leaders from Indigenous peoples and local communities as “faculty” members. Polacca (Hopi, Tewa, and Havasupai) joins other Indigenous leaders from around the world to guide the development of this innovative and timely initiative.

The creation of the ICA follows a series of consultations with Indigenous peoples and local community representatives that took place in 2021, led by the Tribal Link Foundation in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature.  An important, innovative feature of the ICA is that it has been co-created with Indigenous peoples and local community leaders, as well as other pioneering civil society organizations involved in inclusive and rights-based approaches to development, equity and social justice.

Call to Action – Mountain Valley Pipeline

Now is the time to act.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend MVP’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity until October 13, 2026. This extension, which would be the second extension granted, would give MVP four more years to complete the project.

The MVP poses catastrophic impacts to the local environment and communities along its path, along with tremendous negative broader climate impacts. (The pipeline would have an atmospheric impact equal to to 26 typical coal plants, or 19 million cars.) There is no clear need for the MVP, which the pipeline company’s owners admitted to the SEC “has a very low probability of completion.”

Please contact the FERC to oppose any extension of MVP’s certificate of necessity. The deadline for public comment is Friday, July 29.

Here are steps that individuals and organizations can take:

Related Reading:

Karenna Gore, “The Common Wealth of Water,” Virginia Mercury (Oct. 18, 2021) 

A Consultation on Cities: Mombasa, Kenya

A Consultation on Cities: Mombasa, Kenya
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
5 a.m. San Francisco | 8 a.m. New York | 2 p.m. Paris | 3 p.m. Mombasa


The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) identifies urban ecosystems as “radical transformations of natural areas” to serve a quality of life that modern society have come to expect and rely on. The UN Decade calls for greater commitments from civic groups and municipal authorities to set ambitious and innovative targets and fast-track sustainable urban ecosystems.

On Tuesday, July 26, at 8 a.m. (New York time), the Center for Earth Ethics will host a zoom event, “A Consultation on Cities: Mombasa, Kenya,” that will address truly sustainable urban ecosystems. This consultation will focus on sharing knowledge with the city’s social and faith leaders — predominantly from Muslim, Hindu and Christian religious traditions.

  • Jenifer Situma – Ecosystem Conservator, Mombasa County
  • Simran Khataw – Environmental Consultant
  • Mbaarak Abdallah – Director & Founder, Brain Youth Group
  • Chris Elisara – Co-Director WEA Sustainability Center & Lead for the Studio for Placemaking at the Ormond Center, Duke Divinity School
  • Azmaira Alibhai (moderator) – Faith & Ecosystems Coordinator, UN Environment Programme Faith for Earth Initiative

The participants will highlight the duty of care for their vibrant urban ecosystem: What does “ecosystem restoration” look like in Mombasa? What role do houses of worship and faith-based institutions can play in creating more green spaces with cities? And what benefits do houses of worship and faith-based institutions bring to the regeneration movement?

This consultation is the third consultation in the series, Values, Culture and Spirituality, organized by CEE in collaboration with the UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative, will host a conversation to support the UN Decade’s efforts by spotlighting restoration projects around the world. Previous consultations have examined air in St. James Parish, Louisiana and water in India’s River Yamuna.



NB. This post has been updated to include the list of speakers.

Job Opportunity: Associate Director of Communications

The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York is seeking applications for the newly created position of associate director of communications. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to climate advocacy and environmental justice as well as strong communications skills. The associate director will a key member of our small team, playing a central role in enhancing the visibility and awareness of CEE, its areas of focus and senior leaders, and CEE’s work confronting the climate crisis. This individual will be a skillful communicator, with a desire to build on their experience in social media, website design and maintenance, media relations, and digital/multimedia storytelling.


  • Post CEE and earth ethics news on website and across multiple social media platforms
  • Develop and write original content for CEE website and external media outlets
  • Design, implement, and manage print and digital communications, including newsletters, press releases, digital marketing campaigns, reports and white papers, and advancement appeals
  • Develop and produce multimedia content for a multitude of platforms
  • Build and maintain database/network of journalists, thought leaders, and media outlets
  • Perform general website maintenance as needed, ensuring website is maintained, up to date, and functional, with attention to SEO
  • Maintain consistent communications in alignment with visual identity as well as culturally aware principles and practices
  • Grow, organize, and maintain a database of photo and video assets
  • Support in-person and virtual events
  • Work occasionally in the evening and on weekends, as needed
  • Other duties as required

 Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, such as social ethics, climate justice, environmental science, religion, sociology, or communications
  • At least two (2) years relevant work experience in communications, climate advocacy, environmental justice, not-for-profit administration, or higher education

Preferred Experience

  • Master’s degree in relevant field, such as climate justice, environmental science, social ethics, religion, sociology, or communications
  • 3-5 years relevant work experience in communications, climate advocacy, environmental justice, not-for-profit administration, or higher education

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and cultural competency
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of WordPress, Mailchimp, Microsoft Office Suite, and G-Suite programs
  • Social media savvy with an understanding of various social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Ability to disseminate news and information to diverse audiences, including members of Indigenous communities
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the capacity to communicate and collaborate with various stakeholders (e.g., staff, faculty, administration, thought leaders, community advocates and organizers), including Indigenous groups and other communities impacted by the climate crisis
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically about communications and best practices
  • Initiative, sound judgment, and ability to respond calmly and effectively to evolving tasks and priorities
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Strong willingness to learn and assist in a variety of capacities as needed

Additional Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of AP and Chicago styles
  • Experience with Photoshop, Canva, or other graphic design software

This is a full-time position based in New York City, with flexibility to work remotely.

About the Center for Earth Ethics

The Center for Earth Ethics ( works to change the dominant value system from one based on short-term material gain to one based on the long-term health of the whole community of life. We work through education, advocacy, and movement-building to raise public consciousness as well as to shift policy and culture. We connect individuals and groups through four areas of focus: sustainability and global affairs; environmental justice and civic engagement; Indigenous wisdom, values, and rights; and ecology, spirituality, and faith. We use our unique convening capacity to tackle pressing issues, not only to speak truth to power but also to amplify the voices of those building a different kind of power, often along the margins.

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation is $65,000 per year, with a competitive benefits package (including medical, dental, and vision).

How To Apply

If you have the qualifications we are looking for and are interested in joining a small, collegial team, we want to hear from you! Please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) two writing samples to [email protected].

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is hired. Select candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in next steps in the selection process.

Union Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer and acts in accordance with applicable laws in all our hiring and employment practices. Union considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor under federal, state, or local law.