Local Action: My Reason for Climate & Health Optimism in 2022

Last year was difficult for many reasons, and with multiple COVID-19 variants, wildfires, extreme winter storms, record-breaking heat waves, and the third-most active Atlantic hurricane...

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Recording Now Available: “Welcoming 2022 with Climate Optimism”

The first Let’s Talk Climate episode of the year gave us lots of hope and inspiration through the topic, “Welcoming 2022 with Climate Optimism” with...

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Climate Action for Better Health: My Top 3 Resolutions for 2022

As a Global Health nurse interested in improving health worldwide, I am guided in part by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and recognize...

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Climate and health: reflections and resolutions

At the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, the U.S. recommitted to cut carbon emissions 50% by 2030 and reach carbon...

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Recording Now Available, “From Global to Local: What Does Planetary Health Mean for Me?”

In the last Let’s Talk Climate episode of 2021, The Planetary Health Alliance co-hosted a great discussion with Climate for Health about global initiatives and...

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Raise the Flag for Clean Air in Montana

“What causes dirty air?” asks the guest lecturer in a rural Montana classroom. “Fires” replied one student. “Cars” says another, quietly. “Fossil fuels” states another,...

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Watch Now, “Climate Action for Women’s Health & Better Birth Outcomes”

We are seeing the impacts of climate change all around us, and even in the face of a global pandemic, it continues to be the...

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Tribal Resiliency is Leading the Way for Climate Change Adaptation… Again

Climate change continues to impact health across the United States in numerous ways. In the last year alone, extreme weather events such as floods, landslides,...

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To Remain or Retreat? A Consideration of Climate Migration in Hawai’i

Bella Pucker is a student at Middlebury College graduating this February and Dr. Kealoha Fox is a Senior Advisor to the Institute for Climate and Peace, Climate...

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Mental Health and Our Changing Climate

America is facing one of the greatest opportunities for leadership in our history. We know that climate solutions are a health imperative. We can bring...

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Saving our Wetlands: A Climate Solution to Improve Community Health

How many times a day do you think about wetlands? Probably not too much. But I want to change that by writing this piece. You...

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Recording Available Now, “Advocating for Children’s Health: Tools from the 2021 Lancet Countdown”

The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration that monitors and reports annually on the relationship between health...

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Climate Impacts Children’s Mental Health: Tools for Support

It is not news that each year millions of people around the world experience mental health illness. How often do we think of the impact...

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Pediatric Health Societies Support Youth Leadership on Bold Climate Action

Over the past 8 months, the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP), has presented a series of symposia on mitigating the impact...

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Climate Solutions Benefit Children in Environmental Justice Communities

Almost ten years ago, I met Ms. Loretta Slater who had just lost her only daughter, Whitney, to breast cancer at the age of 21,...

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Phoenix Plants Hedges to Reduce Air Pollution Exposure for Kids

When the city of Phoenix partnered with Paideia Academies on a green infrastructure project, they anticipated some of the outcomes — like decreased pollutant levels and...

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A climate advocacy tool you’re not yet using – but should be!

Climate change isn’t coming for our children- It’s here.  With the newly released UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, issuing a ‘code red for...

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New piece in the Journal of Environmental Health, “Local Action, National Impact”

ecoAmerica’s most recent contribution to the National Environmental Health Association’s Journal of Environmental Health, “Local Action, National Impact” is now available in the October 2021 issue....

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Recording Now Available: How Doctors are Treating Patients by Treating Climate Change

Doctors know how to fight disease to keep their patients safe. From infectious disease to preventing strokes, they are constantly trying to stay ahead of...

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Children’s Environmental Health Day Proclamations: A Tool for Climate Action

Children’s Environmental Health Day is the second Thursday of October, and is a great opportunity to amplify climate advocacy. In a special episode of Let’s...

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Back to School: Nursing Leadership on Climate Solutions in the Classroom

Nurses are the most trusted leaders on climate solutions. As the 2021 school year starts, we have an incredible opportunity to support youth leadership on...

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HHS Establishes the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

On Monday, August 30, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE). This...

