Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow
A student run environmental group led by National Director Bill Gilles, the Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow offers college students an opportunity to acquire knowledge, gain experience and get involved in making a difference on important environmental policy matters both on and off campus.
Through Collegian chapters, students are able to gain internships, meet influential leaders, and even travel around the world to participate in important international meetings. CFACT’s Collegians program is developing the next generation of Americans to advocate market solutions, promote economic growth, counter junk-science, and become good stewards of the environment — all while teaching them invaluable lessons such as leadership through service to others.
From New York to Oregon, CFACT Collegians can be found handing out literature, taking survey’s, cleaning up roadsides and river fronts, sponsoring lectures and debates and hosting speakers such as ABC newsman John Stossel, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, and noted climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels. Through these activities and more they are asking the tough questions and challenging others on their college campuses to re-think many crucial issues. Find out more about this distinctive nationwide program by visiting the Collegians’ website at cfactcampus.org.
“I want to thank CFACT for giving me the opportunity to travel to South Africa and be a part of the U.N. World Summit. It was a life-changing experience and hopefully, because of my experiences there, I will be able to change the lives of others. I learned more in 10 days about environmental issues, politics, the U.N., and people than I could in any classroom or textbook. I can’t wait to participate more both with CFACT and environmental policy!” – Kristin Meyer, University of Minnesota
“It’s not too often that you get to be briefed at the State Department in Washington, D.C., and then a few days later march with a group of impoverished farmers from Africa seeking greater economic freedom. Thanks, CFACT, for making this the trip of a lifetime.”- Brent Purviance, University of Wisconsin
CFACT Europe was founded in 2004 and carries CFACT’s vision to conferences, seminars, and government meetings throughout the European Union. In 2005, CFACT Europe presented its views on free-market environmentalism during the Second European Resource Bank Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2006, CFACT Europe organized and sponsored a lecture of East German civil rights activist and writer Mrs. Freya Klier in Jena, Germany. In 2007, CFACT Europe was the proud co-sponsor of the first alternative, free-market oriented conference on climate change in Berlin, Germany.
CFACT Europe also translates and publishes thought-provoking books that advocate market-oriented environmental policies. Recently, the group published a German edition of Paul Driessen’s “Eco-Imperialism: Green Power -Black Death” and followed up by printing and distributing “Eco-Nihilism: A Critique of Political Ecology” by German environment expert and writer Edgar L. Gaertner. Both books achieved robust sales and were widely reported in the German, Swiss and Austrian media.
In 2005, CFACT began work on an international, free-market environmental and humanitarian development project to help improve the lives of those in the developing world suffering from the ravages of poverty and environmental degradation. The Adopt-A-Village project maintains this premise: even the world’s poorest can make strides toward prosperity when given the opportunity— especially if treated as partners so their dreams can be turned into realities.
CFACT seeks to accomplish its objective by initiating “social entrepreneurship” – a process which seeks to identify and empower men and women in local communities to devise their own plans for economic growth and environmental protection, and then join with them as partners in service. CFACT meets with businessmen, academics, clergy, politicians and other local leaders to initiate the dynamic and positive changes that need to be undertaken. And by fostering the means to build essential infrastructure to enhance economic opportunities, CFACT believes villagers will soon experience increased productivity, stability and a sense of self-worth.
In 2005, CFACT jumpstarted this outreach project when it conducted a food-distribution effort in the tiny village the Valle Verde just outside Cancún, Mexico. Today, the Committee is expanding the project to reach other new villages in Africa. The Adopt-A Village project differs from UN efforts at sustainability in that it does not rely on a top-down, bureaucratic approach to solving problems. Rather, by empowering people, who are the world’s greatest environmental resource, and by pursing policies that maximize private property and personal freedom, CFACT believes that productivity, prosperity, and prolificacy are possible not just for people, but for all the earth’s inhabitants.
Global Social Responsibility Program
The objective of CFACT’s Global Social Responsibility Program is to educate the public that true “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) reflects the ethical pursuit of profits earned by meeting societal needs for jobs, goods, services, energy, food, health, environmental quality, innovation and prosperity.
This program is directed by CFACT’s Senior Policy Advisor, Paul Driessen. It reflects CFACT’s belief that more attention should be paid to standards of ethics and “global social responsibility” for all organizations (for-profit and not-for-profit alike) and for all public policies, to ensure that they do not harm poor families and communities in the single-minded pursuit of solutions to exaggerated or hypothetical environmental or public health concerns.
CFACT’s Global Social Responsibility initiative also features a “Sustainability and CSR Conference Program” that can help businesses and associations demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility by educating company executives about an array of significant environmental topics. The unique presentation format of this conference program relies on a CFACT panel chairman and two or three additional experts to present informative subject matter on relevant issues, and then relates that material directly to the interests and concerns of the host group by including prepared responses from representatives of that association.
Just the Facts Radio Commentary
Since 1993, CFACT has been consistently educating the public through their original national radio commentary called Just the Facts aired daily on over 120 radio stations across the country. The purpose behind these short informational radio announcements is to explain to the relevance of science to everyday life and its impact on public policy. Listen to past shows online on our website or sign up to receive radio shows by contacting us.