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Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN)

The Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, DC) and the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam), works in partnership with citizens groups globally on environment and development issues with a particular focus on climate change, energy, gender equity, and economic issues.
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733-15th St., NW, Suite 1020
Washington , DC 20005
Contact Person: Daphne Wysham
Phone: 202-234-9382
Fax: 202-387-7915
E-Mail: dwysham@seen.org
Website: http://www.seen.org

Detailed Information:
SEEN views climate change as a serious, emerging threat to the stability of the planet's ecosystems, and a particular threat to the world's poorest people. SEEN also views climate change as an unprecedented opportunity to reorient energy-related investments, using them to provide abundant, clean, safe energy for human needs.

The challenge of climate change is: to steer the globe, and particularly the financial investments of the wealthy countries, away from support for fossil fuels and toward support for energy efficiency and renewable energy; to provide the resources for the energy needs of the poorest, North and South, and to strive to meet those energy needs using renewable energy resources and non-renewable energy efficiently; and to ensure the poorest are protected from present and future unjust costs associated with climate change and an inevitable transition away from fossil fuels.

To meet the challenge, SEEN works to marshall the wisdom of the people most directly impacted by energy and climate issues--from rural Appallachia to village India to the rainforests of the Amazon--in finding and advancing solutions to climate change that are both equitable and sustainable. (For example see Oilwatch Declaration and Nigerian Divestment platform)

SEEN also provides information resources to a global network of citizens groups, non-governmental organizations, government officials, and the media. Our research focuses on investments made by international financial institutions and government agencies in developing countries and economies in transition--where the largest energy investments will be made in coming decades--as well as in economically disadvantaged regions of the U.S.

SEEN views U.S. action on climate change to be of critical importance. To this end, SEEN is working with communities in coal-bearing regions of the United States in advancing a solution to climate change that provides people in these communities with the resources necessary for a just transition to a sustainable economy.

In addition to sharing information resources and advocacy work, SEEN is working with village women in rural India to develop the "Women's Power Project," a model of sustainable development that incorporates women's empowerment, renewable energy, forest regeneration, and micro enterprise.

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