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Dear Natalie,

American climate activists are escalating efforts to pull leaders and policymakers into action. From Extinction Rebellion to Fridays for Future, the upcoming Climate Strike, demands for a candidate climate debate, and more, Americans of all stripes are letting our leaders know that we need action on climate, now. America needs an administration that prioritizes climate solutions, or they won’t happen. Polls indicate Americans are beginning to see climate as a top-tier election issue, but will a candidate that aggressively prioritizes climate change take the lead? Find out what ecoAmerica is doing to elevate climate as a personal, civic, and national priority in this month’s eUpdate.   

Bob Perkowitz, President

Featured Articles

NEW Talking Points: Protect Clean Air, Protect Our Health

For almost 50 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been fulfilling its mission to protect human health and the environment. Many current climate solutions proposals, however, include provisions that roll-back or eliminate the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon pollution. Without EPA safeguards, climate change is rendered unchecked. But the good news is: there is something we can do. In support of our strategy to shift toward action and advocacy, ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program collaborated with the American Lung Association to craft talking points you can use to discuss why the EPA’s responsibility to limit climate change pollution must remain in the Clean Air Act. Download, share, and use them today!

Announcing: American Climate Leadership Summit Awards 2020

ecoAmerica is pleased to announce the launch of the American Climate Leadership Awards (ACLA) at ACLS 2020 (Save the Date! March 25-26, 2020). ACLA will award 10 leaders and organizations who have implemented a replicable climate program that makes a significant difference in getting Americans to take urgent action on climate solutions. Ten winners will each receive a minimum of $10,000, travel accommodations for two people to ACLS 2020, and be recognized by and share the stage with Former EPA Administrator and Harvard Center for Health & Environment Director, Gina McCarthy. The winner will receive a total of $50,000 and one runner up will be awarded a total of $25,000. If you have made great strides in motivating and engaging local communities, people of faith, health professionals, or youth in climate action, we encourage you to apply. You can join us for an informational webinar on the awards on September 6 at 1pm ET. Contact Gibbs Rehlen, for more information.

NEW Toolkit Helps Even More Cities Lead on Climate

ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Program is launching a new Moving Forward Toolkit to help cities across the U.S., particularly those who are new to climate, lead on climate change and engage their residents on solutions. The Toolkit includes the Moving Forward Guide, a getting started checklist, and customizable resources, such as an animated video and sample climate declarations. For more information on Path to Positive or the Moving Forward Toolkit, contact Jennifer Roberts, Director of Path to Positive.

Blessed Tomorrow Spreading the Good News
It has been a busy summer for ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow Program. Director Ani Fête Crews piloted our new Blessed Tomorrow Ambassador program and our Moving Forward Guide at the Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference, The American Baptist Church Biennial Summit, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly and with the Council of Bishops of the AME Church (after which they made climate change a top-five priority for the denomination). ecoAmerica’s Executive Director, Meighen Speiser, addressed a crowd of 4,000 at the AME Women’s Missionary Society, inspiring them to bring climate action and advocacy back to their local congregations. And, ecoAmerica’s Founder and President, Bob Perkowitz, participated in a prestigious climate advisory session with Bishop Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, in which he encouraged the Bishop to bring interfaith leaders together on climate. This has resulted in a faith-based organization Civil Society “Consultation” on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, following the UN Secretary-General hosted Climate Change Summit.
Convening Climate Conversation
ecoAmerica has been pleased to host in-depth conversations on climate solutions in cities across the country. Leaders have gathered in Tiburon, CA and Charlotte, NC to discuss ideas and prospects for catalyzing American political will on climate change in 2020 and beyond. If you are interested in joining one of these conversations, or in discussing how you can support or host, please contact ecoAmerica’s Event Director, Ashley Lane, Upcoming cities include: Santa Barbara, CA (Aug 21), New York, NY (Sep 12), Chicago, IL (Oct 2), Washington, D.C. (Oct 15), and San Francisco, CA (TBA).
Bob Perkowitz Featured in Forbes

While our climate is changing faster than predicted, there is still so much we can do to be part of the solution. To underscore this importance, Bob spoke with Forbes, to contribute to an article singing the praises of the climate action ideas articulated in Project Drawdown. Read the article, here.

“Project Drawdown was a dramatic breakthrough - extending our perspective beyond energy production and consumption to the underlying drivers of energy use. It opens up a whole range of new options to address climate change and puts those in context with all the traditional solutions," say Bob Perkowitz, president of ecoAmerica
WEBINAR: The Moral Imperative to Improve Planetary Health Through Climate Solutions

This October 3, on the heels of New York City's Climate Week and the Season of Creation, ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health and Blessed Tomorrow programs, the Planetary Health Alliance, the Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Harvard Divinity School are hosting a discussion with faith leaders and health professionals, focused on the moral imperative of taking action on planetary health. Speakers will discuss how we can safeguard our health and promote social justice by mobilizing communities to take environmental action. This webinar will provide a setting for faith leaders to learn about these challenges and their direct health impacts and moral implications, as well as dialogue with health professionals about advancing change. Register here and share this webinar with your networks.

FEATURE BLOG: What in the World Are Carbon Offsets
By Anita Fête Crews

Have you heard about carbon offsets? They may be just what you and your congregation are looking for in your journey to zero-emissions! The Blessed Tomorrow Carbon Offset Program helps congregations cancel out their emissions. READ MORE

Partner News

Samuel Myers joins Climate for Health Leadership Circle

Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Samuel Myers, studies the human health impacts of accelerating disruptions to Earth’s natural systems, a field recently dubbed Planetary Health. He is a Principal Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is Director of the Planetary Health Alliance
Utah Climate Week: September 30 - October 6

Events and activities are beginning to fill up the 3rd Annual Utah Climate Week calendar, with Path to Positive partner Utah Climate Action Network! Events include a Kick-Off Party, Climate and Health Symposium, University of Utah Air Quality Symposium, Ski Resort - UCAN Fundraiser at Fisher Brewing, University Sustainability Tours, and Mountain Town 2030. 
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