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When we examine the impact of how the media depicts climate change, we find frequent reports of individuals who sense that the problem is beyond their control. In fact, Media and Climate Change Observatory founder Max Boykoff identifies a trend of daily fear, misery, and doom, which leaves readers feeling hopeless. Thus, it’s important for us to examine how we share and publish climate stories. Americans are moving steadily toward a sustainable future that benefits people and communities, despite rollbacks on climate policy. Meaningful climate solutions are within reach, and thousands of individuals are already working to cut energy use, use more renewables, and reduce waste. Together, we can get more people involved in the climate change conversation. Find out how ecoAmerica supports climate action and advocacy through our tools, resources, and stories that magnify hopeful solutions in this month’s eUpdate.
 “The threats posed to humans, polar bears and entire
ecosystems are recounted on a daily basis, leading to what researchers call a 'hope gap’.”

Feature Articles

NEW Talking Points: Caring for Our Climate and Our Children

As we move into summer, many Americans look forward to spending time in nature with their children and families. Summer can be a relief from homework and tests, but it can also be a season when children experience greater health issues from our changing climate. Increased heat stress, decreased air quality, more intense or prolonged allergy seasons, influxes of ticks and other pests, not to mention severe weather events all impact children. June’s Talking Points focus on some of the most climate-vulnerable Americans — our children. Here's a first look at our June Talking Points.
June American Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary

Our June American Climate Perspectives Survey is based off of our Mid-Year Summary, and synthesizes key data points and trends from our most recent research. Find out what conclusions we’ve drawn so far this year from learning about people’s opinions and attitudes about climate, as well as the perceived benefits and solutions. See our summary here.
Register Now! "Moving Forward" Guide Webinar

ecoAmerica, along with partners including the National League of Cities, Local Government Commission, and Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is releasing Moving Forward: Your Guide to Building Momentum on Climate Solutions in Your Community. This guide is geared toward civic leaders in smaller and mid-size communities who want to lead on climate and sustainability and seek the resources to act, including guidance on how to best engage residents by using clear, positive, inclusive and relevant messages. If you are a mayor, local government official, business or community leader committed to sustainable energy and climate solutions that benefit communities at the local level, this guide is for you. Register for the preview webinar on June 28th here.
National Children's Health and Climate Leadership Forum
in Itasca, IL at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Headquarters

The National Children’s Health and Climate Leadership Forum on October 3rd, organized by ecoAmerica and the American Academy of Pediatrics, will bring together leaders from key national organizations within and beyond health, for a day-long forum including panels, working sessions, and networking. The forum will provide context and develop priorities and plans for children’s health and climate solutions. For more information on this invitation-only event, including partnership opportunities, please contact Ashley Lane.
Path to Positive Utah Leadership Circle Members Introduce Climate Change Resolution

In an important step forward in the climate conversation, Utah passed a legislative resolution on environmental and economic stewardship. Representatives Becky Edwards and Joel Briscoe, who are Path to Positive Utah Leaders, led the legislative effort, which was supported by P2P Utah businesses. Read the CNN feature here.
Featured Blog: NEHA Member's Climate and Health Awareness: Challenges, Growth, and Solutions
by Christine Ortiz Gumina, MPH and Vanessa T. DeArman

"Addressing climate change can be overwhelming and daunting. However, NEHA and its Climate Change Program are up for the challenge. NEHA is meeting this task through its climate change website, which offers climate and health resources addressing: air quality, built environment, food security/food safety, and emergency response. These resources are recommended by NEHA’s Climate Change Committee and ecoAmerica." Keep reading.

Partner News

New Webinar: NEHA and ecoAmerica: A Sneak-Peek at Two AEC Climate and Health Sessions
Did you miss our webinar with National Environmental Health Association? You can still watch the recorded webinar online. Watch it here and get excited for the Climate Change track at the NEHA Annual Educational Conference on June 25-28. Register for the conference here
New Board Members
Peggy Knudson
Peggy Knudson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ecoAmerica’s board and a deep understanding of the organization’s strategies and goals. From 2014-2018, she served as ecoAmerica’s VP of Development, where she was responsible for raising a total budget of $4M. As a member of ecoAmerica’s Executive Management Team, she also helped shape the organization’s overall strategy. Ms. Knudson is currently Chief Development Officer at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, D.C. Read more.
Alan Chung
Alan Chung was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Perka, Inc. Mr. Chung is a Serial Entrepreneur with thirty years of experience creating software companies. Mr. Chung is also an active angel investor and startup mentor. He served as the CEO of Zenbe, an email suite that reinvented web-based email. Zenbe was acquired by Facebook. Prior to Zenbe, he founded iAmaze, a pioneering developer of cutting edge Javascript applications. iAmaze was acquired by AOL in 2000. Read more.
Fern Ingber
Fern Ingber has a broad-based background encompassing organizational design, leadership development and strategic planning. As founding President & CEO of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF), Ms. Ingber created the organization’s initial strategic plan. NCOHF reaches two million vulnerable children annually. Prior to establishing NCOHF, Ms. Ingber served as Senior Vice-President of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, engaging municipal, corporate and university partnerships. Read more.
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