CEE - Climate / Energy / Environment

Mission Statement: The mission of the Climate, Energy and Environment (CEE) Committee of COIN is to support 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.


Call To Action

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.

And check out the group's latest Call To Action to contact the powers that be and urge them to act before it's too late. If we all make a few phone calls or write a few letters, we can make a difference!