Water Ethics

Earth Ethics and Water Ethics

The Center for Earth Ethics works at the intersection of faith, environmental justice and climate where the protection of clean water is essential for all

Water runs through it all

The Center for Earth Ethics works to articulate the value of water in our intersecting global crises: from our spiritual relationship with water, to water and sanitation, stopping pipelines, human and planetary health, peacekeeping, protecting biodiversity and transforming food systems.


UN 2023 Water Conference

“With its first convening in 47 years, the United Nations 2023 Water Conference will take place March 22-24, 2023 in New York City to accelerate global momentum toward Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, through multi-sector partnership commitments to action on water resiliency.”

CEE Senior Fellow, Mona Polacca and other Indigenous voices will engage NY Water Week and the UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, 2018–2028” hosted by the Netherlands and Tajikistan.

Mona Polacca and Karenna Gore in Conversation on Water

This fire side chat will be streamed online during NY Water Week.

Indigenous and Interfaith Water Ceremony in Central Park

March 21st gathering to honor water in a sacred way before the opening of the UN 2023 Water Conference.

Indigenous Delegation Reception and Talking Circle Session

CEE to host a delegation of Indigenous Peoples convened by Mona Polacca and guests at the UN Church Center on World Water Day

UN 2023 Water Conference

Find information about conference goals, the importance of the convening in the UN ecosystem and a frequently updated programme of events as it evolves.

Intersections with Indigeneity, Faith and Justice



Demanding Plastics Reform in Washington

I spent a few days in Washington, D.C. last week lobbying lawmakers alongside other members from the Break Free From Plastic Coalition, a coalition of some 200 organizations working on plastics issues. CEE proudly joined Break Free in 2023.  The pervasive impacts of plastics pollution are just now being fully

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INC-4: The Brink of the Plastics Problem

The fourth gathering of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4), aimed at reaching a global treaty to combat the plastics crisis, concluded on April 29 in Ottawa. The week-long negotiations as a whole failed to deliver, though the lack of ambition was unfortunately predictable due to the prevalence of fossil fuel interests

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