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You have a choice.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely one of many Americans who cares about the health of our natural resources and making sure they’re still there down the road to nourish and sustain our children. You’re also one of many Americans who has watched recently as the progress we’ve made as a society to protect our planet is undermined.
But as a friend of EarthShare, you also know that we like to focus on solutions. You are an important part of that.
This June, EarthShare is launching new initiatives to accelerate positive environmental change through the collaborative power of motivated businesses, individuals, and our nationwide network of environmental and conservation organizations. We believe we are more powerful when we join forces, and that’s why we’re reaching out to you now for your support.
Please consider making a donation this April in honor of Earth Month, and in the spirit of working together to protect what’s worth fighting for: Clean, breathable air. Drinkable water. Green, open spaces and ancient forests. Walkable communities and healthy schools. Renewable energy solutions. Wildlife and the habitat that is their home. Our children’s future.
You do have the power to protect what matters to you. You can make a secure online donation through our website now that makes it possible for America’s oldest environmental coalition and our hundreds of member organizations to continue the work we do protecting people and the planet we all live on.
Never doubt that you have a choice about our environment’s future. As long as we have the support of people like you, we’ll continue to bring you solutions and care for our most valuable asset: a healthy environment.
Thank you from all of us at EarthShare
P.S. Consider setting up a monthly gift through EarthShare and watch it grow – just $10 per month becomes an annual donation of $120 and helps us collaborate for solutions all year long!
Announcing the EarthShare Corporate Alliance
Making Sustainability Engaging – and Easy
WASHINGTON, DC. April 12, 2017 / – While impacts from our changing climate continue to mount in our communities, in the natural world, and in the business sector, the current political circumstances have also ignited renewed interest in the role business can play in ensuring a sustainable future. Increasingly, today’s workforce is raising expectations about the role companies have in advancing corporate sustainability and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which can present some challenges for employers.
Enter the EarthShare Corporate Alliance.
In June, EarthShare is launching an innovative, turn-key solution to help companies educate their employees about their changing world and empower them with opportunities to create tangible, positive environmental and social impact. Alliance membership provides year-round access to unique, topical content about our changing climate, meaningful educational activities, networking opportunities, targeted personal giving, and more.
“EarthShare’s mission is to accelerate the pace of positive environmental change through the collaborative power of motivated businesses, individuals, and our nationwide network of environmental and conservation organizations,” says Meri-Margaret Deoudes, EarthShare’s CEO. “We listened to the needs of the CSR community and the EarthShare Corporate Alliance is the result. Delivering an easily administered, relevant, and compelling program to our partners will help them inspire the commitment needed from their employees for progress.”
Easy, current, adaptable.
The business community is increasingly making significant commitments to address climate change and sustainability. With nearly 30 years of experience in engaging private and public sector employees around environmental issues, EarthShare understands the purposeful connection between employees and a company’s sustainability mission. Alliance member companies are given the tools needed to provide their employees with a well-rounded perspective about the impacts of our changing climate on our food, water, energy, and economic systems. Other customized content builds awareness around the impacts of partner-specific industries. The program allows managers to decide how to strategically leverage content and other Alliance member benefits to galvanize their employees’ commitment and progress toward specific goals.
Green corporate values resonate.
Employees aren’t the only stakeholders interested in a company’s sustainability and social responsibility commitments these days. Growing numbers of consumers and potential future hires are considering the social benefit activities of companies when choosing where to invest time, money, and talent. Alliance membership offers enhanced visibility as a socially responsible business through a variety of coalition-building resources, including messaging and graphics that can be used in sustainability reporting, annual reports, industry and vendor communications, and social media.
Whether seeking to deepen an existing commitment to corporate sustainability goals or begin the journey, partners in the EarthShare Corporate Alliance and other EarthShare at Work programs are empowered with tools to meet the needs of every workplace — and the needs of our changing planet.
For more information about the EarthShare Corporate Alliance program, engage today: Mary MacDonald, Mary@EarthShare.org
EarthShare was founded in 1988 by America’s leading national environmental and conservation organizations with a clear mission: connecting workplaces to environmental causes. Together we have raised more than $300 million to change the landscape of environmental protection and preservation.
