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Climate Access

Individuals, institutions and organizations around the world are working to transform attitudes about climate change and close the gap between concern and action. But their efforts are hindered as climate practitioners struggle to stay on top of the latest research, evaluate which public engagement tools are most effective or coordinate with others to increase impact. Climate Access provides the knowledge that network practitioners need to take their communications to the next level.

Climate Access is a global network of climate and clean energy communicators, serving more than 2,000 members in 57 countries. Through Climate Access, members are connected to a diverse group of experts, cutting-edge research and proven techniques for mobilizing audiences to reduce emissions, prepare for impacts and support climate policies.  

Climate Access builds capacity through its:

Network: The Climate Access Network brings together climate practitioners across sectors, including policy makers, academics, campaigners, educators, health professionals and faith leaders. Members use this password-protected space to share best practices, collaborate between campaigns and develop rapid-response strategies at times of environmental crisis.

Research and analysisClimate Access tracks current public opinion and social science research and translates them into key trends, public engagement tools and new framing approaches. Our tip sheets and resources help turn complex ideas into winning strategies for climate communicators.

Trainings and events: Offered online and in person, our workshops allow climate practitioners to learn directly from top thinkers in the field. Participants are encouraged to problem solve collectively and walk away with practical advice for overcoming common challenges.

Since 2011, Climate Access has empowered climate practitioners to showcase the benefits of taking action and engage audiences as key players in responding to global warming. We’re helping move the conversation from a debate about science to one focused on local impacts and innovative solutions, where governments, businesses and individuals are all part of the shift towards sustainable, low-carbon communities.

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United States
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Climate Law & Policy Project

CLPP is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to develop and promote sound and safe policies to slow, stop, and ultimately reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and ensure that vulnerable communities are protected from climate impacts that cannot be avoided.

CLPP's work focuses on domestic and international climate policy. In particular, CLPP concentrates on policies that focus all resources on achieving reductions, rather than on making emissions more expensive.

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Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Western Clean Energy Campaign

The Western Clean Energy Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan network of organizations and individuals in the Western US working to promote a transition from reliance on aging coal-burning power toward clean, renewable energy.

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1536 Wynkoop St. Suite 420
80202 Denver , CO
United States
Colorado US
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Public Citizen

Corporations have their lobbyists in Washington, D.C. The people need advocates too.

Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since our founding in 1971, we have delved into an array of areas, but our work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.

For four decades, we have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. We have successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries, and many others. We are leading the charge against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide.

As the federal government wrestles with critical issues – fallout from the global economic crisis, health care reform, climate change and so much more – Public Citizen is needed now more than ever. We are the countervailing force to corporate power. We fight on behalf of all Americans – to make sure your government works for you.

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1600 20th Street NW
20009 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Health Care Without Harm

Who We Are

Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups.

Health Care Without Harm has regional offices in Reston, Virginia; Brussels; Buenos Aires and Manila. In other world regions, we work with Strategic Partners based in New Delhi, Durban, Dar es Saalam and elsewhere.

What We Do

"First Do No Harm" ... Together with our partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment.

To that end, we are working to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease.

For example, the incineration of medical waste is a leading source of dangerous air pollutants such as dioxin and mercury, and the use of hazardous chemicals indoors may contribute to the high rates of asthma among health care workers. The huge scale of the health care sector worldwide means that unhealthy practices — such as poor waste management, use of toxic chemicals, unhealthy food choices and reliance on polluting technologies — have a major negative impact on the health of humans and the environment.

The good news is that the health care sector can play a leading role in solving these problems. Due to its massive buying power, and its mission-driven interest in preventing disease, the health care sector can help shift the entire economy toward sustainable, safer products and practices.

Health Care Without Harm is at the center of this work to transform the health care sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice.

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12355 Sunrise Valley Dr Suite 680
20191 Reston , VA
United States
Virginia US
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GreenLaw

Who We Are

GreenLaw is a Georgia-based nonprofit law firm serving environmental and community organizations that have been adversely impacted by pollution.  We champion the right of every Georgian to breathe clean air, drink clean water, live in healthy communities, and enjoy our state’s natural beauty. GreenLaw uses its legal and technical expertise to compel unresponsive government agencies to enforce the law and industries to remedy serious water and air pollution violations across the state. These efforts have resulted in the installation of millions of dollars of new pollution controls and the clean-up of dirt and chemicals.