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New Resource from Trust for America’s Health, “Climate Change & Health: Assessing State Preparedness”

This week, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released the first two pieces in its new series of case studies that examine efforts by states or localities to...

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Want Doctors to Practice Planetary Health? Teach Advocacy Better. Here’s How…

My journey to climate advocacy started with a three week plastic-free challenge that happened to coincide with the start of my family medicine residency training...

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New Let’s Talk Climate episode, “Climate Change & Health Equity: Addressing Local Air Pollution”

Earlier this year, the Environmental Defense Fund published new research that showed a large and unequal health burden from air pollution in California’s Bay Area....

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New initiative at University of Colorado connects climate, work, and health

There is no denying it—climate change is bringing the heat. As the Pacific Northwest experiences one of the most significant heatwaves ever recorded, we are...

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Climate Advocates: Ten Tips for Self Care

Engaging with our climate emergency can feel overwhelming at times.  To do our best work, we all need to prioritize self-care every day.  Here are...

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New storytelling guide for health care professionals taking climate action

As health care professionals, we have a unique understanding of how the health of people,  communities, and the planet are interconnected – and the stories...

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Recording Available: “Live from NEHA’s AEC: Together a Safer and Healthier Tomorrow”

In the spirit of the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference theme, “Together a Safer and Healthier Tomorrow,” we co-hosted our most recent...

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Climate Solutions Last Longer than the News Cycle

Our attention spans have become more and more fleeting, and in the 18 months of sheltering in place and working from home, time has become...

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National Children’s Health and Climate Leadership Forum 2020: Summary of Conference Proceedings Key Actions

There is an urgent need to advance climate solutions to protect children, one of our most precious and vulnerable populations, from the harmful impacts of...

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Recording Now Available, “Disabilities & Disasters: A Path to More Inclusive Climate Solutions”

In a recent article, Krystal Vasquez, PhD Candidate at the California Institute of Technology, wrote about her experience studying air pollution from wildfires and her...

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NEHA Climate and Health Program: Climate and Health Fact Sheets

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has published seven fact sheets for our Climate and Health Program based on NEHA and ecoAmerica’s report “Emergency Preparedness...

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Recording Available for, “Mothers Know Best: Practical Advice for Climate Action”

Listen to your mother! The age-old saying can be true for advice on balancing work and home life, getting over a cold, on losing a...

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The Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on Child Mental Health

Two years ago, also in May, we had a period of brutally hot weather in middle Georgia.  In fact, I remember a week-long stretch where...

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Grief and Hope in a Changing Climate

In October of 2017, I had a panic attack as ash and smoke rained down on California’s Bay Area. Days before, winds at the rate...

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The Biden-Harris Administration’s First 100 Days: How Did they Fare on Climate, Health, and Equity?

For the special Let’s Talk Climate episode, “The Biden-Harris Administration’s First 100 Days: How Did they Fare on Climate, Health, and Equity?” Climate for Health...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) states, “During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness...

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New Podcast from the National Recreation and Park Association: Addressing Issues at the Intersection of Climate and Health

In celebration of April being Earth Month, and with Earth Day coming up on Thursday, we’re excited to be discussing a program focused on creating leaders for...

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Denial: Our Biggest Environmental Health Threat?

ecoAmerica’s most recent contribution to the National Environmental Health Association’s Journal of Environmental Health, “Denial: Our Biggest Environmental Health Threat?” was published in the May 2021...

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Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

To prevent pipes from freezing, set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55°F, an article tells me. I set the temperature to 55°F,...

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NEW: More than 100 Health Professionals and Organizations Support Recommendations on Climate, Health & Equity for HHS

Climate for Health joined over 100 health professionals and organizations to support a set of recommendations to build climate, health, and equity across the Department...

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This Earth Day, Let’s #RemodelforResilience

Earth Day has become synonymous with spring. Spring flowers, spring cleaning, spring faith traditions like Passover and Easter, and now Earth Day – a celebration...

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Join Us: National Health + Climate Forum at ACLS 2021

Coming out of a year of multiple crises and a decisive election, 2021 is our moment to forge a path forward to a stable climate starting with...

