In this week of Giving Thanks we invite you to join the Center for Earth Ethics in our aspirations and our successes towards a more just world. CEE Director Karenna Gore shares her personal experiences participating in the “Faith in Climate” interfaith event and youth side events of the Brazilian Climate Conference. We are also excited to share about our new affiliations with Columbia’s Earth Institute and consultative status through ECOSOC. There is something that happens in the work of Movement Building, a kind of alchemy that amplifies the work we do together. We hope this #GivingTuesday you will support us in that endeavor. As the legendary movement-builder and author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed Paolo Friere, also from Recife wrote: “It is necessary that the weakness of the powerless is transformed into a force capable of announcing justice.”
The Team at the Center for Earth Ethics
Original Caretakers Update
Standing for the Amazon and Protecting Forests Worldwide:
CEE’s Mindahi Bastida and other members of the ‘Guardians of Mother Earth’ Alliance Advocate for the Recognition of Forests as Sanctuaries
Addressing Inter-Generational Trauma
Brings About Both Healing and Policy Change
In a multi-year relationship, CEE’s Original Caretakers Initiative worked with community members in St. Petersburg, FL. This year Mindahi Bastida joined them to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with an OPEN conversation about Indigenous People’s rights, the consequences of the Doctrine of Discovery, original caretaker’s wisdom, history & connection to the land.
Closing the Water Gap: Spotlight on Senior Fellow
Catherine Coleman Flowers
Access to clean water continues to be a top priority in human rights and environmental justice advocacy. Catherine Flowers is partnering locally and globally to bring about the awareness for the systemic changes we need.
This fall, Catherine launched CREEJ: the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice whose mission is to reduce health and economic disparities and improve access to clean air, water, and soil in marginalized rural communities. CREEJ does this by influencing policy, inspiring innovation, catalyzing relevant research, and amplifying the voices of community leaders, all within the context of a changing climate.
In a November 2019 Op-Ed in the Montgomery Advertiser, Catherine and George McGraw wrote about the recent report released by DIGDEEP and the US Water Alliance on the emerging water crisis. Researchers found “there are at least two million Americans without hot and cold running water, a tap, shower, a working toilet, or basic wastewater service in their homes.” Details of the report and what organizations like CREEJ are doing across the country, can be found here at Closing the Gap.
Sustainability & Global Affairs Update
CEE adds Earth Ethics lens to Advanced multi-disciplinary conversation on Global Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth Institute
CEE Director, Karenna Gore participated in a landmark climate event just weeks ago in Recife, Brazil. In the context of the Brazilian Conference on Climate Change, a historic meeting brought together Catholic, evangelical, Jewish, Afro-Brazilian and indigenous leaders, in an interfaith event, in defense of the environment in the oldest Synagogue of the Americas – Kahal Zur Israel. In the lead up to the event, Karenna was interviewed by Sérgio Xavier for Diario Pernambuco. Please enjoy this enriching conversation on what exactly are Earth Ethics, the deepening value of inter-religious dialogue and our changing climate.
CEE has joined the many excellent organizations participating in #GivingTuesday this year. We invite you to join us and continue to support the evolution of our work. Also, please keep an eye out for our Fall Newsletter which we’ll send next week.
In Joy –
The Center for Earth Ethics Team
ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPCOMING EVENTS…
CEE’S Mindahi Bastida to attend COP 25
December 2-13, 2019 in Madrid, Spain
on a panel at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland by Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition
CEE Readies for our first
West Coast Regional Minister’s Training!
Stay tuned for reports!
Union Theological Seminary Scholar in Residence and CEE Original Caretakers Fellow Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina will join the Brooklyn Public Library’s Series on Climate for
‘Parenting in the Age of Climate Change‘ this Wednesday, November 20th, 7 – 8:30 pm.
The Center for Earth Ethics is pleased to announce we are co-sponsoring a new series
Climate Commitments Project: Global Conversations.
The first conversation is scheduled for December 5th, 10:30 am CST / 11:30 EST.
CEE’s Director Karenna Gore to give Keynote Address at
Mount Sinai School of Medicine 2nd Annual Climate Conference in 2020
Strike for Climate! The Center for Earth Ethics will be among the many participating in the September 20th Climate Strike in New York City. This landmark action will happen three days before the UN Climate Summit. Young people and adults will strike together all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.
In NYC, we will gather at Foley Square and take to the streets to march to Battery Park. The event will conclude with speakers and performers, including Fridays For Future movement starter Greta Thunberg and NY-based youth leaders. RSVP Now on Action Network to #StrikewithUs. Global Strike Website for Sept. 20-27
The Center for Earth Ethics team stands with the Union Theological Seminary community marching for climate justice. We will meet at UTS in the morning before the march, in connection with students, faculty and staff along with members of the Ecological Caucus and travel together to Foley Square.