Our Mission

GreenLaw is dedicated to preventing air and water pollution that endangers human health and degrades Georgia’s natural resources. GreenLaw achieves these goals by providing free high quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia. By providing these critical services, GreenLaw succeeds in compelling government and industry to take the steps necessary to protect Georgia’s citizens and the environment. In all its work, GreenLaw champions the belief that every Georgian, young and old, rich and poor, has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, live in healthy communities, and enjoy our state’s natural beauty.
 

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State Bar of Georgia Building
104 Marietta St Suite 430
30303 Atlanta , GA
United States
Georgia US
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U.S. Climate Plan

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In October 2013, we released, The Plan: How the U.S Can Help Stabilize the Climate and Create A Clean Energy Future. The report looks at the shortcomings of current and proposed U.S. energy policies and proposes viable alternative policy solutions to reduce domestic emissions of greenhouse gases to levels scientists say are necessary and usher in a new era of American clean energy prosperity.

Engagement:

In addition to engaging the media, our constituents, and the American people, we are also engaging directly with our leaders in the White House and on Capitol Hill. We are planning briefings for the Senate and House on the legislative components of The Plan as well as working on engaging directly with the Obama Administration to move forward executive action.

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Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Physicians for Social Responsibility

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and peaceful world for both the present and future generations. PSR advocates on the issues you care about by addressing the dangers that threaten communities, using our medical and public health expertise to:

  • Prevent nuclear war and proliferation;
  • Reverse our trajectory towards climate change;
  • Protect the public and our environment from toxic chemicals;
  • Eliminate the use of nuclear power.
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1111 14th St, NW Suite 700
20005 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Olympic Climate Action

OCA is a group of local citizens concerned about climate change on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  Our members primarily live in Clallam County, at the northwest corner of the conterminous United States.

A huge problem looms, its causal factors are known, and its solutions, though challenging, are achievable.  To fail to act decisively would mean chaos for life as we know it.  Under these circumstances, who wouldn’t want to take on the challenge and prevent disaster?

The answer: those who benefit from the status quo.  For an analogy, take smoking- -for decades, the cigarette companies engaged in deceptive public-relations campaigns that actively promoted sickness and death, using the power of money to suppress the truth.  Now we have a far more lethal situation:  fossil fuel companies knowingly putting our planet in jeopardy for the sake of profit, and politicians and media often looking the other way, often afraid to act for a public that they fear is just not interested.

Ignoring this problem won’t make it go away.  The evidence of our changing climate and its deadly consequences is too pervasive to ignore, including historic increases in storms, flooding, drought, and wildfire.  Our Olympic Peninsula has a lot to lose as things heat up:  warmer, wetter winters and warmer, dryer summers, which translate into more winter flooding, summer drought, wildfire, and insect infestation.  And our oceans will be increasingly impacted by carbon-fueled acidification and changes in currents and upwelling.  These impacts will hurt homeowners, fish, wildlife, and major industries, including forest products, real estate, recreation/tourism, and fisheries.  We can also expect droves of people moving here from places where the problems will be even worse.

Because of the lag time between cause and effect in a system as large as the earth, these impacts will get worse before they get better, no matter how quickly we act.  But act quickly we must, to avoid the worst of the consequences for future generations.

Olympic Climate Action is one of many local groups organizing around the country and world to take decisive action now.  Our goal is to educate about the issues and alternatives, and to motivate local citizens and governments to aggressively support national, state, and local efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

To be effective and make our voice heard, we are asking for your help.  There are many ways in which you can participate, including simply joining our group and adding your voice to those calling for action.

Our mission:  We seek a safe, prosperous, sustainable future for residents of the Olympic Peninsula by addressing the threat of climate change.

Our objectives:
- Gather and share the best available science and traditional knowledge on probable local impacts of climate change and the best means to reduce (mitigate) and adapt to these impacts.
- Stimulate dialogue in the community about these issues.
- Advocate for mitigation and adaptation measures at every level.
- Serve as a hub for involvement by other local groups.

Please join us and help in any way you can, big or small.

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Olympic Peninsula WA
United States
Washington US
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United Methodist Church - General Board of Church & Society

The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The General Board has headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City. The General Secretary of the Board is Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe.

The General Board is defined by its five areas of ministry: (1) Public Witness and Advocacy (2) Administration (3) Ministry of Resourcing Congregational Life, (4)United Nations Ministry, (5) Communications.

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Washington D.C. Office
100 Maryland Ave N.E.
20002 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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