CEE - Climate / Energy / Environment
Mission Statement: The mission of the Climate, Energy and Environment (CEE) Committee of COIN is to advocate for policies and programs at the state, federal and local levels that promote environmental sustainability.
History: CEE was launched in early 2017 as a committee of the newly formed Portland-based Indivisible group, One Small Thing PDX. In early 2021, One Small Thing PDX merged with another local Indivisible group, Indivisible 97201, to become Act for Democracy (A4D). Activists from other Oregon Indivisible groups who shared our commitment to advancing climate, energy, and environmental sustainability began to join CEE as new members. In February 2022, CEE was invited and agreed to become an official committee of the Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN), comprised of over 40 local Indivisible groups across Oregon. We welcome new members to the CEE Committee from individuals who are affiliated with other Oregon Indivisible groups.
Background: We support policies and programs that address the climate crisis, defend and preserve the natural world, and advance clean and renewable energy options as alternatives to fossil fuels. We are guided by an environmental and economic justice lens that incorporates diversity, inclusion, transparency, and democratic principles.
Examples of recent actions taken by CEE that reflect our mission statement include:
Advocating for local, state, and national legislation, regulations, and policies that address the climate crisis, promote clean and sustainable energy options, and preserve the forests, waterways, and other natural resources.
Supporting the candidacy of progressive lawmakers at the local, state, and national levels with agendas that are consistent with our mission.
Advocating for polices to prevent the extinction of native salmon and steelhead fish such as the removal of the Lower Snake River Dams.
Promoting sensible forest management practices that preserve our mature Oregon forests threatened by wildfire and exploitative timber extraction.
The CEE Team meets by Zoom on the first Thursday of each month from 2-4 pm.
We welcome new members who are interested in supporting our mission. Please complete our survey if you're interested in joining the CEE Team.
Postcard campaign to President Biden
Seeking Breaching of the Lower Snake River Dams
to Save the Salmon and Orca
April 6 - April 17, 2023
The COIN Lower Snake River Dam Team is working together with the Great Old Broads for Wilderness on a postcard campaign to reach President Biden at this critical time for the Lower Snake River Dams.
President Biden has a unique opportunity to breach the dams in response to a lawsuit, National Wildlife Federation v. National Marine Fisheries Service, which is pending in Federal Court in Oregon. Settlement negotiations are currently taking place. President Biden can turn the tide and include dam breaching in a settlement.
We are asking COIN members to send a scenic or local postcard between April 6 and April 17 to President Biden to influence him to do the right thing; breach the four lower Snake River dams and recover salmon, steelhead and orca populations, restore the ecosystem of the Columbia River Basin, and begin to uphold indigenous people’s rights.
These messages all focus on the many aspects of breaching the Lower Snake River Dams. Please pick at least one, or send more if you can! Follow up with a phone call to the White House at 202-456-1111 for bonus points!
Click here for instructions and 26 prepared messages for postcards or phone calls!
Breaching the Lower Snake River Dams
The "DAM" team of CEE is focusing on educating the public about the need to breech the four Lower Snake River Dams (LSRDs) as soon as possible to save the Snake River salmon and steelhead, as well as many organisms that depend on them, from extinction. To that end, the group hosted a COINversation in June that included a screening of the documentary Dammed to Extinction followed by an expert panel discussion. You can watch the panel discussion by clicking on the YouTube video to the left. The documentary can be rented on Amazon or Vimeo. It's well worth the rental cost to view this amazing film by two northwest filmmakers.
Opposing Factory Farms
More information coming soon!
Opposing Proposed Goldendale Energy Storage Facility
More information coming soon!