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Dear <<First Name>>,

We’re all trying to orient ourselves to a new world. Suddenly, we’re amidst a global pandemic and economic contraction, and immediately concerned about our families and communities, and our future. But as our perspectives are narrowed by the urgency of COVID-19, our other big challenges, especially climate change, have not gone away. Find out what ecoAmerica is doing to maintain our individual and collective resolve on climate solutions as we shelter-in-place in this edition of the eUpdate.



Bob Perkowitz, President

Featured Articles

Just Published: Climate Leadership Amidst COVID-19
Our nation is learning that we can tackle monumental challenges. At the core of our challenges, whether COVID-19 or climate change, is people; who need to be heard, protected, and valued. When we focus on equity, we're closer to our answers. We can do this, and the time is now. Read ecoAmerica’s perspective, exploring lessons learned from our coronavirus plight so far, and offering guidance for climate leadership during this time of compounded crises.
COVID-19 Impacts on Organizations and Communities
During our spring 2020 leadership meetings, we held a listening session for our Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, and Path to Positive Communities Leadership Circles and ecoAmerica’s Board of Directors and Leadership Council to hear each other’s experiences and thinking on the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts. The pandemic's impacts on organizations and communities has led many climate leaders to think about new ways to catalyze momentum for solutions.
Over 100 Lutheran Faith Leaders Receive Online Training As Creation Care Ambassadors

On April 4, over 100 faith leaders participated in the first virtual Blessed Tomorrow Ambassador Training conducted with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Clergy, lay leaders, seminary students, congregants, and churchwide ministry leaders left empowered to connect their faith with climate action and invite community members to act and advocate on climate solutions. Blessed Tomorrow and our partners will offer other virtual training opportunities over the next few months to train and mobilize Ambassadors in our effort to better care for God’s creation by increasing public support and political resolve for climate solutions. Visit our Ambassador Training page for more information.

Now Available: "Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity"

Climate for Health was honored to host the webinar, Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity, as part of National Public Health Week 2020. We heard from health leaders from around the country working at the forefront of climate solutions. They are all bringing to life the 10 points in the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda.

Join Us! Children's Health & Climate Change: A Moment of Reflection on Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

The extraordinary and devastating experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has both exposed vulnerabilities and suggested public health solutions that inform our reflections on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We invite you to connect with colleagues from the American Academy of Pediatrics and ecoAmerica on Earth Day 50, April 22, to discuss efforts to protect children's health through climate action. This virtual forum will feature national and state perspectives, outline priorities, and share solutions.

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Watch This: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
"When the Earth Moves"

When the Earth Moves video features private archival footage of the original 1970 Earth Day and its founder, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, as well as leading voices from the modern Earth Day movement, including Nelson’s daughter, Outrider Foundation Managing Director and ecoAmerica Board member Tia Nelson, South Carolina Congressman and RepublicEn founder Bob Inglis, and youth activist, Sunrise Movement co-founder, and ecoAmerica’s American Climate Leadership Awards finalist Varshini Prakash.

New ecoAmerica Leadership Council Announced

We’ve launched the ecoAmerica Leadership Council to strengthen resources and partnerships by supporting, advancing and advocating for climate action and our programs. It is comprised of individuals who make significant thought leadership and philanthropic commitments to ecoAmerica. As climate activists and funders, they display substantial dedication to our mission of building public support and political resolve for climate solutions through institutional leadership and play a vital role in the development and deployment of our programs. If you are interested in participating in the ecoAmerica Leadership Council please contact Molly Murray

Thank you to all who joined us at the American Climate Leadership Awards Virtual Ceremony on March 23! CivicSpark was among 10 American Climate Leadership Award finalists recognized. A program of the state Local Government Commission in partnership with the State of California, CiviSpark has accelerated climate action through two interactive paths: helping communities start and complete climate projects, and launching the next generation of climate leaders in cities and towns. CivicSpark was born out of the premise that climate leadership starts at the local level, a successful model to replicate Read More and Watch the CivicSpark Video
People of Faith Activate for Earth Day 50
This is a time for “raised ambition,” and what better time to begin than the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day? We have the solutions available at our fingertips, and a broad coalition of believers and non-believers alike who are invested in saving the only home we know. Read our latest blog by Blessed Tomorrow intern, Patrick Costanzo, on ways faith traditions, and you, can get involved on April 22.  
Join Us! American Climate Leadership Summit 2020
ecoAmerica has rescheduled the American Climate Leadership Summit 2020 to August 26-27.
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