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Dear Colleague,
 
While the past few weeks have delivered alarming information about climate change, including these two separate New York Times articles, midterms show a dramatic increase in concern about climate and the environment among voters. We have the technology, resources and policies we need to solve climate change. We just need to continue to rapidly scale up public engagement and political will. See what ecoAmerica is thankful for in this month’s eUpdate.


Bob Perkowitz, President
 If you can show people that climate solutions are consistent with who they are, then all of a sudden people realize, ‘I don't need a whole other set of values to care about climate change.’ That's when you know you've succeeded — when people take ownership of it for themselves.”

— Katherine Hayhoe, Director, Texas Tech University's Climate Science Center

Feature Articles

American Climate Leadership Summit 2019 — Register Today!

Please join us for the 8th Annual American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS19) — “Breakthrough,” on May 1-2, 2019 in Washington, DC. ACLS19 will offer inspiring keynotes, cutting-edge information, and opportunities to collaborate with 500 diverse leaders in health, faith, local and federal government, culture, environment, education, business, justice, media and more on breakthroughs for climate action and advocacy. 

Initial ACLS19 speakers include:
  • Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-RI), U.S. Senate
  • Vanessa Hauc, Senior Correspondent, Noticias Telemundo
  • Dr. Joseph Romm, Founding Editor, Climate Progress
Find the Summit program and more here. For host and sponsorship inquiries or to request an invite, please contact Ashley Lane at summit@ecoAmerica.org
New Research: 72% of Americans say Climate Solutions Should be a Higher Priority

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their special report last month outlining scenarios and preventative measures to maintain a habitable world. Few Americans, though, are aware of the report, but they are concerned. ecoAmerica analyzed how Americans are responding to the report in its November 2018 American Climate Perspectives Survey. See the findings here
Announcing Phil Sharp, New Chair, ecoAmerica Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that Phil Sharp has been elected as Chair of ecoAmerica’s Board of Directors. Sharp, who served ten terms as a U.S. Congressman from Indiana, will help lead ecoAmerica’s shift toward activating its large network of national health organizations, faith denominations, and local communities in climate action and advocacy. ecoAmerica’s outgoing Board Chair, Frank Loy, led the organization through a tremendous growth phase into the health, faith and local community sectors and will remain on the board. Keep reading.
New! Blessed Tomorrow Carbon Offset Program

America’s faith communities want to care for God’s creation and are ready to act on climate solutions. To help them, ecoAmerica is pleased to announce the launch of the Blessed Tomorrow Carbon Offset Program, created in collaboration with Cool Effect. The congregational offset calculator empowers houses of worship to offset annual carbon emissions, and Cool Effect also enables congregants to offset their individual emissions. While ecoAmerica encourages practices that first allow places of worship to reduce their energy use and switch to clean energy, the Blessed Tomorrow Carbon Offset Program provides a simple yet powerful way for congregations to zero out their annual carbon impact for a year. Click here to find out more about the program. 
Featured Blog: Serving Up Climate Conversations for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with loved ones, feast, and be thankful. Given the many extreme weather events that happened this year, it’s very possible that a friend or family member was impacted.  If you want to talk about climate this Thanksgiving, don’t despair, prepare! Watch the video and read our featured blog to find out how
Give to ecoAmerica on this Giving Tuesday

As you consider your end-of-the-year philanthropic giving, please consider ecoAmerica! Giving Tuesday is a perfect opportunity to donate. Help us continue to bring you useful research and resources and to expand diverse climate leadership, advocacy and action within and beyond faith, health and local communities nationwide. Click here to donate.  

Partner News

“Cool Harvest Low Carbon Thanksgiving Guide” from Interfaith Power & Light

Thanksgiving honors all that we are grateful for, including the bounty of God’s creation. The “Cool Harvest Low Carbon Thanksgiving Guide,” provided by Interfaith Power and Light, addresses multiple ways we can celebrate while lowering our carbon footprint. Click here to download the guide.
ecoAmerica Presents at Presbyterian Church USA Retreat

In partnership with Blessed Tomorrow, the Presbyterian Church (USA) gathered nearly 40 regional church leaders and hunger advocates on October 24th from across the US to address root causes of hunger, with a special emphasis on climate change. The training served as a retreat for leaders to strengthen communication strategies, share experiences, and identify actions to implement in their respective jurisdictions. ecoAmerica’s Meighen Speiser and Ani Fête Crews led trainings on climate communications, climate solutions, and held a small focus group on the opportunities for cross-sector engagement with faith communities. Each participant committed to lead climate-related activities as part of their 2019 programming, which Blessed Tomorrow will support through the ongoing partnership.
ecoAmerica Leads Let’s Talk Communities and Climate Workshop

On November 8th, Contra Costa County and ecoAmerica convened 60 local government leaders for a half-day workshop on climate communications. ecoAmerica led the workshop, covering guidance from Let’s Talk Communities and Climate and practical exercises to warm up to communicating on climate. Participants then worked in small, topical working groups to collaborate on applying the guidance to case studies. 
New Leadership Circle Members
Elizabeth Lee, Blessed Tomorrow
Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee serves as United Methodist Women’s Executive for Economic and Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Lead. Her primary area of work is around advancing climate justice with members, church, and society, through trainings, program development, partnerships, corporate engagement, advocacy, and solidarity. Her approach to climate justice is through gender, human rights, and theological analyses. Prior to UMW, Liz served as the Director for Young Adult Mission Service at Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.  Keep reading.
John Auerbach, Climate for Health
John Auerbach is president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). As such he oversees TFAH’s work to promote sound public health policy and make disease prevention a national priority. Over the course of a 30-year career he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels. As Associate Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) he oversaw policy and the agency’s collaborative efforts with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, commercial payers, and large health systems. Keep reading. 
Charlotte Brody, Climate for Health
Charlotte Brody is a registered nurse, the mother of two sons, and vice president for Health Initiatives of the BlueGreen Alliance. She has led a Planned Parenthood affiliate and been among the founders of the Brown Lung Association, Health Care Without Harm, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Green for All and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Keep reading. 
Lori Freeman, Climate for Health
Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), effective May 1, 2018. Prior to joining NACCHO, Ms. Freeman served as the CEO of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) since 2014 where she was responsible for ensuring the success of all AMCHP’s operations. Keep reading. 
Lexi Shultz, Climate for Health
Lexi Shultz is a senior policy specialist with extensive experience in strategic communications and grassroots campaigns as well as a broad knowledge of environmental, climate, and energy policy and science. Shultz currently serves as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the American Geophysical Union (AGU), where she develops strategy and implements initiatives to shape policy and inform society about Earth and space science. Keep reading. 
New ecoAmerica Staff
Fiona Lanigan, Assistant to the President
Prior to joining ecoAmerica, Fiona worked with FINCA International as an Employee Engagement and Human Resources Intern. She received her Master of Arts specializing in gender and sexuality studies from Dublin City University and a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Social Policy and Sociology from University College Dublin. Keep reading
Robert Wool, Marketing & Events Intern
Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Robert holds a master’s degree in Strategic Communications from American University and has experience in a variety of fields, including journalism and international project management. When he’s away from the office, he can be found exploring the great forests and beaches of Northern California. Keep reading.
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