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COVID-19 and Climate Change: The Need for Equitable Solutions

The global climate crisis has challenged the COVID-19 response, further underlining the disproportionate impact of climate change on health. Communities vulnerable to climate related health...

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Climate of Health and Hope: New Opportunities for Public Health Professionals

A growing number of public health professionals find themselves responding to the urgent health impacts of climate change, whether they are prepared for this work,...

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We Need Climate Solutions that Prioritize Black Births

The recent winter storm, Uri, ravaged the southern U.S. leaving many families huddled together in a desperate search for warmth, electricity and potable water. In...

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New Research from ecoAmerica: Health Surpasses Jobs in Climate Action Support

ecoAmerica’s latest survey finds “health” at the top of the list of motivations for climate solutions — raking even higher than “jobs”. Twelve months of...

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Recording Now Available, “Health at the Root of Climate Justice”

Our health and our families’ health motivate us to act on ambitious and equitable climate solutions. Health is also at the root of climate justice....

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Reflections: Federal Action on Environmental Justice

This year is the 30th anniversary of the 1991 People of Color Environmental Summit, where the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice were set forth. These...

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It’s About People

As we enter a new presidency, a new era, and a new decade, we are still so divided on so many issues. In a time...

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The Office of Children’s Health Protection is a vital part of EPA’s Mission

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, sets and enforces regulations to ensure safe environments where we...

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Talk About Climate Change, It Makes a Difference

When talking about climate change, I often ponder how to reach out to more audiences, how to cross barriers, how to carry the compelling message...

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Climate, Health, and Equity Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration

Health and medical experts agree that climate change is a health emergency – one of the greatest threats to human health that America has ever...

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Recording Now Available, “Hindsight is 2020: Our Climate & Health Goals for 2021”

Last week, we hosted the first health-focused Let’s Talk Climate episode this year, Hindsight is 2020: Our Climate & Health Goals for 2021. As a...

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New Year, New Attitude Towards Climate

As I look forward to a new year, I cannot forget all that has arisen this past year. From wildfires to COVID-19 to the presidential...

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New NEHA Climate Change Position Statement

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has published a new Climate Change Position Statement in 2020. Through its second published climate change position statement, NEHA...

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Supporting Youth-Led Climate Action in San Marcos, CA

Can I tell you how happy I am that I found the Climate for Health Ambassadors program? I was environmentally conscious, hoping others felt the...

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New Climate Change & Health Report Assesses States’ Preparedness

This week, Trust for America’s Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a new report, Climate Change & Health: Assessing State...

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New Lancet Countdown Report Recommends Swift Action to Achieve Health Equity through Climate Action

On December 2, the 2020 global report of the Lancet Countdown on Health & Climate Change was released, along with the Policy Brief for the...

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ecoAmerica’s newest piece in NEHA’s Journal of Environmental Health

ecoAmerica’s most recent contribution to the National Environmental Health Association’s Journal of Environmental Health was published in the December 2020 issue, “Ambition, Restoration, and Justice:...

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Two Climate for Health Leadership Circle Members Call for a National Institute of Climate Change and Health

In a recent opinion piece in Scientific American, Drs. Howard Frumkin and Richard J. Jackson make the case for creating a National Institute of Climate Change...

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Fight or Flight? Ideas on Building Resilient Communities

Since moving away from California eight years ago, I’ve longed to come back home. I spent the first 18 years of my life in the...

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Blooming Large: Tracking the Health Risks of Harmful Algae in a Tribal Community

The Salish Sea spans through what is currently known as Washington State and British Columbia and is blessed with an abundance of resources that have...

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Climate Ready Tribes Spotlight: Pala Band of Mission Indians

The United States is home to more than 570 individual federally-recognized Indian tribes. Each one of these distinct Tribal nations is facing the challenge of...

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Watch Now, “Ambassadors in Action: Health Advocacy for Climate Solutions”

On our most recent Let’s Talk Climate episode, we were joined by Dr. Neelu Tummala, an ear, nose, and throat physician and clinical assistant professor...

