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Dear <<First Name>>,

Climate change has finally risen to a prominent election issue in 2020. Americans are feeling urgency to act on climate and studies indicate they intend to vote for climate leaders this term. Recent polls also find that climate action now rivals the economy as a top voting issue. And, in the Nevada Presidential debate, climate change took center stage, with candidates speaking on the topic for a record 16 minutes. Find out what ecoAmerica is doing to catalyze political will on climate in this month's eUpdate.

Bob Perkowitz, President
Climate change affects all our planet, but it does not affect everyone equally. African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately more affected by climate change. Latino children are 40% more likely to die from asthma than children from any other ethnic group. Half of our community lives in the 25 most polluted cities in the country, and it’s the same for African Americans.

Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo Senior Correspondent and ecoAmerica Board Member, NPR

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ANNOUNCING! American Climate Leadership Summit 2020 Speakers

Join us at ACLS 2020! Our growing list of speakers will share the latest information and ideas for accelerating climate AMBITION • RESTORATION • JUSTICE. Participants will then collaborate on plans to rapidly scale climate action and advocacy in 2020. Speakers include health and education leaders, pastors and bishops, frontline and indigenous leaders, scientists, media, CEOs, elected officials, and leaders of environmental and philanthropic organizations.

Browse all ACLS 2020 Speakers
View the agenda
Register for ACLS 2020 today: Washington DC, on March 25 and 26

Congratulations to the American Climate Leadership Awards Finalists!
ecoAmerica is proud to announce the 10 finalists for the 2020 American Climate Leadership Awards, which recognize and reward individuals and initiatives that demonstrate success in mobilizing public support and political will for climate action. These groups span a wide range of local to national efforts that show us replicable and successful models for catalyzing diverse and inclusive action for climate solutions. They include dynamic new initiatives, like the Sunrise Movement and Future Coalition, which reach into communities across the nation, along with more focused actions like Keep LA Cool and Regeneración. They demonstrate Margaret Mead’s wise counsel — “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.” Join us at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2020 (ACLS 2020), to celebrate the ACLA 2020 finalists and explore ways to raise our climate ambition. Read the list of finalists.
New Research: Americans Are Motivated to Act on Climate and Want Elected Leaders Who Prioritize Solutions

ecoAmerica’s latest survey, ACPS 2020, Vol 1: Americans Are Motivated to Act on Climate and Want Elected Leaders Who Prioritize Solutions, finds that Americans view climate change as an urgent issue, but believe our current government is too ill-equipped to address it. They believe they personally and we collectively can and need to take action now, that our country will be stronger for it, and that climate change should be a top issue for the next President and Congress. Most are eager to vote for candidates who will prioritize climate solutions. So, will 2020 candidates be as ambitious as their public expects them to be? Read the full report.

Congratulations Vanessa Hauc, ecoAmerica Board Member

ecoAmerica congratulates Board member Vanessa Hauc, who was chosen by NBC News to be one of five moderators in the democratic debate in Nevada on February 19th! Vanessa is the first climate journalist to moderate a debate and serves as Telemundo’s climate correspondent. She has been an excellent MC of ecoAmerica’s American Climate Leadership Summit and we look forward to her joining us again at #ACLS2020 in March. Congrats, Vanessa!

Leadership Circle Member to Lead Global AME Zion Church

Congratulations to Bishop Staccato Powell, who on February 12th, took office as the 102nd Bishop leading the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and its over 1.4 million members. Bishop Staccato Powell serves on Blessed Tomorrow's Leadership Circle.

Our Wild Calling by Former ecoAmerica Board Member, Richard Louv

Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures — not out of fear, but out of love. Transformative and inspiring, this book points us toward what we all long for in the age of technology: real connection.

“The future will belong to the nature-smart — those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” Found out more.
ecoAmerica Welcomes Two New Board Members: Sarah Finnie Robinson and Dr. Lise Van Susteren

Sarah Finnie Robinson is an investor in large-scale climate solutions and the Founding Director of The 51 Percent Project, which identifies efficacious communication strategies, messaging, and modalities to effectively address climate change with ambition. Robinson is the founding partner of WeSpire, a Boston tech firm whose rich-data behavior-change platform is utilized by Fortune 500 organizations to power corporate sustainability programs. Welcome, Sarah Finnie Robinson!

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. Dr. Van Susteren has served as: a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University; a consultant to the Executive Branch of the US Government; an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and is currently on the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Earth Day Network, and is co-founder of Climate Psychiatry Alliance. She is a frequent contributor on television, radio, and print media. Welcome, Dr. Lise Van Susteren!

Feature Blog: Bringing Climate Into Our Conversations by Hon. Jennifer Roberts
I recently had the opportunity to attend a lecture at Davidson College by renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. These days I speak about climate a lot. When I do, I give a brief overview of the changes that are measurable in temperature, sea level, and other impacts. Then, I speak about scientific consensus — focusing on climate engagement, solutions, and importantly, the personal benefit. Read more here.
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