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Dear <<First Name>>,
The need for action on climate is critical, and, thankfully, 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates are making it a priority platform issue. The DNC is refusing to hold a climate change debate, and is starting to face backlash as American climate concern rises, people suffer from climate changed-fueled severe weather and storms, and most want Democrats and Republicans to work together on solutions. It is becoming increasingly necessary that broader, more diverse constituencies of Americans engage in climate advocacy and hold our policymakers accountable for solutions. Find out what ecoAmerica is doing to empower climate leadership, action, and advocacy in this 100th edition of the eUpdate.  

Bob Perkowitz, President
“The DNC is silencing the voices of Democratic activists, many of our progressive partner organizations, and nearly half of the Democratic presidential field who want to debate the existential crisis of our time. The climate crisis merits a full discussion of our plans, not a short exchange of talking points." 

— Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, 2020 Presidential candidate

Featured Articles

NEW: Recommendations Report from ACLS19. Download Today!

ecoAmerica is pleased to announce that the outputs and outcomes from the American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS19) are now published in our Recommendations Report, available now! The report captures the best thinking from national and local leaders, who over two days (May 1-2 in Washington, D.C.), shared knowledge and ideas, and collaborated on breakthroughs to expand public support and political will for climate solutions in the U.S. Recommendations include: specific program ideas for centering diverse leadership, lifting up youth voices, inspiring millennial voting, forging pathways for conservative engagement, advocating across sectors for regional climate action opportunities, and so much more. It is now time to put these ideas into action! Please join ecoAmerica — apply these findings to catalyze more diverse and effective climate action in 2020 and beyond. Download the Recommendations Report, here.

Announcing: Moving Forward Guide from Blessed Tomorrow

Our newest guide, Moving Forward: A Guide to Climate Action for Your Congregation and Community, is now available! This new resource by ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program, provides congregations with rationale, information, guidance and tools to reduce energy use, infuse climate resilience and refuge into the operations of their houses of worship, and effectively advocate for policy solutions that care for creation. Click here for the guide.

New Research: Americans Want Their City to Prepare for Summer's Severe Weather!

Summer is nearly here, and Americans nationwide are looking forward to sunny days and outdoor activities. But, people are noticing that the weather isn’t what it used to be. ecoAmerica’s new research looks at how people are thinking and feeling about severe weather, the kind that tends to come at this time of year. Findings include: a majority of Americans are noticing changing weather, are experiencing climate impacts (especially marginalized communities), want their city or town to prepare, and believe climate action will improve health. Read the full report, here.

New Research — Mothers Know Best: Our Moral Obligation on Climate Change

In honor of Mother’s Day, ecoAmerica published new research on how, “Mom knows best!” on climate change. The report found that mothers are increasingly more personally concerned about climate change, and are more apt to feel a moral responsibility to do something about it. Download the full report, and share with a mother you know!

New Program: Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida

An ecoAmerica survey found the vast majority of Southwest Florida residents are concerned about the changing climate, and believe action is necessary to protect the region’s future. In response, ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive program is officially kicking off a partnership in Southwest Florida. Called Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida, the initiative will work to build a coalition of residents across key community sectors, including health, education, faith, business, and the environment. The goal is to bring local Southwest Florida stakeholders together and empower them to engage the community and policymakers on climate impacts, resilience, and solutions. For more information, contact Jennifer Roberts.

Featured Blog — Vote for Climate Action Now: Faith, health, and local elected leaders urge Congress to act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 9 “The Climate Action Now” Act on May 2, 2019. Just prior, ecoAmerica partners in health, faith and local government spoke out, to urge the U.S. House to commit to meeting international goals to cut planet-warming pollution. They pressed Congressional members of both parties to act as urgently as possible and called on the Senate to make America a leader on climate solutions. Follow along with their statements, here.

Partner News

The United Nations Comes to Utah

Utah Clean Energy, an ecoAmerica Path to Positive partner, is planning climate education and engagement gatherings during two major events coming to Utah later this summer. The first is the UN Civil Society Conference August 26-28, hosted by Salt Lake City and focused on “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities.” The second is Utah Climate Action Week, which will run from September 30 to October 6, 2019 and will feature events, films, and lectures throughout Utah. It will focus more specifically on Utah resources, clean energy opportunities, and local collaboration.
Samuel Myers joins Climate for Health Leadership Circle

ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program welcomes Samuel Myers, MD, MPH, to its Leadership Circle. Dr. 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. As the Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Sam oversees a multi-institutional effort to support research, education and policy efforts around the world focused on understanding and quantifying the human health impacts of disrupting Earth’s natural systems and translating that understanding into resource management decisions globally. Keep Reading

The American Public Health Association's Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp will focus on climate change

This July, the American Public Health Association (a partner of ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program) is gathering students and early-career professionals from all over the country in Washington, D.C., to speak for health. After an advocacy Bootcamp, participants will deliver this message to Capitol Hill: Climate change is the biggest threat facing public health. Learn about the Bootcamp and APHA’s other climate change initiatives in a new blog written by Executive Director, Georges C. Benjamin, MD.

UCC leader to Climate Summit: The Church is a Steward of God's Creation

Connie Larkman of the United Church of Christ (a partner in ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program) shares her perspective on the denomination’s climate leadership and participation in this year’s American Climate Leadership Summit. Read more here.
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