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Southeast Alaska Tribes Face Climate Change with Partnership

Southeast Alaska is a place like no other. Coastal brown bears stalk the shores, old growth forests grow tall and salmon serve as the lifeblood...

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Introducing the National Indian Health Board Climate Ready Tribes Initiative

Every summer when I was a child, my father took my brother and me over to our Blackfeet reservation near Browning, Montana, for a big...

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Watch the Recording, “Vote Kids: Climate Change and the 2020 Election”

As we prepare to enter the voting booth this Election Day, partisan politics may dominate the headlines, but there are far more important issues at...

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Safe Water for Families

My commute to Manati, a town located in the northwestern part of the island of Puerto Rico, was a time of relaxation away from the...

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Dr. Plastic Picker: How I decided to go All In on Climate Solutions

Plogging is jogging while picking trash. Plalking is walking while litter-picking. Plurfing is gathering plastic while surfing. #fillabag is when you find a bag and...

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​Using Tools We Have to Ensure a Healthy Environment for Children

Last summer, one of my patients, a 10-year-old boy I’ll call James, came to see me for a sports physical before starting a summer sports...

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It’s Time to Wake Up to Threat of Climate Change, and to Act

As pediatricians and trainees, we have all experienced moral awakenings that have compelled us to take action to protect children.  As I step outside each...

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Climate Action for Children’s Health

As a Pediatrician, I am well-versed in providing guidance to families to keep their kids healthy.  Cut back on sugary drinks.  At least 1 hour...

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​Opportunities for Pediatric Leadership: Wildfire Smoke a Growing Threat to Vulnerable Children

Halloween. Daylights Savings. Wildfire smoke. Evacuations. Power outages. All of these things are associated with transitions from summer to fall in Northern California. This year...

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A Pediatrician’s Journey into Climate Advocacy

I am a pediatrician and I advocate on behalf of America’s greatest resource – our children.  The first patient that died under my care was...

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Celebrating Children’s Health Month in October: Actions & Resources

Time is harder to keep track of these days, and we continue to face compounding crises assaulting our health, environment, democracy, and economy. But, just...

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Miami University (OH) Commits to a Sustainable Future on the Autumn Equinox

On September 22, 2020, the first day of autumn, an equinox occurred marking when the sun passed directly over the earth’s equator. Prior to and...

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Insight into Climate Change & Local Preparedness Efforts with NACCHO

In the present moment, and mere days before World Environmental Health Day on September 26, the intersection between climate change and preparedness is, sadly, quite...

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Recording Available: A Vote for Health is a Vote for Climate

In the midst of a global pandemic, with climate disasters raging across the country, many Americans are laser focused on one date: November 3. “The...

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Leading U.S. Health Organizations Call for Action on Mental Health and Climate Change

Last month, as part of American Climate Leadership Summit 2020, 17 national organizations publicly announced the Social Climate Leadership Group (SCLG), a newly formed effort...

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Perspectives on Climate Change, COVID-19, and Public Health from Utah

Path to Positive Utah and board member of our partner Utah Clean Energy Dr. Jeff Robison, the director of the Global, Rural, and Underserved Child...

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Climate for Health Ambassadors Training at NACCHO 360

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) partnered with ecoAmerica to host a Climate for Health Ambassadors training on July 6, 2020. This training...

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Then and Now: Dismantling Systemic Racism for Equity

Although the recent swell of a global pandemic and exposure of the deep-rooted heinous incidents of police brutality have incited protests, triggered a wave of...

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Energy Justice: A Public Health Issue

On a recent Let’s Talk Climate episode, I sat down with Surili Patel from the American Public Health Association (APHA) to discuss one of their...

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Taking action to improve health: Advocacy resources and success stories from health care sector

Health professionals have an ethical responsibility to take action to protect the health of our patients and communities. They have a unique opportunity to influence...

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Engaging the Health Sector in Climate Action

On this special episode of ecoAmerica’s Let’s Talk Climate series, I had a conversation with Gloria Barrera, RN, and Jerome Paulson, MD, about engaging their...

