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Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and friend of ecoAmerica, has recently said that the "greatest advances in the understanding of climate change over the last decade haven't come from the physical sciences. The new advances have come from the social sciences – education, communication, even marketing studies – that have opened the door." In her newly launched, biweekly Global Weirding series, she tackles climate change and its relationship to other commonly avoided topics, like money, religion, and politics. Read on to learn how we're advancing social science on climate, and how we're helping leaders amplify their voices and engage their communities on solutions.
“I'm a fan of and [admire the] work of the American Academy of Pediatrics…the American Lung Association … the American Public Health Association. All of those groups and many others have gone very clearly on record that climate change presents significant health issues.” 

- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at the confirmation hearing for proposed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

Feature Articles

ecoAmerica Survey on American Opinions About Trump

Americans voted for President Trump in order to "Make America Great Again," but the prospects for climate progress will be challenged under his 100-day plan. To get an idea of the national sentiment, ecoAmerica's research team conducted an online survey asking about Trump's priorities and performance in his first two weeks on the job. Only nine percent of Americans think he should limit EPA actions on climate change. And only 31 percent think he's doing a good job so far. The results on Presidential priorities are below. For full survey results, contact Meighen Speiser.

Faith Communications Guide Now Available

On January 26, Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) joined Blessed Tomorrow and ecoAmerica in a webinar to present our new Let’s Talk Faith & Climate communications guide. This report, which offers tips for creating value-based messaging and initiating productive conversations about climate with people of faith, is now available for download here. The recorded webinar may be viewed here

February 16: Let’s Talk Communities & Climate Webinar

Join ecoAmerica, Path to Positive Communities, and the Honorable Ralph Becker, former Mayor of Salt Lake City, for a free webinar on February 15 - Let’s Talk Communities & Climate: Communication Guidance for City and Community Leaders. Learn proven techniques and messages to deepen engagement and inspire community participation in climate solutions. The webinar includes access to the guide, and is helpful to leaders at the city and county level, as well as leaders in faith, health, higher education, and business who collaborate with local government on climate. Find out more and register here.

Leadership Circle News

Thank You PSR’s Dr. Catherine Thomasson

Climate for Health would like to thank Leadership Circle member Dr. Catherine Thomasson for her valuable contributions as a Climate for Health Leader. Dr. Thomasson has stepped down as Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she has served as Executive Director since 2012. She joined PSR in 1984, and has served as national board president and Oregon chapter president. Dr. Thomasson has been a powerful advocate for climate action, taught climate change and public health at Portland State University, and served on local and statewide commissions to find solutions to climate change. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

New Program Partners

Climate for Health

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Climate for Health is proud to announce a partnership with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)! ANHE helps nurses respond to questions about the links between health and the environment, and provides leadership in making the necessary changes to policies and practices. In partnership with Climate for Health, ANHE seeks to institutionalize climate action as a health imperative, create climate-literate health professionals, engage all members, staff, and stakeholders through communications and events, and build collective support and action for climate solutions. Welcome to our network, ANHE!

ecoAffect and Program Blogs

Stay informed on the latest climate leadership news and insights – explore our blogs. Visit ecoAffect for ecoAmerica announcements, new research, commentary, and valuable resources for climate communicators. Climate for Health, Blessed Tomorrow, and Path to Positive Communities each have their own blogs, featuring insightful posts about sector-relevant topics. 

Check out some of our most popular recent posts:

Getting to the Truth About Climate Change | ecoAffect

Finding Climate Solutions in Unexpected Places | Path to Positive Communities

How Martin Luther King Jr. Changed The Way We Think About Climate Justice | Blessed Tomorrow

Taking Action On Climate Change: Huge Opportunities for Global Health Improvement | Climate for Health

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New ecoAmerica Staff

Paige Fery - Research Coordinator

We’re very pleased that Paige Fery, who spent several months in our San Francisco office as a research intern, is joining us full time as our new Research Coordinator. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Paige recently graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and minors in Economics and Sustainability. She was inspired to pursue this path in hopes of protecting and improving the health of those affected by our changing climate, as well as the beautiful national parks she grew up exploring. She will be assisting our Research Manager Kirra Krygsman in the creation and production of our research guides and reports. 
Welcome Back, Andrea!

Our Accounting Manager, Andrea Divine, is back with us after maternity leave. Andrea handles accounting and benefits administration for ecoAmerica, bringing extensive experience in financial management positions at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Her career ranges from auditing nonprofits to living on a tour bus while handling the tour finances for Alicia Keys, Usher, Nine Inch Nails, and many other musical artists. She can now add to her resume the role of mother to her 3-month-old son Ezra.

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