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ecoAmerica puts the social sciences to work to build public will and political action for climate solutions. Incorporating “social identity,” “system justification,” “confirmation bias,” and other concepts help us activate people. Our American Climate Perspectives Surveys discover and validate new insights often before they become widespread. It’s always nice to see things like our research on Pluralistic Ignorance confirmed by others, including academic research like this piece in Nature Communications. Take a moment to review and find resources to activate your friends, workplace, community, and policymakers in this August eUpdate.

Stellar Selection Committee Signs on for 4th Year of American Climate Leadership Awards

The American Climate Leadership Awards announces the 2023 Selection Committee, including nationally known climate leaders who have championed climate action in the US.

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GOTV: Midterms 2022 and Climate Change
These 2022 midterms will have a determinant impact on our future — whether or not we will live in a safe and healthy world. No matter if you are a concerned citizen or an organizational leader, you can help others exercise their right to vote. Please vote this midterm and help others do the same. This social toolkit and ecoAmerica's resources are designed to help.
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Inflation Reduction Act: What it Means for America and YOU
Nearly two weeks after it was officially signed by President Biden, many Americans have heard of the Inflation Reduction Act. Carefully thought out in over 700 pages, this massive $750 billion law focuses on health care, taxes, and climate. This is, without a doubt, the most significant piece of climate legislation in United States history.
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New On Let's Talk Climate
You Can Do This: Replicable Models for Local Climate Action with GreenRoots

Watch Part 2 of our American Climate Leadership Awards series to learn how you can replicate the success of an extraordinary program mobilizing Americans for just and equitable climate solutions. The episode features a conversation between ecoAmerica’s Jennifer Giordano and GreenRoots’ Roseann Bongiovanni.

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The Heat is On
The National Hispanic Medical Association’s Dr. Sergio Rímola joined ecoAmerica’s Dr. Bruce Bekkar to discuss the impact of heat waves on health. This conversation focused on what providers can do to help communities at the highest risk: children, seniors, pregnant women, and outdoor workers.
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Learn more and register for our upcoming episodes in the Let’s Talk Climate series, HERE.

Integrating Public and Ecosystem Health System to Foster Resilience
ecoAmerica was pleased to brief NASEM on our mental health report earlier this month, and are pleased to bring forward this follow on opportunity. We know that health and nature are linked in important ways. But how can health providers and public health professionals integrate this understanding into their work? In September, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM) is hosting a workshop to discuss how to bridge the gap between nature and public health.
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Power Shift Network Replication Guide

American Climate Leadership finalist, Power Shift Network’s replication guide provides a stepwise model for you to replicate their success in your community. Welcome to the pulsing heart of the youth climate justice movement. These next five years are a critical window to prevent a track of irreversible climate change — and to meet the urgency of this moment, we need you! You might feel overwhelmed by the scope of the climate crisis and not know where to start. The thing about climate anxiety is that the best way to overcome the anxiety is by taking action — however big or small. 

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Rooted and Rising

Blessed Tomorrow Partner, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary, was recently interviewed by Tom Martin of Eastern Standard on the NPR affiliate WEKU radio. Dr. Schade discussed the book she co-authored with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, and addressed the question: What do religious teachings and texts have to say about environmental stewardship in general and climate change in particular?

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Feature Blog: Kentucky Flooding and Climate Change

I am a lifelong Kentuckian with roots in the mountains of Appalachia where devastating flooding is occurring. As I write, 37 are confirmed dead, hundreds are missing, and more rain is expected. This state of emergency follows on the heels of December 2021 tornadoes that leveled a large area of Western Kentucky, taking 57 lives followed by powerful ice storms in February. And yet, when I watch the local news no one says the words, “climate change.”

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Ambassador Community News

Register for a Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, or Path to Positive Communities Ambassador Training to become equipped with the knowledge, hands-on experience, and resources to speak and act confidently on climate change and solutions. Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, and Path to Positive Communities trainings are now offered virtually, online. Read a quote from Climate for Health Ambassador Tarek A. Hijaz, MD, on why you should sign up.

UCC Ambassador Training | November 5

The United Church of Christ and ecoAmerica are partnering to offer the Blessed Tomorrow Ambassadors Training Program. This free, virtual, interactive training will cover the links between climate and faith, the spectrum of solutions, how to speak effectively on the topic, and opportunities to act and advocate. Join us on Saturday, November 5 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm ET. 

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Join Our Team!

Join our growing team as our new Path to Positive Communities Program Director. You will lead ecoAmerica’s work to engage America’s communities (cities, counties, states, and community-based national organizations) in #ClimateSolutions.

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