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Georgia Chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics Adopts a Resolution on Climate Change and Child Health

In February, the Georgia American Academy of Pediatrics’ Board of Directors voted to adopt a resolution on climate change and child health. The resolution, now...

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Vote for Children’s Environmental Health and Equity

Our children are our most valuable resources, yet their health and that of their families and communities have not been at the forefront of our...

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National Association of School Nurses joins Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health to Advance Climate Solutions and Promote Child Health

“There is nothing more important to the health of our children than the health of our planet.” With this assertion, Janis Hogan, Maine’s National Association...

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NEW Research on Climate Change & Birth Outcomes

Last September, JAMA Network Open (JNO), the online, open-access version of one of the country’s most highly regarded medical journals, put out a “call for...

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Environmental Racism, Climate Justice, and Health

On June 11, I had the honor and privilege to engage in an energizing and powerful conversation about “Environmental Racism, Climate Justice, and Health” with...

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“Motherhood in a Changing Climate: Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes” Recording Now Available

We premiered our Let’s Talk Climate webcast series with a trio of speakers sharing information and insights on the impacts climate change is having on...

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Children’s Health & Climate Change: A Moment of Reflection on Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics and ecoAmerica took a moment to reflect on our partnership...

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Anticipated Impacts of the Climate Crisis on Women’s Health: A Call to Action

Our fundamental mission as healthcare providers is to protect the health of our patients. While heroic worldwide efforts are underway to combat COVID-19, the greatest...

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Greener Parks are a Quality of Life Benefit

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed how important local outdoor spaces are for comfort, activity and solitude. Many people are finding a new...

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Introducing ecoAmerica’s Webcast Series: LET’S TALK CLIMATE

The must-attend, go-to webcast discussion for the most current and best thinking on climate change ecoAmerica is introducing Let’s Talk Climate to provide guidance and support to...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The last few months have posed a unique challenge for all of us: stay away from each other in order to stay healthy. Physical distancing...

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New Resources from the American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity

COVID-19 and the practice of physical distancing have recently challenged families and educators in unprecedented ways. Many caregivers and young people are feeling restless and...

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Clinicians for Planetary Health: Community in the Time of COVID-19

Today we want to celebrate the amazing work being done by each and every one of you— whether you are on the frontlines of treating patients, educating your...

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Climate Leadership Amidst COVID-19

We’re all trying to orient ourselves to a new world. We are amidst a fast-moving pandemic and economic contraction, and immediately concerned about our families...

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Changing Climate Concerns with Food Safety: Shellfish in Virginia

As the changing climate continues to challenge our planet, a most noticeable impact has affected our coastal waters. Ocean water temperatures are becoming warmer. Accordingly,...

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Now Available: “Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity”

Climate for Health was thrilled to host the webinar, Mobilizing Action for Climate, Health, and Equity, as part of National Public Health Week 2020.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMMQOSv_pNQ[/embed]We heard...

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Earth Day is Everybody’s Movement: Announcing When the Earth Moves Video Premiere

When the Earth Moves reclaims the authentic story and original vision of Earth Day as a bipartisan and socially just environmental movement and highlights the...

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Leading a Call to Action: How Oregon Public Health Association brought partners together to declare climate change a public health emergency in Oregon

“More than 500 Oregon Health Leaders Declare Climate Change A Public Health Emergency” – this was the headline of a story playing on the local...

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Congratulations to the American Climate Leadership Awards Winners!

Thank you to all who joined us at the American Climate Leadership Awards Virtual Ceremony on March 25! Congratulations to the winner, CALPIRG Students, who...

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Tune In On Wednesday: American Climate Leadership Awards

Please join us for the American Climate Leadership Awards Virtual Ceremony this Wednesday, March 25, at 1pm ET via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/850161088. We received over 200 submissions...

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How the National Environmental Health Association Is Walking the Talk on Climate and Health

Q: Share some recent ways that NEHA has been walking the talk on climate and health?A: The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) was honored to...

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American Climate Leadership Summit 2020 Rescheduled

In the interest of our individual and collective health and wellbeing, ecoAmerica is rescheduling the American Climate Leadership Summit to August 26-27, 2020. Given current...

