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While the nation is getting ready for the holiday season, climate activists, including Jane Fonda and her weekly #FireDrillFridays, remain hard at work, pressing lawmakers for effective climate solutions. From scientists to pastors, community and church leaders, students, citizens, doctors, to nurses and more (including a few celebrities), Americans are moving from concern to climate action. As we all gather for Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to be grateful for everyone who is working to stabilize our climate and protect all living beings. And, let’s see if we can get others to support solutions: Here is a video on how to have the wrong, then right, Thanksgiving Dinner Climate Conversation. And, find out what else ecoAmerica is doing to empower health, faith, and community leaders in climate action across the country, in this month’s eUpdate.



Bob Perkowitz, President
“The climate crisis is not an isolated issue — it involves every part of our economy and society. Because of that, each Friday demonstration will have a different focus as it relates to climate. Scientists, movement leaders, experts, activists, Indigenous leaders, community members and youth will come together to share their stories and demand that action be taken before it's too late." 

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Registration is Open! Join us at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2020

The 9th annual American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2020) “Ambition • Restoration • Justice” will be bigger and bolder than ever, designed to build political will for climate solutions and a broader, more inclusive movement. Join over 500 attendees from all sectors of America's society. See past partners, speakers, and participants in ACLS19 recommendations report and session videos. Contact our Events Director, Ashley Lane at summit@ecoAmerica.org for any questions and opportunities to sponsor. Register today!

New Research! Student Climate Strikes Raise Awareness, Understanding, Emotions

ecoAmerica’s latest American Climate Perspectives Survey explores the impact of youth-led climate protests. In the short span of a year, the strikes have successfully raised American awareness, understanding, and emotions (stoking hope, alarm, and motivation) on the issue. This new report indicates that the millions of young people across America and 150 other countries are capturing our attention, and making their demands for climate action known. Read the full report, here.

Upcoming Webinar: How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements

Join ecoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow for a webinar on, How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements: Lessons for Climate Advocacy from the Immigration, Black Lives Matter, and President Trump Election Campaigns. This comprehensive research brings forth the winning strategies and tactics of some of the most notable social movements of our day, how faith communities have fueled progress, and lessons we can apply for more effective climate advocacy. Please join us on December 4th at 3pm ET/12 noon PT, for a 45-minute webinar to learn more about the report and hear the frontline experience of New Sanctuary leader, Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, Network Organizer, AMMPARO Program at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Executive Director of Oregon Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice. We highly encourage you to register and share this invitation with your networks.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and Blessed Tomorrow Launch New Video, "Jesus Calls Us"

Blessed Tomorrow partnered with The Presbyterian Church USA’s Hunger Program to produce a short film highlighting the call to climate action titled, “Jesus Calls Us”. Presbyterian Mission Agency President and Executive Director, Diane Moffett, narrates, “Presbyterians are making a difference in the care of creation in the broader world, yet there is much to be done.” The video is launched with complementary climate action resources and training, available at pcusa.org/climate. Watch the video!

ecoAmerica on the Road, Catalyzing Climate Action

This fall, in the run up to 2020, ecoAmerica is ramping up our whistle-stop-tour to train Climate Ambassadors within health, faith, and local communities, each of who agree to engage others and advocate for climate solutions. Our most recent trainings include:

  • San Antonio, Texas for the National League of City’s City Summit: Path to Positive Director, Jennifer Roberts on engaging citizens on climate preparation and action
     
  • Sacramento, California for Local Government Commission’s CivicSpark Fellowship Program: Path to Positive Director, Jennifer Roberts and Research Manager, Natalie Kobayashi on engaging and communicating with residents on local climate solutions 
  • Salt Lake City, Utah for Utah Clean Energy and Salt Lake City Health Department joint Climate Ambassadors Training, led by Climate for Health Program Manager, Rebecca Rehr and Path to Positive Director, Jennifer Roberts
     
  • Coming soon! Washington, DC for Physicians for Social Responsibility 
            
Join us for the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training in Washington DC

Climate for Health, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments are partnering to offer the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training Program on December 9 in Washington, DC at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health. Join us for a free, interactive 4-hour training that will cover the links between climate and health, the spectrum of solutions, speaking effectively on the topic, and opportunities to act and advocate. Register here.

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Princeton Review Green Honor Role

The Princeton Review Green Honor Roll and ratings were developed by ecoAmerica in partnership with the Princeton Review. This program, now 10 years old, enables the board to issue “green” ratings to colleges and universities in America, and factor in institutional sustainability and student quality of life. Initially embedded as ratings in all Princeton Review guides, the Green Honor Roll (the top scoring schools) gained immediate popularity. The ratings became so popular that The Princeton Review has issued a separately-printed Guide to Green Colleges.

Climate for Health Welcomes Dr. Jonathan Patz, Dr. Linda Rudolph, and Dr. Bruce Bekkar to its Leadership Circle

Dr. Jonathan Patz, professor and director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of his pioneering research showing the risk global climate change poses for human health.
 

Dr. Linda Rudolph, Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute and co-founder of the U.S. Climate and Health Alliance, was awarded the Homer N. Calver award at this year’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Dr. Rudolph is recognized for her dynamic leadership on issues related to addressing health, equity and sustainability. 

Bruce Bekkar, M.D. is Board Member of Climate Action Campaign. Bruce is a women’s health physician, author, educator, and climate activist. He has worked locally and nationally with organizations including The Climate Reality Project, Climate Action Campaign, the American Lung Association-California and Environment America. He recently shared original research on the risks to pregnancy in the U.S. at national meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

ecoAmerica Supporting Fire Drill Fridays

ecoAmerica is participating in #FireDrillFridays with findings from our latest climate research, supporting conversations on: Women, Environmental Justice, Migration & Human Rights, Jobs - Communities - Just Transitions, Climate & Health, and Whose to Pay - Fossil Fuel Companies. To join in on #FireDrillFriday, check out their site, or, pull from our toolkit, here.

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