Jul 7, 2020

Advancing Equity and Resilience Together

Dear Friend, 

Thank you for making a difference in the climate crisis by giving to EESI’s work advancing climate solutions! 

All of us at EESI hope you and your family continue to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We have all been dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and the economic downturn, as well as the outcry and protests in opposition to racist violence. Once again, federal leadership is, at best, lacking, oscillating between unhelpful and inflammatory. At EESI, the ties between inequality, injustice, and our ability to address climate change are on our minds more than ever. Disadvantaged or marginalized groups are unfairly burdened with the costs and threats of climate change. 

You can be confident that EESI is committed to confronting these challenges and ensuring that marginalized voices are represented in the steps we take to build a sustainable future. We are taking this as an opportunity to heighten our awareness and become better prepared to address these ever-present threats to our communities. 

You helped make possible a series of briefings and livecasts, which recently featured an often marginalized part of our country—Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. EESI pulled together expert panelists who discussed how to make a community more resilient while also recovering from major disasters. The three-part series covered a substantial range of topics and emphasized the need for investments in community development that will meet community objectives, protect infrastructure, and promote resiliency. 

In many cases, the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the economic and social challenges in areas that are already vulnerable to climate change and weather-related events. However, it also provides a unique opportunity to rebuild a more stable and sustainable economy and invest in innovative solutions that will make island communities more resilient. Renewables like wind and solar power can increase energy security and efficiency. Addressing issues of environmental justice and promoting strategic land use and building practices help these communities both before and after disasters. 

Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also focused on strengthening ties within communities and gaining a deeper understanding of their needs. Panelist Greg Guannel stated the need for a better appreciation for the services and the benefits that nature provides us [...] we can build resilience at the household level with what is around us, from solar power, to food to, water security, etc.” See the photo below that features participants of the ADAPTA workshop on efficient water management held on February 22, 2018, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, where farmers and agronomists learned sustainable techniques for pest control and crop management to increase farm productivity and deal with the challenges of a changing climate.

Thank you again! You made these briefings possible. Your support and voice are invaluable to EESI’s continued efforts towards a decarbonized, clean energy economy. You are making a difference towards combating inequality and injustice in our country, which will allow us to become more resilient to climate change together. 

Photo by Tania Diaz-Camacho
Photo by Tania Diaz-Camacho
Solar Farm. Image by NASA
Solar Farm. Image by NASA

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Apr 14, 2020

Climate Action Campaign and COVID19 Response

Dear Friend,

Thank you for making a difference in the climate crisis by giving to EESI's project on Engaging with Congress on Climate Change and Resilience. 

All of us at EESI hope that you and your family are doing well as our country and the world responds to the COVID19 crisis. I know this is a scary time full of uncertainty, and we may feel powerless just staying home and washing our hands, even though we know these are some of the best things we can do. 

Because we simply cannot afford to lose time in tackling the climate crisis, you’re an important part of helping us continue to charge ahead. 

It’s clear that the widely varying coronavirus responses around the country have some parallels to the way that climate action has unfolded piecemeal in states, cities, and countries—and swift federal action to respond to both crises intelligently is absolutely needed. 

For both climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that federal policy actions are informed by science and that they evolve quickly in response to the latest findings is critical. 

Here at EESI, we are thankfully all healthy at this time and are taking advantage of the opportunity to explore different ways of connecting while continuing to fight climate change. The biggest change we have implemented involves our Congressional briefings which we are now conducting as webcasts via Zoom. So far, we have held two briefings as Zoom webinars streamed live on YouTube. We will continue to press ahead and hold briefings as webinars until it is safe to convene in-person meetings again. After all, the urgency of climate change is no less than it was before the outbreak.  

With the 50th Earth Day fast approaching, we are excited to announce our participation in GlobalGiving’s Climate Action Campaign which begins April 20th! The Climate Action Campaign runs Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24. During that week, all one-time donations made through GlobalGiving, up to $500 per donor, will be matched at 50% and the initial donation for new recurring monthly gifts will be matched at 150%! The 2 projects that get the most individual donations during that week and 3 others from the top 10 (by popular vote) will be in the 2020 Climate Action Fund cohort and will receive year-long funding. This campaign is driving climate change solutions forward, and we couldn’t be more excited to participate. If you have the means to donate, we would very much appreciate your renewed commitment to climate change with a gift during the Climate Action Campaign, April 20 to April 24. Thanks so much.

There is also so much else you can do for the planet. I want to challenge you to do one thing today. Eat a meatless meal, take a shorter shower, turn off the lights when you leave the room, or lower the thermostat. And most of all, share what you are doing on social media or with your friends so that others can follow suit! We can use the power of social media to our advantage this Earth Day because even though we can’t gather in person, we can all do our part in responding to nature’s plea to do better! 

Above all, we hope that you and your families are staying healthy and happy during these times. EESI offers our unconditional support and love to all those affected.

Alpine Flower Of New Zealand
Alpine Flower Of New Zealand
Earth Day 50 is here!
Earth Day 50 is here!
We choose HOPE (TieGuanYin/pixabay)
We choose HOPE (TieGuanYin/pixabay)

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Feb 4, 2020

You're helping to curb climate change! Thank you!

Wind turbine technician (US Department of Energy)
Wind turbine technician (US Department of Energy)

Thank you for making a difference in the climate crisis giving to EESI's project on Engaging with Congress on Climate Change and Resilience.  

In but one example of the difference you are making, please let me tell you about a Congressional briefing and livecast that you helped make possible on a crucial topic—pathways for the United States to deeply cut greenhouse gas emissions to help solve the climate crisis.

Featuring expert legal scholars, you made possible a briefing that discussed legal ways in which the U.S. can move towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, as scientists say we need to do. 

These emission cuts are critical in a warming world--you were crucial in bringing this expertise and knowledge to policymakers so that they can connect the dots and move forward with federal policy changes. This knowledge comes at a vital time as the House of Representatives bipartisan Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will be issuing a report soon.

You helped bring forward the Legal Pathways report to Congressional attention—thank you! The report outlines a myriad of recommendations as to how decarbonization legislation can be generated and implemented at a community, agency, and Congressional level, to fight climate change head on. The agriculture and transportation sectors were two main topics of discussion among the panelists at the briefing.

For example, Amy Stein, Professor of Law at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, emphasized how critical it is to change our gas-powered utility vehicles to ones that are electric or powered by biogas, a renewable energy source.

The briefing was positive and the panelists full of energy as they discussed just how beneficial decarbonization will be not just from an environmental standpoint, but both a social and economic standpoint as well.

As discussed in the lively Q&A portion of the briefing, the two fastest growing job categories in the US are solar installers and wind service techniciansAddressing climate change is not only critical for our planet, but also beneficial to our economy!

EESI has long taken the message that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand—and you’ve been a critical part of bringing that message to decisionmakers.

Thank you again for your commitment to climate change solutions. You help make all this possible, including all our plans for 2020, a crucial year for near-term opportunities and building a toolkit for federal climate policy next year and beyond.

Panelist Amy Stein speaking at the briefing
Panelist Amy Stein speaking at the briefing
Electric car (mmurphy/pixabay)
Electric car (mmurphy/pixabay)
Solar panels
Solar panels

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