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Climate Change as a Priority for School Nurses

“I’ve made it a priority to advocate for healthy environments, and raise awareness on climate change as a school nurse and nursing professor. One of...

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Climate for Health Ambassadors in Action: Climate Change Grand Rounds

Last week I gave a presentation entitled “The Health Effects of Climate Damage” for Grand Rounds in the Department of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth...

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National Children’s Health and Climate Leadership Forum

The National Children’s Health and Climate Leadership Forum will bring together more than 100 leaders from organizations dedicated to children’s well-being to increase awareness, inspire...

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CLIMATE Advances: Creating CHANGE In Government

Great news at the state level in the Commonwealth of Virginia: Changes are taking place in state government to address Climate.After a series of recent...

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New Resource Announcement: Climate for Health Moving Forward Guide

Climate change is the greatest health threat of our time, and in response, health professionals across the U.S. and around the world are stepping into...

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Utah Climate for Health Ambassadors Training

Earlier this month, I attended the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. As someone who is heavily...

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Faith, Health, and Climate: Finding Connections and Building Bridges

Editor’s note: Climate for Health and Blessed Tomorrow invited two leaders to share their thoughts on the intersections of faith and health in addressing climate...

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Give Babies A Fighting Chance

ecoAmerica’s Let’s Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Americans encourages us to:Connect climate action to moral responsibility for future generationsFocus on family and childrenHighlight healthProject a...

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The Moral Imperative to Improve Planetary Health Through Climate Solutions

While there may be different motivations and pathways, studies and scripture have led us to the same conclusion: faith and health leaders alike recognize the...

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Every Child Has the Right to Thrive in a Healthy Environment

We love our children. And that comes with certain responsibilities. Providing them with clean air, clean water, and healthy sustainable communities with access to natural...

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Responding to Climate Change Means Investing in School Health: #ChildrenAtTheCenter

While there are several sources of carbon emissions that contribute to global temperature rise, the buildings sector accounts for 39% of annual US carbon emissions...

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New Resource from PSR- Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change Has Created a Public Health Emergency

In a new white paper, Physicians for Social Responsibility Board Member, Dr. Alan Lockwood, has drawn on the content of the three major climate reports...

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NEW Talking Points: Protect Clean Air, Protect Our Health

For almost 50 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been fulfilling its mission to protect human health and the environment. In fact, before the...

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APHA’s Climate Change and Health Needs Assessment

Climate change presents increasingly serious, complex challenges to the public’s health. In response to these challenges, the American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity inspires...

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New Active Transportation and Climate Change Infographic from the American College of Sports Medicine

By biking, walking, and rolling you are improving your physical and mental health and addressing one of the biggest contributors to climate change – emissions from...

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Climate for Health joins over 70 health and medical groups to launch The Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity

Last week, we joined more than 70 health and medical groups to launch The Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda to...

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Nurses Take Climate Action: MGH Institute of Health Professions joins the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health

Today the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) and Climate for Health announced that the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health, a nurse-led initiative...

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Resources from our Live Twitter Chat with Salud America! on Air Quality and Pollution

On Tuesday, June 11 Climate for Health co-hosted a live Tweetchat with Salud America! on the topic of air quality and pollution. We used the...

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Taking action on climate change to improve public health

This July, the American Public Health Association is bringing students and early-career professionals from all over the country to Washington, D.C., to speak for health....

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Summer is Coming: Climate Change and Air Quality Resources for Parents and Kids

Summer means playing outside, swimming at the pool, and, according to the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, unique climate impacts to...

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Turning Research into Action: Lessons from the American Climate Leadership Summit 2019

Climate change is a health emergency and requires collaboration across sectors; from healthcare professionals to research scientists, from urban planners to nonprofit organizations, from seasoned...

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Asthma, Allergies, and Climate Change

I live in Washington, DC and every morning when I walk outside, there is a thin layer of pollen that has accumulated…everywhere! I have a little...

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A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health

The Lancet, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals, published “A Call for Clinicians to Act on Planetary Health” on April 19, 2019,...

