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Nearly two-thirds of Americans have suffered from blistering heat waves this July, which, according to a new report from Union of Concerned Scientists, are expected to become even more severe in the years to come. Just as America is heating up, so are concerns about climate change. But will policymakers do what is needed to ensure a healthy and stable climate future? Action in Congress is picking up steam, with both the House and Senate convening hearings on local climate action this month. But it is going to take a broader and more diverse constituency of Americans to drive the political will needed for just, equitable and effective climate solutions. Find out what ecoAmerica is doing to meet Americans where they are, and empower local climate advocacy, in this edition of the eUpdate.


Bob Perkowitz, President
“Research shows that people derive values, a sense of self, and social norms from groups to which they belong. Messages that resonate with group identities may be especially effective in influencing people's attitudes." 

Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

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SAVE THE DATE: American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS) 2020

Dates: March 24-26, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

 

American Climate Leadership Summit 2020: 2020 is a critical year for climate action in America, and it is going to take a broader and more inclusive movement to get the just, equitable and effective solutions we seek. The 9th Annual American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2020) will build political will and demand for climate action leading up to the 2020 election.

  • Watch plenaries from ACLS19 HERE
  • Read our ACLS19 Recommendations Report HERE
  • See photos from ACLS19 HERE
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Blessed Tomorrow Carbon Offset Program with CoolEffect

Curious about carbon offsets? The Blessed Tomorrow Carbon Offset Program helps congregations cancel out emissions, and provides clean cook stoves for families in Africa at the same time. Read about the program in the Blessed Tomorrow blog, here. Blessed Tomorrow is a program by ecoAmerica.

NEW Video from American Baptist Churches-USA: "Life is About Choices"

ecoAmerica is proud to announce that our Blessed Tomorrow partner, the American Baptist Churches USA (ABC-USA), has released a new creation care video! Created in collaboration between the partners, this video anchors a church-wide creation care campaign, and will be included in upcoming programming to train and educate ABC-USA members and clergy on how to act and advocate for climate solutions as a matter of faith. Watch the video here.


ecoAmerica Friend Makers — Charlotte, Tiburon, Chicago, DC and NYC

Thank you to Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, and Steve Silberstein in Tiburon for hosting ecoAmerica Friend Maker events on July 18th and 23rd respectively. Dozens gathered for receptions and lively discussions on moving Americans forward on climate solutions. Next up, Chicago the week of September 30, DC the week of October 15th and New York the week of October 21st. If you’d like to host a discussion in your local community, please email ashley@ecoAmerica.org. To support ecoAmerica, contact Molly at 202-457-1125 or molly@ecoamerica.org, or visit our donate page, here.

ecoAmerica's Climate for Health at the National Environmental Health Association's Annual Educational Conference

ecoAmerica’s Executive Director, Meighen Speiser, and Rebecca Rehr, ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health Senior Program Manager, hosted two sessions at the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference in Nashville this July. As a pre-conference workshop, they presented the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training to a highly engaged group of environmental health professionals from across the country, who are ready to apply their learnings at home and with their peers. And, on NEHA’s full ‘Day of Climate and Health,’ they shared the results from ecoAmerica + NEHA’s American Climate Metrics Survey and facilitated a discussion with a packed room of more than 100 people. Read this article on the results in NEHA’s peer reviewed Journal of Environmental Health. NEHA also shared our partnership video of success stories, and their Executive Director, Dr. Dave Dyjack, led a discussion on NEHA’s clean energy leadership. For more information on the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training email HealthAmbassadors@ecoAmerica.org.

ecoAmerica's Blessed Tomorrow at African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church's Annual Council of Bishops

Ani Fête Crews, Director of ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow program, spoke about the opportunity for climate action at the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s annual Council of Bishops meeting this month, in a special pre-meeting “Sankofa Symposium.” The Sankofa Symposium served as a way to prioritize social action issues for the denomination in the coming year. Following the Symposium, the group determined they would pursue climate justice as one of their top priorities for 2020. Ani Fête Crews and Meighen Speiser will bring this message to the full audience at the upcoming 2019 AME Women’s Missionary Society Quadrennial Convention in Columbus, OH on July 31st, a gathering of over 2,000 women leaders in the AME Church from the U.S. and abroad, who come together to learn, plan and activate their network to action on behalf of the church.

New Webinar: American Attitudes on a Green New Deal

The Green New Deal (GND) has been making headlines for months, and has been in the talking points of 2020 Democratic candidates. This July, Meighen Speiser and Jennifer Roberts, ecoAmerica’s Director of Path to Positive program, led a webinar on GND with The Local Government Commission. In the webinar, they shared American perspectives on the components of the GND (from ecoAmerica’s recent research on the topic), including American support for clean energy and job training, and how local communities are responding. Watch the webinar HEREFull findings here.

