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Working at the intersection of social inequity and the ecological crisis.

Low-income communities and communities of color are not only the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, they are also more likely to live near toxic sites that release pollution into local air, water and soil that harm human and environmental health. CEE helps to connect our civic discourse to frontline communities and ensure that they lead the way in raising public consciousness and creating change.

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William is Fellow of Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement.
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Karenna Gore to Discuss “Widening the Circle” at Yale, February 23

“Widening the Circle” Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12 p.m. New Haven & New York _____________________ On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at noon Eastern Time, Executive Director Karenna Gore will address Yale students and guests as a session in the School of the Environment BIOMES speaker series. The title of Ms.… Read more

Call to Faith Communities: Host a Climate and Justice Teach-In!

Teach-Ins on Climate and Justice to be Held Worldwide on March 30, 2022 Information Session for Faith-Based Communities to be held on February 16, 2022 As the negative impacts of the climate crisis accumulate, faith communities have a vital role to play in addressing climate change and creating just climate… Read more

Virtual Event | Ecocide: A Discussion of Law and Ethics, January 20, 2022

Ecocide: A Discussion of Law and Ethics Thursday, January 20, 2022 VIRTUAL EVENT 9 a.m. Los Angeles | 12 p.m. New York & Quito | 6 p.m. The Hague REGISTER TODAY Mass environmental devastation affects us all, even if the damage is inflicted within national borders. Yet as it stands… Read more

Call to Faith Communities: Host a Climate and Justice Teach-In!

Teach-Ins on Climate and Justice to be Held Worldwide on March 30, 2022 Information Sessions Scheduled for January 13, 2022 As the negative impacts of the climate crisis accumulate, faith communities have a vital role to play in addressing climate change and creating just climate solutions. Churches, mosques, temples and… Read more

William J. Barber III Joins CEE as Fellow

Environmental justice scholar and advocate William J. Barber III has joined CEE as a fellow for the Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement Program. He brings to the Center nearly a decade of social justice organizing experience along with deep academic training in both the science and the law behind environmental… Read more

Karenna Gore Denounces “Terrible Burden” of Mountain Valley Pipeline

On the 49th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Executive Director Karenna Gore penned a guest column, “The common wealth of water,” in the Virginia Mercury. Gore urged Virginia’s state government not to certify the planned Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would bring fracked gas from West Virginia to southern Virginia. “Virginians… Read more

White House Announces Environmental Justice Advisory Council Members including Catherine Coleman Flowers

MARCH 29, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Today, the White House announced the members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The advisory council will provide advice and recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council on how to address… Read more

Water, Sanitation and Inequality in the US – Catherine Coleman Flowers project with The Guardian

Help us Investigate Sanitation Inequality in the US March 9, 2021 Categories: Public Programs & Events We know that access to sanitation – just like access to clean air and water – is so often divided along race and class lines. But while there’s never been more awareness that environmental racism… Read more

The Stench of American Neglect

by Caroline Fraser for The New York Review In her new book, the activist Catherine Coleman Flowers chronicles her efforts to expose criminally deficient sanitation in her home county of Lowndes, Alabama and around the US. February 25, 2021 issue In 1941 Walker Evans, a photographer, and James Agee, a… Read more

Bridging the rural divide

OPINION | ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT – THE HILL Catherine Coleman Flowers   The deep divide between rural and urban communities is a polarization that has been exemplified by coronavirus, climate change and economic despair. It is estimated that approximately 60 million people live in rural America. Most of the landmass of the… Read more