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Promoting Maternal and Children’s Health: Women’s Health Nurses Fight Climate Change

While climate change affects human health in various ways, certain populations, such as pregnant women, the developing fetus, and children are more vulnerable to climate-related...

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Evidence-based Advice for Talking about Climate Change

Talking to people about climate change can feel like a tightrope act.  You need to snag their interest, and you want them to understand why...

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Health Is A Major Motivator for American Climate Action

Last fall, several national and international academies issued reports on the impacts of climate change, including on human health. From the IPCC to NCA4, WHO,...

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Climate change and health are inherently local: rural or urban, climate change impacts us all

Images, photos, and news coverage of climate change impacts tend to zoom in on the urban consequences- flooding in the streets after a large rain...

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Nurses utilize ecoAmerica’s research to inform outreach on climate change and health in the Nurses Climate Challenge

Throughout the years, nurses have played a vital role in addressing the many environmental hazards that affect human health. From advocating for safe workplace conditions...

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Turning Climate Panic Into Progress: Your Talking Points

[caption id="attachment_3723" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash[/caption] If Americans are hearing anything about climate change, it is likely the bad news. Our...

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Climate Attitudes Differ in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Living

[caption id="attachment_3704" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Brendan Church on Unsplash[/caption] Climate change impacts all Americans, but presents itself differently in every corner of the U.S.,...

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New Hope for Action: Key Republican Climate Attitudes Shift

As we transition into 2019 and welcome a new Congress, there is renewed hope for climate action. While political gridlock remains the greatest impediment to...

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NEHA’s Declaration on 100% Clean Energy by 2030

As part of the National Environmental Health Association’s partnership with Climate for Health, we are addressing climate change through clean energy solutions. NEHA’s Board of...

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Climate Priorities for the New U.S. Congress

Last month’s election results sent a clear message: Americans consider climate change a top priority, and they want elected office holders to act. As the...

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Climate Change is Making Headlines: How to Talk About it

Starting meaningful conversations about climate change with our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and policymakers has been a challenge in the past. How do you bring up...

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Serving Up Climate Conversations for Thanksgiving

[caption id="attachment_3537" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo from Pixabay user MaggiePoo[/caption] It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are being carved, meals are being prepared, and most...

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72% of Americans Say Climate Solutions Should be a Higher Priority

Last month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their special report outlining the consequence of a changing climate, and the measures...

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OUR FUTURE V. THE UNITED STATES

[caption id="attachment_3451" align="alignleft" width="300"] Robin Loznak/ Our Children’s Trust[/caption] October is traditionally celebrated as children’s health month. This is a time to bring attention to health...

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Climate as a Voting Issue, Part 2: A Majority of Americans Would Vote for a Climate Candidate

With elections just around the corner, and recent news coverage about politicians talking about climate change, Americans are beginning to think about the candidates and issues they...

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NEHA and Climate for Health Release New Video Addressing Climate Change Impacts & Solutions

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in partnership with Climate for Health, a program of ecoAmerica, has developed a five-minute video featuring NEHA members’ success stories addressing climate change...

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Voting and Climate Change: Talking Points

The midterm elections are just around the corner, and many Americans are beginning to have political discussions with their friends and families, colleagues, and communities....

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Put Children’s Environmental Health at the Center This Election Season

Extreme weather conditions linked to climate change have impacted the environment, economy, and health of communities throughout the world. Recently in the U.S. alone there...

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Children’s Health Protection is a Critical Measure of Success in Addressing Climate Change

The voices of health professionals on climate solutions have been steadily rising and the health sector is stepping up to mitigate our own climate impact...

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Climate as a Voting Issue, Part 1: September American Climate Perspectives Survey

This election season has been filled with reports showing the widening partisan divide in America. Opinion gaps are growing on topics such as poor and...

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Climate change and the built environment: it’s time to make changes

Louisiana is known as a sportsman’s paradise, Florida is vacationland and, as we all know, everything is bigger in Texas. Unfortunately, that can be a...

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Climate Change Can Bring Us Together: 5 Simple Rules for Climate Advocacy

Everywhere we turn it seems we bump up against something political. The news we watch, the athletes we support and even the restaurants where we...