Feature Blog — Meet a Climate Scholar from the American Climate Leadership Summit, Lissette Palestro

"I attended the American Climate Leadership Summit as a 2019 ecoAmerica Climate Scholar. The summit reinforced my belief that climate change is not a partisan issue and that to address climate change, as well as the health and equity nexus, it is essential for cross-sector stakeholders (e.g. frontline communities, grassroots organizations, national health care, corporate, and faith entities) to work together to identify climate solutions.” Keep Reading

Partner News

Hon. Hattie Portis Jones joins Path to Positive Leadership Circle

ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive program welcomes Hon. Hattie Portis Jones to its Leadership Circle. As a member of the City of Fairburn’s (GA) six member Legislative Branch, she develops policy, enacts laws for the well being of its 14,000+ citizens and ensures the proper stewardship of its resources. Major accomplishments include: an 88 unit active Senior Living Facility; Duncan Park Football and Water Park Complex; Downtown Amphitheater; Farmer’s Market (expanding market to provide access to SNAP recipients); Award-winning Let’s Move (to encourage a healthy lifestyle and environment); City Employee Wellness Program; City Re-branding (Situated To Succeed); major economic development projects, creating hundreds of jobs; improved bond rating to double A minus (AA-) from triple B (BBB). Keep Reading
Laura Jay joins Path to Positive Leadership Circle

ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive program welcomes Laura Jay to its Leadership Circle. Laura Jay serves as a Deputy Regional Director for North America & Head of the New York Office at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. In this role, she works with C40’s 15 cities in the US and Canada to help advance climate actions, from policies to mitigate emissions to strategies for adapting to climate impacts. Keep Reading

James Ritchotte joins Path to Positive Leadership Circle

ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive program welcomes James Ritchotte to its Leadership Circle. James Ritchotte is Principal of Government Affairs at Pearl Street Energy Consulting. He joined Climate Mayors in October 2018 after spending the last eight years focused on clean energy and grid modernization policies. James was previously with GE, where he was responsible for identifying policy and regulatory developments impacting utilities and their investment decisions. James has worked closely with policymakers at the local, state, federal and international levels, in support of policies to advance the deployment of clean energy technology and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Keep Reading
Nurses Take Climate Action: MGH Institute of Health Professions Joins the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health
In June, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) and ecoAmerica’s  Climate for Health announced that the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health, a nurse-led initiative at MGH Institute of Health Professions graduate school in Boston, has become the first academic partner of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health (Nursing Collaborative). The Nursing Collaborative, which represents more than 150,000 nurses and nursing students nationwide, is an initiative that encourages and empowers nurses to act on climate as a health imperative. “Not nearly enough health professionals truly understand how climate change is affecting people,” said Professor of Nursing Patrice Nicholas, the Climate Center’s Director. “We all must learn more about the health effects of climate change and use that knowledge to teach our patients, families, and communities so they understand how they are affected by climate-related illnesses…” Read more here.
The American College of Sports Medicine Releases New Resource on Active Transportation and Climate Change
ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health partner, the American College of Sports Medicine, just released a new resource to help explain the health and climate co-benefits of active transportation. Find the new resource, a multi-use infographic, on the American College of Sports Medicine’s website here, and learn more about our partnership with their ActivEarth Task Force here.

ecoAmerica's Climate for Health joined Moms Clean Air Force's Play-in for Climate Action


On July 11, Climate for Health partnered with Moms Clean Air Force to host a play-in for climate action on the National Mall, with family friendly activities and a line up of inspirational speakers that included parent activists, elected officials, and ecoAmerica’s Board member, Vanessa Hauc, as emcee. More than 500 parents and children from 27 states joined together to promise to fight for climate safety, to keep toxic chemicals out of our homes, and to stop the corruption at the EPA. The afternoon was filled with families visiting Capitol Hill, delivering a public message to 100 Congressional offices: It’s time to get serious about climate change!

New ecoAmerica Staff


Welcome Molly Murray: Vice President, Development

Molly Murray is ecoAmerica’s Vice President of Development, managing the fundraising activities of the organization. Before joining ecoAmerica, Molly was a Director of Development for Johns Hopkins Medicine for 10 years and previously served as Director of Development at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She held a series of development leadership positions at various organizations including NYU, The Battery Conservancy, and the Irish Repertory Theater. Molly founded and managed a development consulting firm for 16 years in New York where she worked with many nonprofits, creating or expanding fundraising programs and advising on capital campaigns, board development, special events and long range planning. Some of her many clients included the Museum of Modern Art, The Nature Conservancy, Broadway Cares, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Pace University. Molly lives in Arden-on-the-Severn where she enjoys life on the river with her large extended family.

Welcome Mandy Wu: Accounting Manager

Mandy joins ecoAmerica as the Accounting Manager, after 18 years as Senior Accountant for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. Prior to CompassPoint, she was the accountant at Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit organization for homeless veterans. Mandy received her BS in Accounting at San Francisco State University. Originally from China, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
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