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Dear Colleague,
 
At last month’s Global Climate Action Summit, sub-national delegates from across the country and around the world came together to advance climate solutions in the United States and beyond. While several bold announcements were made, more must be done to bridge our societal and partisan divides that inhibit progress on climate solutions. Midterm elections are next month, and with them Americans have the opportunity to vote for solutions candidates. Find out what ecoAmerica is doing to inspire voting on climate solutions, including issuing our October Talking Points on voting and climate change, in this October eUpdate.
 The biggest takeaway for me is that individuals and journalists seeking to overcome partisan biases need to drop the ‘Republicans say this and Democrats say that’ language from their discussion of policy. [This helps people focus on] the substance of the issues rather than in terms of the personalized, dramatized political fights.”

— Dannagal Young, Communications Psychologist, University of Deleware

Feature Articles

A Majority of Americans Would Vote for a Climate Candidate: American Climate Perspectives Survey

The wrath of Hurricane Florence, with the highest ever rainfall on the East Coast, is still unfolding while Hurricane Michael slams the Southeast. Climate advocates are rightly pointing out that climate change exacerbated the storms. Americans are experiencing climate change more dramatically and frequently, but is it influencing attitudes going into the November election? Democrats hope to flip the House, Republicans want to maintain it. Could either party embrace climate as an issue to garner support? ecoAmerica set out to determine these answers in the October American Climate Perspectives Survey, Climate as a Voting Issue, Part 2.
October Talking Points: Talking About Voting and Climate Change

News coverage is saturated with the November 2018 elections, and you are likely to be getting drawn into related discussions. If you care about climate change, and want to persuade people to vote on it, you’ll need to be thoughtful and careful. You can be definitive without causing conflict. You can also be persuasive and at the same time acknowledge that climate may not be someone’s top voting priority. Our October Talking Points, "Talking about Voting and Climate Change", will help you speak with family, friends, and colleagues. Click here to download.
New Video: Addressing Climate Change Impacts with the National Environmental Health Association
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program have created a video showcasing our partnership through depicting NEHA members’ success stories addressing climate change impacts. Environmental health professionals and members of NEHA’s Climate Change Committee share their inspiring stories addressing strategies for adaptation, mitigation at the community level, and strong coalitions and collaborations. Click here to watch our recent video. 
Call to Action on Climate and Health at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco

On September 12, dozens of leading health organizations representing more than five million doctors, nurses and public health professionals, and 17,000 hospitals, in more than 120 countries announced commitments and unveiled a Call to Action on Climate and Health aimed at accelerating stronger advocacy and action in addressing climate change — the greatest health threat of the 21st century. The commitments, endorsed by ecoAmerica and our Climate for Health program, were made as part of the Global Climate and Health Forum at the University of California, San Francisco, an affiliate event to the Global Climate Action Summit.
Florence, Maria, and Me: Extending our Thoughts, Prayers, and Climate Action — ecoAmerica Blog

“Our hearts go out to the people affected by hurricane Florence, and the people of Puerto Rico who are still suffering one year after Hurricane Maria. These tragic events have impacted millions of us, and even more so our vulnerable populations including children, the elderly, people with compromised health, and disadvantaged communities.” Keep reading

Partner News

Children's Health Month

The third annual Children’s Environmental Health Day was on October 11, 2018. Climate for Health is a CEH Day partner. Click here to download the Blueprint for Protecting Children's Environmental Health: An Urgent Call to Action to read the recommendations and priority actions needed to protect children's health.
American College of Sports Medicine Announces Formal Partnership with ecoAmerica

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced a formal partnership with Climate for Health to empower better health outcomes for Americans and our climate. “We do our part to make active lifestyles accessible to everyone,” said Jim Whitehead, ACSM CEO and executive vice president. “Together with ecoAmerica, we can help Americans care for their health and our climate through active transport.” Read the full press release here, and click here to watch our partnership video.
National Nursing Organizations Commit to Climate Action

As trusted health professionals, nurses are urgently needed to act and advocate for solutions that address the health impacts of climate change. Climate for Health joined with eleven other national nursing organizations at a historic gathering to discuss how together we can elevate the nursing voice in response to this serious health threat. Read the joint statement here
Utah Cities and Mayors Call for Utah to Lead on Climate Solutions

Mayors and elected officials of Utah, including Path to Positive Utah signatories, are calling for climate leadership in Utah in a recent Op-Ed, "When it comes to climate solutions, there's nothing like what Utah can offer." It calls for leaders to work together to advance thoughtful, bipartisan policy solutions to address the risks of climate change. “There are not enough examples of Americans coming together to discuss climate change and creatively forging solutions. There are not enough examples like what Utah can offer,” the article states. Read the full article here.
Let's Talk Faith and Climate Webinar with The Episcopal Church, October 3

The Episcopal Church has partnered with ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program to provide training for people of faith based off of ecoAmerica’s, “Let’s Talk Faith and Climate: Communications Guidance for Faith Leaders.” This webinar equips participants with knowledge and resources to speak confidently on climate change and its solutions. Speakers include Melanie Mullen, Director of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care, The Episcopal Church, and ecoAmerica’s Meighen Speiser and Ani Fête Crews. Watch the recorded webinar here.
Statement on the IPCC Special Report from The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health issued this statement in response to the release of a report this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change titled “Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C,” which warned of the profound dangers to human and environmental health from the current trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. “This is a future worth fighting for, which is precisely what doctors across America and the world are going to do.” Read the full statement here.
"What Trees Teach Us about Life, Death, and Resurrection" from Christianity Today Magazine

“I’ve always loved trees. I love their look, their shade, the sound of wind in their leaves, and the taste of every fruit they produce. As a grade-schooler, I first planted trees with my father and grandfather. I’ve been planting them ever since. Once, as I was training to become a doctor, my wife and I tree-lined the whole street where we lived. But a dozen years ago, when I offered to plant trees at our church, one of the pastors told me I had the theology of a tree-hugger. This was not meant as a compliment.” Keep reading
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