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Dear Colleague,

Many regions across America experienced the hottest, driest, or wettest summers on record. The trends of climate change are dire, and heightened concern can often lead to fear and hopelessness. Fortunately, Americans are preparing to move climate action forward with their votes in the upcoming midterm elections. In our September American Climate Perspectives Survey, ecoAmerica found that 70% of Americans are likely to vote for a candidate who supports climate change solutions (including 89% of Democrats, 71% of Independents, and 46% of Republicans). Find out how ecoAmerica is moving climate action forward and bringing the community together in this month’s eUpdate.
 “In this moment of climate crisis it's easy to feel hopeless, but there are a lot of things we can do to make the transition to a more viable world, by coming together as a community.”

— Alvina Wong, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

Feature Articles

Islamic Society of North America and Blessed Tomorrow Launch New Video
ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) have partnered to promote climate solutions and creation care among the Muslim community of America. ISNA helped launch our new partnership and program at their 55th Annual ISNA Convention this month. The launch included premiering this new film, The Earth As Our Mosque, created in collaboration with ecoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow, featuring Muslim families in Houston as they discuss Islamically-inspired climate actions. Watch our video.
New Report: 90% of Americans Think Dems and Reps Should Work Together on Climate Change

Do Americans prefer to accept a partisan divide on climate, or would they rather see Republicans and Democrats work together to address it? In our September American Climate Perspectives Survey, ecoAmerica found that 90% of Americans are looking for policy makers to find a way to work together to address climate change. Even though Democrats hold the strongest climate values, Independents, who currently comprise the largest voting bloc, show promise as a formidable climate constituency. And, while Republicans trail on climate attitudes and support, nearly a third are more concerned about climate change than in previous elections, and nearly half are willing to vote for candidates who support climate solutions. Click here to download.
Meighen Speiser to Speak at Global Climate Action Summit Faith Affiliate Event

Tomorrow, September 14, ecoAmerica's Meighen Speiser will join Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts & Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ, and Richard Miller, Founder and CEO, The Planetary Emergency Institute, Omaha, Nebraska, & National Religious Coalition on Creation Care, for a GCAS affiliated event panel titled, "The Role of Religion in Addressing Global Climate Change" at Grace Cathedral. The panel will discuss climate change as a spiritual, moral and ethical issue, and how religion has a crucial role to play in the climate movement. Speiser will preview findings from an upcoming new ecoAmerica research report, “How Faith Communities Lead Social Movements: Lessons for Climate Advocacy from the Immigration, Black Lives Matter, and the 2016 Election Campaigns”. To pre-order your free copy, email research@ecoAmerica.org
Climate Corps — Let's Talk Training

ecoAmerica’s Natalie Kobayashi delivered a Let’s Talk Communities training at the Climate Corps 2018 Fellowship program orientation in Oakland, CA on September 6. The training helped fellows learn and apply best practices for climate communications as part of learning how to advocate for climate programs and solutions, build awareness in their communities, and implement a climate resiliency project during their time at Climate Corps.
Featured Blog: Nursing Collaborative Blog Series Featuring Anabell Castro-Thompson, President National Association of Hispanic Nurses

August’s blog post from the Nursing Collaborative Blog Series features Anabell Castro Thompson, MSN, RN, ANP-C, FAAN, Immediate Past President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), a founding member of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health. NAHN is the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses and works to address the largest healthcare challenges facing Latinos. Read it here.

Partner News

Webinar — Clean Energy & Climate Solutions: Health Sector and Nursing Leadership

Climate for Health and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) are hosting a webinar on September 26 at 3pm ET. Tune in to hear speakers from ANHE, the American Geophysical Union, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who are mitigating their own climate impact and advocating for clean energy solutions. One hour of nursing CE credit is available for attendees. Register here
Dr. Georges Benjamin Named One of the 100 Most Influential in Health Care

Modern Healthcare has again named APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, among the 100 most influential people in health care. Its latest ranking, published in the Aug. 20, 2018, issue of the magazine featured leaders in both the private and public sectors. The publication recognized Benjamin for helping focus more attention on the social determinants of health and drawing a tighter connection between evidence-based policy and public health, among other contributions. View the full list here.
Save the Date: Utah Climate Week, October 1-7, 2018

Utah Climate Week was created by the Utah Climate Action Network to inspire events and conversation around climate change issues in Utah. Climate Week is a participant-led initiative where organizations host events for either internal employees and stakeholders or full public participation. Movie screenings, speaker panels, communications campaigns or other efforts that highlight climate change risks and opportunities are encouraged. Click here to find out more. 

New ecoAmerica Staff

Maya Gutierrez - Research Intern

Maya Gutierrez has a background in anthropology and education. Her previous experience includes working as a research assistant in the Paleoethnobotany Lab and the Channel Islands Lab both at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and teaching elementary for grades K-8. Read more
Max Leopold - Development Intern

Max recently graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from American University, and he is currently getting a Masters in Sustainability Management. He has worked with several organizations in the past, including a Congressional office and a small DC based start-up. Read more
Fiona Lanigan - Development Intern

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. Read more
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