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Earthworks

Earthworks' Mission

Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.

Earthworks stands for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.

How We Work

We fulfill our mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption.

We expose the health, environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of mining and energy extraction through work informed by sound science.

 
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1612 K Street NW, Suite 808
20006 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Divest Harvard

Spearheaded by Harvard Students for a Just and Stable Future, Divest Harvard calls upon Harvard University to:

  • immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuel companies 
  • immediately divest direct holdings (currently $19.6 million) from the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies
  • divest indirect holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies within 5 years, and reinvest in socially responsible funds.

Global warming has already begun to take its toll on our communities. Hurricane Sandy’s devastating power, the scorching drought across the Midwest, and the wildfires that raged through Colorado last year demonstrate the damage that global warming can cause to our society and economy.

Higher education institutions like Harvard exist as investments in the future for their students and their countries. Yet, while investing in our future, Harvard simultaneously invests its $36.4 billion endowment–the largest University endowment in the world–in corporations that threaten our future and that of our planet by causing the climate crisis.

We are targeting the top 200 publicly traded fossil fuel corporations for two reasons. First, these corporations are largely responsible for political gridlock that impedes the passage of climate legislation. Through divestment, we aim to highlight the rogue status of the fossil fuel industry and rebrand them as social pariahs. Secondly, 80% of global carbon must be kept in the ground in order to limit global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius (the upper warming limit set by the UN). The share prices of public fossil fuel corporations are inflated by illusion that all of their reserves will be burned and become profit. But this scenario is incompatible with any hope for the future of our planet. When government regulation limits fossil fuel use, fossil fuel companies will need to leave their reserves in the ground, thereby devaluing their share price. Harvard thus puts its endowment at risk by investing in fossil fuel corporations.

Harvard has stood for centuries as a beacon of knowledge, discovery, and service and should not put its long-term survival at risk for small short-term gains. Investing in fossil fuel corporations jeopardizes Harvard institutional resilience and integrity as well as the future of its students. To maintain intellectual consistency and live up to the values that it promotes, Harvard must divest.

Divest Harvard is supported by SJSF community partners Better Future Project and 350.org.

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Clean Energy Action

Clean Energy Action… Accelerating the transition to a post-fossil-fuel world built on clean energy
by educating citizens on the impacts of fossil fuel use and on clean energy options
…by supporting data-driven, informed action in coal-reliant states
…by conducting and disseminating research on coal supplies and utilities
…by envisioning the integrated renewable energy future

Clean Energy Action is based in Boulder, Colorado and works at the local, state and national level to accelerate the transition to the post-fossil fuel world based on clean energy.

CEA aims to achieve its goals through “Citizen Power by inspiring, training,and empowering citizens to advocate for decreased reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear power, and through increased reliance on clean energy such as energy efficiency and renewable power.

CEA was co-founded in 2005 in opposition to the construction of Colorado’s newest coal plant, “Comanche 3″ in Pueblo, Colorado by Alison Burchell, Dan Friedlander and Leslie Glustrom, who are winners of numerous awards for protection of the environment.  Since then CEA has cultivated a team of empowered citizens from many walks of life to challenge continued reliance on coal-based energy by stressing data-driven research, coalition building, and a  focus on positive solutions.

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PO Box 1399
80306 Boulder , CO
United States
Colorado US
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Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)

MISSION

The Center for Social Inclusion works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. We work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive no matter our race or ethnicity.

VISION

Our vision is to translate America’s changing demographics into a new source of power and prosperity for a society where all people can participate in solutions that help us all thrive.

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150 Broadway, Suite 303
10038 New York , NY
United States
New York US
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California Student Sustainability Coalition

What is CSSC?

The California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) is a broad network of student sustainability organizations throughout the state. Managed and coordinated by students and recent alumni, we strive to implement policies and programs at various institutional levels that enhance the three key components of sustainability: ecology, economy and equity.

Why is CSSC important?

CSSC provides a platform for driving institutional change and a forum for networking and sharing best practices. CSSC is also a community of student activists who support one another both directly and indirectly. CSSC members develop personal leadership, skills, and direction. CSSC is an inclusive organization and finds strength in diversity. Like the Swedish proverb, CSSC members believe that shared pain is half pain and shared joy is double joy.