“We must do right by the Earth.
We cannot deprive the coming generations of the source of life.
I strike with the youth in solidarity with all our relations.”
-Davis Ogima Logan
Union Theological Seminary student,
CEE Field Ed 2019, member of the Ecological Caucus
September 20th at 6 pm following the Climate Strike
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
One East Sixty-Fifth Street, New York, NY
This event is free and open to all, reservations are requested.
Climate Week in NYC has served as a dedicated time of convergence for all those working for the benefit of our earth and all those relying on us to provide conditions for clean air and clean water for generations to come.
As a pre-cursor to Climate Week, Karenna will join the Temple Emanu-El community’s Shabbat services to discuss our moral and religions obligations of protecting the earth.
“One generation goes and another generation comes, but the Earth remains forever” – Ecclesiastes 1:4
MORE EVENTS in honor of CLIMATE WEEK…
Social Good Summit
92nd Street Y, NYC
Sep 22, 2019
Catherine Flowers joins engineers, scientists, artists, chefs, policy advisers, media figures and youth climate leadership to address issues of climate protection, conservation and change.
Choose Us – Youth Climate Strike Demands Solutions & Action Now!
Sep 23 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Join us for an evening of conversation with youth climate leaders to learn how to move their demands forward with the urgency required by the global climate crisis. The New York Society for Ethical Culture
At Union Theological Seminary, the fall semester is getting underway and we are delighted to welcome new and returning students to our campus. We will be working with a group of students this semester on bridging scholarship and climate justice activism, with lots of movement-building opportunities, including the Climate Strike on September 20th. We are thrilled that the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City and will be standing with the great youth climate activists that have been working so hard here in this city. One such NYC-based youth activist, Xiye Bastida, happens to be the daughter of CEE Scholar in Residence Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina and CEE Original Caretakers Director Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz and so it was a special honor for us that Geraldine and Xiye were among those to greet Greta in person when her boat arrived. The UN Climate Action Summit is September 23rd and we all must do our part to build support for global leaders to take concrete actions towards the systemic change that is necessary to face this existential crisis. Finally, I would like to share an essay I wrote for the New York times about a woman in history I have long admired for her work on public health, human rights and earth ethics: Alice Hamilton. Looking forward to a historic year for our work together.
Greta Thunberg and her father Svente Thunberg arriving in NY being greeted by youth climate activists Alexandria Villaseñor and Xiye Bastida.
2019 Kofi Annan Faith Briefings:
Report from The Parliament of the Worlds Religions
On Monday July 15th, 2019 the UN Task Force on Religion and Development and the Multi-Faith Advisory Council (CA) gathered for the Annual Kofi Annan Faith Briefings in New York.
In 2019, the program focused on the theme of Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality: The Role of UN and Multi-Faith Collaboration and included keynotes from high-level experts and five panel discussions. The panel discussions focused on issues like multi-faith collaboration, inter-generational dialogue, the rights of children, and climate change.
Council on Foreign Relations:
CEE’s Karenna Gore presides over Combating Climate Change Conversation
Closing plenary session at the Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy workshop on the topic Combating Climate Change. Moderator: CEE’s Karenna Gore (left).
Panelists: Brenda Ekwurzel, Senior Climate Scientist and Director of Climate Science, Union of Concerned Scientists; Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change, National Security Council; and Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Environmental Specialist and Regional Climate Change Coordinator in the Africa Region, World Bank Group.
EARTH ETHICS / ORIGINAL CARETAKERS / SUSTAINABILITY & GLOBAL AFFAIRS
Earlier this month, CEE’s Mindahi Bastida visited Brazil to gather with other indigenous voices to discuss conservation and protection of Water Resources at this threshold of a Decade dedicated to Water. Since that time, the world has seen reports of unprecedented fires across the Amazon rainforest. This causes great concern over the already devastating issues we face globally of aggressive deforestation, carbon levels in the atmosphere, bio-diversity loss and species extinction.
Facing Devastation in the Amazon
by Guest Contributor, Alfredo Sirkis, Executive Director of the Brazil Climate Center / Climate Reality Project
Alice Hamilton, an expert on public health, foresaw the rise of fascism in Germany.
NY Times Op-Ed by CEE Director, Karenna Gore for Aug. 29, 2019
was among those interviewed by PBS.
WORKING TOGETHER TO CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME:
Dear Friends,In Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis wrote, “It is essential to show special care for Indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. They are not merely one minority among others, but should be the principal dialogue partners, especially when large projects affecting their land are proposed.”