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Are Americans Connecting Severe Weather to Climate Change?

Throughout the country, Americans are noticing something different about the weather. The seasons feel warmer, wildfires seem worse, and floods and hurricanes are more severe....

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Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Talking Points

Whether Americans are looking out their windows, or turning on the local news, we are increasingly confronted by severe weather events — unprecedented droughts, storms,...

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Public Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Associated with Climate Change

Nurses approach health from a holistic and comprehensive viewpoint. That holistic view of health is foundational to advocacy work I do as a member of...

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Three Takeaways on Nuclear Power Survey

Within the climate community, one of the greatest areas of debate is the role of nuclear energy in the mix of climate solutions. Nuclear power...

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July is Climate Change & Children’s Health Month

ecoAmerica and Climate for Health are joining the Children’s Environmental Health Network to put #ChildrenAtTheCenter. In January, CEHN launched a monthly education-to-action series as part...

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Health Leaders Explore Opportunities to Increase Climate Change Mitigation and Advocacy

Download Summary On May 15, ecoAmerica and Climate for Health convened more than 50 health leaders for the National Climate and Health Leadership Forum, co-hosted...

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Humans Have a Right to Clean Air and a Healthy Climate

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all people are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are...

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Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health: Making the Connection

As nurses, we know that clean air is essential for human health. Yet many people in the United States are living in areas with unhealthy...

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2018 June American Climate Perspectives: Mid-Year Summary

Americans’ attitudes on climate are changing, and the change is in a positive direction. To better understand how these views are evolving, and what that...

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Now Available: June Talking Points

Download Talking Points The discourse around a warming world often gets hung up on politics, but what Americans really care about — and want to...

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NEHA Members’ Climate and Health Awareness: Challenges, Growth, and Solutions

Addressing climate change can be overwhelming and daunting. However, NEHA and its Climate Change Program are up for the challenge. NEHA is meeting this task...

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A Closer Look: the Influence of Health and Faith on Climate

Are Americans looking to leaders outside of the political arena for guidance on climate change? ecoAmerica and Lake Research Partners set out to find this...

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Climate changes tribal and indigenous health

Climate change is today’s greatest public health challenge. While all of us will experience the health impacts of climate change, some groups, including tribal communities, are...

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Visualizing Environmental & Climate Injustice in Rockport, Texas

I often struggle to instill in undergraduate nursing students the concept of inequity and why this is an important concept to understand for their nursing practice....

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Now Available: April Talking Points

A clean energy future is within our grasp. We can have locally-made energy from the wind and the sun that ensures our air is clean...

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Examining what impacts biking behavior beyond the bike lane: Climate and health co-benefits

We’ve all heard the expression, “If you build it, they will come.” Does it apply to bike lanes and cyclists? If we paint some lanes...

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Accelerating Health Leadership on Climate Solutions: New Polling Results Indicate Americans’ Changing Attitudes

Isaac Newton’s third law of motion is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Recalling our physics lessons might give us some insight...

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Collective nursing leadership: Addressing climate change now and in the future

Since the start of our profession, nurses have made the connection between a healthy environment and improved health. Having clean air to breathe and clean...

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Honoring Our Heritage, Leaving a Legacy: Environmental Health and Climate Change

“Legacy” is defined, in part, as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor from the past.” We often think about legacies in...

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Now Available: February Talking Points

Health professionals have always been on the front lines of caring for their patients and advocating for solutions to America’s most pressing public health concerns....

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A Path to Positive on Climate in 2018

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it...

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1 Year In: Poll Finds Trump Stirring Climate Attitudes, Action

Most of what Americans heard from the Trump Administration in its first year focused on dismissing climate change as a human-made problem, undermining the legitimacy...

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Welcome to Climate Talking Points! Your New Tools

It can be hard to have a positive discussion on climate change. It is a complex issue. Many of us are in our ideological information...

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ACLS 2017 Recommendations Report: Taking Up the Health Mantle

It’s here! The Recommendations Report from the 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit, “Taking Up the Mantle,” was published at the close of last year. On October 25 and 26,...

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