History

Founded in 2003, CSSC was founded by students running a Greenpeace UC Go Solar campaign. The result of the campaign was a commitment to solar energy, which CSSC helped expand to the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices. This policy is arguably the largest, most-comprehensive policy of its kind, and CSSC continues advocate for stronger standards. It has affected billions of dollars spent in the UC system. In 2003, CSSC gained fiscal sponsorship with the Earth Island Institute, giving it non-profit status. Major early programs included the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) and The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). ESLP is a student-run lecture series that dynamically teaches cutting-edge and traditional sustainability theories and applications. ESLP has enrolled thousands of students over the last decade. TGIF is a student-supported sustainability project fund, driving student innovation and practical experience on campuses. TGIF is active at eight campuses with more than $1 million allocated per year statewide. CSSC’s Foods Initiative and a national network of allies launched the Real Food Challenge (RFC) on 300+ campuses nation-wide. RFC aims to shift $1 billion in food production, distribution, and consumption on college campuses in the US. In 2007, CSSC wrote and adopted the first iteration of the current charter and partnered with Energy Action Coalition (EAC) for the Campus Climate Challenge campaign. Also in 2007, CSSC ramped up convergences, and since the Fall 2007 convergence at Berkeley there have been 100+ attendees at twice-yearly convergences. CSSC currently averages ~300 attendees per convergence. In 2011, CSSC began the Coal Divestment campaign with EAC. This campaign expanded to the Fossil Free campaign in 2012, partnering with 350.org and others. CSSC has continually partnered with EAC as the lead organizer for higher education in California for Powershift in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

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United States
California US
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C2C Fellows

C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Capitol, to City Hall, and to Corporation. C2C Fellows recognize that stabilizing the climate is not the work of a year, of a presidential term, or of a decade. It is the work of a generation. C2C Fellows is designed to engage students and recent graduates who have leadership ambition, and provide them knowledge, skills, courage, and a powerful, ongoing network, to help lead a global revolution. 

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China and the US offer momentum to climate action ahead of COP20

Wednesday, November 12, 2014: The tabling of national climate action commitments by the world's two major polluters, the US and China, adds welcome momentum to what will amount to our first steps in unison down a low carbon development pathway that brings us closer to a phase out fossil fuel pollution in favour of 100% renewable energy.  

Other countries should see these "game-changing" announcements by the US and China as a strong signal of commitment to the collective international effort to act on climate change as they prepare their own national plans. 

The US and China's announcement comes hot on the heels of the EU's 2030 climate target which means that countries representing more than half the world's GDP have outlined their first offers which will form the foundation of a comprehensive, global agreement to limit climate change due in Paris in December 2015. 

Of course, to take advantage of all the benefits that climate action can deliver, such as better public health, more jobs and stronger economies, China and the US can both do more. To more quickly speed up the on-going transition to renewable energy,  China can, for example, work to peak its coal consumption by 2020, while the US can put money on the table at the Green Climate Fund pledging conference next week, allowing developing countries to boost their own action. Such steps will further build confidence in national capitals as they build their own climate action plans. 

In addition, with the international community still working out the parameters of the Paris agreement, the US and China - along with all countries -  need to factor in the need to review the collective pledges once they are in order that they can be assessed for fairness and scaled up to meet the agreed threshold beyond which the climate will spin out of control. 

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org

Contact:  Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

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Faith in Place

Our Vision:
At Faith in Place we believe in housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. But even if we do all those things, and love our brothers and sisters with our whole heart, it will not matter, if we neglect the ecological conditions of our beautiful and fragile planet. 

Our Mission:
Faith in Place inspires religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through connection, education, and advocacy. 

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70 E. Lake Street
60601 Chicago , IL
United States
Illinois US
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International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is a global non-profit helping animals and people thrive together. We are experts and everyday people, working across seas, oceans, and in more than 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals, and we restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems we’re up against are urgent and complicated. To solve them, we match fresh thinking with bold action. We partner with local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations, and businesses. Together, we pioneer new and innovative ways to help all species flourish.

See how at ifaw.org.

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290 Summer Street
02675 Yarmouth Port , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
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Mickey Leland Center for Environment Justice and Sustainability

The Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice and Sustainability (MLCEJS) (the Center) at Texas Southern University (TSU) is a university-community center that conducts community research, analyzes policy, and designs innovative program practices and community initiatives. Its goal is to cultivate leadership that addresses environmental and health challenges and is responsive to populations/communities at greatest risk. The Center brings together the expertise of its staff and faculty; the passion of students; and knowledge and needs of the impacted communities.  The intended outcome is to advance education, training, research, and practice of environmental justice, health equity and sustainability. The Center has four major components: (1) Education and Training, (2) Research and Policy Analysis, (3) Community Engagement and Technical Support, and (4) Information Clearinghouse. 

We provide technical assistance and support services on a range of environmental justice, transportation equity, fair/smart growth, and related issues to at least five low-income and people of color groups.  Assistance is provided to community groups that are affected by adverse environmental health conditions by linking them with appropriate institutions, professional associations, planning organizations, legal, media, and other relevant resources.  A major element of the Center includes synthesizing research from multiple disciplines, including environmental scientists, social/behavioral scientists, urban planners, health professionals, and public policy experts to solve today’s environmental problems—with a special emphasis on environmental and sustainability challenges of low-wealth and people of color communities

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3100 Cleburne Street
77004 Houston , TX
United States
Texas US
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