Inspired, the Center for Earth Ethics partnered with the Indigenous Environmental Network and Forum 21 to host an intimate dialogue between Indigenous leaders and a representative from the Vatican. Read more…
The CEE Team
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT:
On May 17 and 18, Virginians from all across the state will unite in common cause to oppose unjust and unneeded fracked-gas pipelines anywhere in the Commonwealth, and to stand in solidarity for environmental justice and the climate.
On Friday, May 17, continuing the work of bringing people together for good, William Joseph Barber III, Co-chair of the N.C. Poor People’s Campaign Ecological Justice Committee, Karenna Gore (Center for Earth Ethics) and Pastor Paul Wilson (Union Grove Baptist Church) will join local leaders to march across the Robert E. Lee Bridge where 51 years ago, almost to the day, civil rights activists marched during Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Poor People’s Campaign for economic justice. We’ll end at the Oregon Hill Overlook for a concert and rally. May 18th events will happen in Leesburg. More information…
ORIGINAL CARETAKERS EVENTS DURING EARTH WEEK:
Indigenous leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations Headquarters and at events throughout New York City during Earth Week.
Delegates from the Mapuche Nation and Likanantay brought awareness to Human Rights Violations at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
ECO-MINISTRY UPCOMING EVENTS:
Special Evening Event
Wednesday, May 22, 7 pm
The intersection of religion and the environment reflects on faith and love for the earth.
A reception follows.
Throughout the Easter season, St. Bart’s is excited to present a variety of programs focusing on stewardship of the earth. Other Upcoming Events in the series include: May 19th, Keep it Local: Addressing Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Climate Justice with Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, Uprose; and June 2nd, In the Garden: St. Bart’s and The Rooftop of the Waldorf-Astoria with Leslie Day, naturalist and author of Honeybee Hotel.
Dear Friends, Please enjoy “We are Easter People and Hallelujah is Our Song” – a gorgeous conversation on faith, spirituality, climate change and more with CEE Director, Karenna Gore hosted by Mary Anne Hitt & Anna Jane Joyner and produced by Zach Mack. No Place Like Home is a podcast that gets to the heart of climate change through personal stories. CEE is proud to participate in the most recent NPLH conversation about climate & hope you will take time in the celebration of Earth, the beauty of Spring, and the very miracle of life to tell your stories with friends, family and neighbors!
– The CEE Team
We Love Pollinators!
As part of our preparation for the upcoming Minister’s Training: On Food and Faith, and in sync with Earth Day 2019’s focus on preservation of species, we take a moment for the most beloved of pollinators: the bees.
Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared,
“man would have only four years of life left”.
The die-off happening around the U.S. and some parts of Europe is serious for beekeepers, farmers and all us. Since the 1980s, the number of bees has diminished, but the recent die-offs have been severe. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) was reported from at least 24 states as early as 2007.
In a recent study, “researchers found that the American Bumblebee’s area of occurrence has decreased by about 70 percent and its relative abundance fell by 89 percent from 2007-2016 compared to 1907-2006.” Bees are important allies for humanity in supporting the restoration of Bio-Diversity on Earth.
Earth Week Events
Global Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge, Mental Health and Well-being: A Different Paradigm
April 22nd, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
Room S-1521 in UN Headquarters: 405 East 42nd St, 1st Avenue, NYC
(Visitor’s Entrance, 46th St. & 1st Ave.)
CEE’s Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina to participate.
and the International Federation of Social Workers.
Indigeneity & the Defense of Mother Earth:
April 22, 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm UL104, University Center 63 5th Ave, NYC
With Tom BK Goldtooth (Dine’ & Dakota): Ex. Dir., Indigenous Environmental Network
Indigeneity & the Responsibilities of Scholar Activism:
April 23, 4-6 pm Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Ave, NYC
Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz: Director of the Original Caretakers Program at CEE, Coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council, Mexico and steering committee member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative and Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina: Scholar in Residence for the Center for Earth Ethics and Professor of Ethnoecology will join the panel in the April 23rd panel on Scholarly Activism as part of Earth Week at The New School.
With Manari Ushigua Santi, Akameno: Traditional healer & leader of the Sapara Nation in Ecuadorian Amazon; Eduardo Kohn: Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University, specializing in the indigenous knowledges of Quichua (Quechua) speaking Runa of Ecuador’s Upper Amazon; Ronald Suárez Maynas: President of the Shipibo Conibo Xetebo Council of the Peruvian Amazon; Abou Farman: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research; Suzanne Benally (Dine’): Executive Director of Cultural Survival; and Jaskiran Dhillon: Associate Professor of Global Studies, The New School. More…
IN LOVING MEMORY
We at the Center for Earth Ethics and Union Theological Seminary were honored to know Grandmother Josephine and give thanks for her life and teaching.
