the United Nations Environment Programme Director
I would like to thank you for your commitment to clean energy and climate solutions. By donating to EESI through Global Giving, you have been making a difference in helping Congress understand energy and climate change.
This year has seen some major progress on efforts to reduce key (and very powerful) climate pollutants other than carbon dioxide. Methane, soot, tropospheric ozone, and HFCs are all highly potent climate pollutants.
Yet they remain in the atmosphere a relatively short time. This means that cutting their emissions can rapidly contribute to climate mitigation—a very important goal!
This year you—and your support—helped EESI push this issue forward. We held two high-impact, well-attended briefings and offered insights and discussed solutions in private meetings with Congressional offices, federal agency staff, other nonprofits, and key private sector players.
Briefing speakers included scientific experts and representatives from the Senate, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the State Department. At the second briefing, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner spoke, along with Sen. Chris Murphy.
The Ambassador of Micronesia attended the briefing. At the end, he stood up and took the microphone. The Ambassador explained that climate change is an existential issue for his small island country. He said that EESI’s briefing gave him hope.
EESI is working with Congressional offices to foster champions on issues like this. Congressional leaders play a critical role in advancing policy. They introduce legislation, hold hearings and briefings, speak out regularly, urge and support actions by the Administration, and request government studies.
Congressional offices want our help to keep moving this—and other clean energy and climate mitigation measures—forward. We're there to help them move these measures forward, with your support.
Your commitment does make a difference. Many people gave EESI glowing reviews on GreatNonprofits—the Yelp of nonprofits—making EESI a Top Rated nonprofit in 2013, for the third straight year. Jim Turner is one of them. He wrote:
I was a Congressional staffer for many years and worked for both political parties. Many of those years, I was working on topics within EESI's sphere of influence and regardless of my position, EESI was a trusted source of information for my colleagues on Capitol Hill and me, and a place I could turn to for more information. EESI has always had a very talented and knowledgeable group of people working for them. They are unparalleled in their primary niche of providing timely and objective information on a spectrum of environmental and energy topics to Capitol Hill. I hope they keep up the good work for many years to come.
You can feel confident that your money is being put to good use for energy and climate solutions. EESI will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year—and a long track record of policy accomplishments.
Moreover, Charity Navigator has just awarded its seventh consecutive Four Star rating to EESI. This demonstrates our strong financial management and commitment to transparency and accountability. Just two percent of the nonprofits that Charity Navigator rates have achieved this distinction—so you can feel confident about your support of EESI.
Thank you in advance for your continued partnership with EESI as a Global Giving donor.
Sen. Chris Murphy speaking at EESI's briefing
Micronesian Ambassador speaking at briefing