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Sustainability and Global Affairs

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We’re connecting the global to the local.

CEE recognizes that an ecological society will require local, national, and international action to challenge economic paradigms that emphasize short-term profit over planetary health and thriving communities. We hold observer status at the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and belong to movements such as the Big Shift Coalition which seeks the systemic change necessary to avert further ecological collapse. CEE is also an affiliate center at the Earth Institute of Columbia University.

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Faith + Food Dialogues Series Registration is Open!

Faith + Food Dialogues ~ May 6th – June 3rd A series of independent dialogues hosted by the Faith and Food Coalition to contribute to the United Nations Food Systems Summit. Food sits at the center of our lives. From a meal on the go to a holiday spent around… Read more

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, Holy Week: “Healing the water heals the wounds of the earth and its people”

The seventh and last reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network is written by Andrew Schwartz.* In the following reflection during Holy Week, he is using a small town in the USA as a case study to emphasise how local communities can take small initiatives to “resurrect” the contaminated… Read more

Watch: Faith + Food Coalition opens dialogues with livestream

The Center for Earth Ethics is so excited about the Faith + Food Coalition Dialogue Series – we hosted a livestream conversation Friday, March 26th! Check out our conversation with CEE Executive Director Karenna Gore, Sustainability and Global Affairs Program Director Andrew Schwartz, Original Caretakers Program Senior Fellow Mona Polacca and Director of… Read more

The UN Secretary-General —  Remarks for the ONE PLANET SUMMIT 

THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL  —  REMARKS FOR THE ONE PLANET SUMMIT    11 January 2021    [All English version]    Dear friends,    2021 must be the year to reconcile humanity with nature.    Until now, we have been destroying our planet.     We have been abusing it as if we… Read more

Banks Gather for Finance in Common Summit on Sustainability Solutions – Will it Matter?

This week 450 public development banks (PDBs) are gathering at the Finance in Common Summit, a seminal moment in the world of banking. The banks in attendance represent nearly $2.5 trillion in annual investments ranging from local banks and projects to multilateral banks providing development assistance across the globe. The… Read more

World Bank invested over $10.5 billion in fossil fuels since Paris Agreement

Big Shift Global – Research Papers Calling for an end to public financing of fossil fuels and a shift to investing in sustainable, renewable energy to provide energy access for all World Bank provides assistance and finance for fossils despite climate pledge Energy transition too slow to avert climate crisis… Read more

Portland General Electric to close only coal-fired power plant in Oregon

Congratulations to the state of Oregon on the announcement of closing its only coal-fired plant! Gratitude to all the community members who worked diligently towards this result. Many thanks to the Sierra Club and it’s Oregon Chapter for their dedication towards this important win.  Updated Oct 15, 2020; Posted Oct 15,… Read more

The Role of Environmental and Spiritual Ethics in Galvanizing Nature Based Solutions – UNEP Report

Faith for Nature: Multi-Faith Action was a global event October 5-8, 2020 designed to lay the foundation for inter-faith collaboration for sustainable and regenerative development to achieve the SDGs. Center for Earth Ethics director, Karenna Gore participated. The concept and objectives of this conference were coordinated to be in support… Read more

Deep Water Mining – What’s really going on in our Oceans?

“The world is too tragic for naive optimism” – Cornel West The coronavirus has spurred a number of recovery plans including from the World Bank and the Democrats, and the European Union all of which keep the climate and sustainability at the forefront. Threaded through all of them is the… Read more

U.S. Faith-Based Coalition Calls on World Bank to Take Climate Action in the Time of COVID

Washington, D.C. – A coalition of faith-based organizations in the United States will launch a campaign tomorrow in support of Big Shift, a global effort calling on the World Bank to end all support for fossil fuels and shift investment to renewable energy access in the time of COVID-19 and beyond.… Read more