Reciprocity, Responsibilities, Hope
Marrying Indigenous Wisdom & Scientific Knowledge:
Reimagining the Human Place in Nature
A very special evening with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer in conversation with Geraldine Ann Patrick Encina, Scholar in Residence for Union’s Center for Earth Ethics and Union Theological Seminary faculty member John Thatamanil.
The Gathering of Indigenous Spiritual Elders of South America and the Abya Yala
CEE’s Original Caretakers Program Director, Mindahi Bastida, will travel to Colombia to participate in this sharing between indigenous thought leaders and tradition keepers of Central and South America.
The Gathering of Indigenous Spiritual Elders of South America and the Abya Yala, will be an expression of dialogue and reciprocity to heal Mother Earth for present and for future generations. It promises meaningful discussions, as well as the development of pragmatic action plans.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Earth Ethics, ICCS – International Center for Cultural Studies, and The Fountain.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Catherine Flowers to Testify for Congressional Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
“The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges”
LiveStream March 7th, 10 am EST
7:00 PM, Doors Open at 6:15 PM
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Annual Ministers Training May 30 – June 1
Application deadline is March 29, 2019. Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 30, 2019. Click here to submit an application.
You can support Grandmother Josephine’s vision
Women & Water Coming Together Symposium
August 4-8, 2019
At the Center for Earth Ethics, we seek to be attentive and educated advocates for clean air and clean water, sustainability initiatives that move us to a just transition & the protection of indigenous wisdom and sacred sites across the globe.
In the Fall of 2018, CEE Director Karenna Gore curated a series of events at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City as the Future Fellow of the Karma Series. This creative and intuitive space provided a laboratory for exploring themes intimately connected to the work of the Center. Indigenous wisdom keepers such as Mona Polacca, Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Winona LaDuke dialogued with contemporary artists and cultural influencers from Naomi Klein to Laurie Anderson to Jeff Sachs while engaging with diverse audience members. Topics included Rights of Nature: Do Rivers Have Rights?, Original Instructions of Mother Earth and facing despair in the time of climate change. A major highlight was the newly articulated workshop on Indigenous Timekeeping and Sacred Sites taught by CEE’s Original Caretakers Program developers Mindahi Bastida and Geraldine Patrick.
2019 already promises to be a year of convening local and global networks of faithful and inspired people who will continue to bring our social and environmental arcs towards justice. Join us!
Read Mindahi’s Full Letter
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
CULTURE & AGRICULTURE
DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY
Finding Faith in Forests.
MINISTRY in the TIME of CLIMATE CHANGE 2019
This year’s Minister’s Training will be held at Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio in partnership with MTSO and the Climate Reality Project. We’re focusing on the impacts climate change has on agriculture and land use, and what faith communities can do to respond. The application for the training will open in February so keep an eye out for it!
Karenna Gore and CEE’s Herbalist in Residence, Poppy Jones, were joined by the Dogwood Alliance for a walk in the woods at NY City’s Van Cortlandt Park this fall. Please enjoy Stories Happen in Forests‘ video, “Finding Faith in the Forest” giving you a window into their time together and a deep spiritual connection to the woods. The Dogwood Alliance is dedicated to reminding us how both magical & critical to our survival our Forests really are.
Join us and these heroic #ForestDefenders in building a powerful movement to protect our sacred forests. Learn more about their amazing work!
The Center for Earth Ethics Team
Join CEE this Month
and Sacred Sites Workshop
with Mindahi Bastida and Geraldine Patrick
Nov 17th, 2018, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Developing a Time-Space Consciousness
Activating Sacred Sites
Writing a Letter to our Beloved Home Landscape
150 West 17th St.
New York, NY 10011
“Indigenous American Religious Traditions and a ‘Wholistic’ Ecological Vision” with Karenna Gore, Mindahi Bastida and Geraldine Patrick
Sunday, November 18th
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
1157 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10075
Sunday Scholars Panel: The Hudson as Life Force
How has the River been changed by us,
and how have we in turn, been changed by it?
Paul Gallay, President of Hudson Riverkeeper, moderates
with Karenna Gore, John Waldman, David Schuyler & Lee Bitsoi
Nov 18th, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, RSVP Required
Co-Hosted by Hudson Riverkeeper and
the Hudson River Museum
1511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Mindahi Bastida joins International Gathering of Indigenous Leaders and Artists
Return of Mungo Man