Today, EarthShare is your 501(c)(3) partner working at the intersection of the environmental community and corporate America to amplify sustainability efforts by galvanizing the power of employees. With an established member network of nearly 600 of America’s most respected nonprofits behind us, we can help you channel the passion for purpose in your evolving workforce to ensure a sustainable future.
Robin Perkins, Director, Communications & Marketing
robin @ earthshare.org
Oil and gas development could soon dot the landscape and pollute the air of some of Colorado’s most prized recreation lands.
President Trump is expected to revoke protections for millions of acres of sensitive ocean habitat in Alaska’s Arctic and the nation’s Atlantic Ocean.
Defending Science with Dr. Gretchen Goldman
From hurricane forecasting to product testing, scientific research plays a vital role in keeping Americans safe and healthy. But this work is under threat with Congress and the new administration proposing significant federal agency budget cuts and environmental rollbacks.
On April 22, 2017, scientists will descend on Washington, DC for the March on Science, a mass demonstration to champion evidence-based policies and speak out against recent attacks on scientific research and the environment.
We spoke with Dr. Gretchen Goldman, research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), to explain the situation leading up to this historic moment. She says that while scientists are alarmed by these new threats, they have also never been more willing to get politically involved.
Your background is in environmental engineering and atmospheric science. How did you end up doing advocacy?
I researched the health effects of air pollution in grad school, and it became apparent to me that the reasons we don’t have cleaner air is because of policy. So I moved to Washington, DC to try and get into policy work – it felt very action-oriented. I had known about the Union of Concerned Scientists in school and admired their smart balance of science and advocacy. I’ve been working here for five years and it’s been as great as I imagined it would be.
There are large gaps in scientific consensus on issues like climate change, and what the public believes. Who is doing the best work in communicating science and closing this gap?
There’s a wealth of research on science communications now. At UCS we try to incorporate social science knowledge to make sure it’s appropriate to specific audiences.
As a society we’re kind of obsessed with polling data, but we also need to think about how we get action. We didn’t advance civil rights in the 1960s because we changed everyone’s mind. It’s not necessarily about convincing people – it’s about effective political action.
There’s been a lot of ink spilled over the idea that we live in a “post-truth” society. Do you agree with that idea?
It’s important that we don’t throw up our hands and say “facts don’t matter”. I’m more concerned about the places where those facts and policies affect real people. The administration and Congress can’t hide from that. There’s a lot we can and should do to push back and prevent the damaging real-world impacts these policies could have.
What should the relationship be between scientific research and its practical applications?
I think the scientific community is struggling with that. Many scientists are now realizing that science is political and that our values include things like diversity and ethics. UCS was founded because people were concerned about the use of science for military applications. This moral question is at our organization’s core. Ultimately, the goal of science is to serve society.
With groups like 314 Action (an organization recruiting scientists to run for public office), we’re beginning to see more scientists get involved in politics. Do you think this trend is likely to continue?
I hope so. I’ve been amazed at how much interest in policy the scientific community is displaying – it’s on a whole new level. Historically, scientists have been reticent to be political, but that reticence is gone. They’re starting to say “What can I do? I want to do more than sign a letter”. It’s been incredible to see groups like 314 Action and 500 Women Scientists come up organically. That it’s happening outside traditional organizations gives people a new perspective and shows how much passion there is.
Tell us more about the upcoming March for Science and how UCS is getting involved.
UCS is partnering with the march because we believe that science is the foundation is a strong democracy and we need to protect that. UCS will have a group marching at both the March for Science and the People’s Climate March. I attended Boston’s Science March on February 19. It was so exciting to see the thousands that came out and all the fantastically nerdy signs and people in lab coats. I also marched with a group of scientists at the Women’s March in January. It’s a lot of people realizing that they’ve been marching all along, but now their identifying themselves as scientists and joining together.
What else is UCS focusing on now?
We’ve just launched a website, ucsusa.org/attacksonscience that documents all the ongoing attacks on science from both Congress and the Trump administration. Some of the things we’re tracking include the removal of data from agency websites, funding cuts, gag orders on federal science communications, and the politicization of federal contracts. We’re also accepting anonymous tips from federal employees on abuses at http://www.ucsusa.org/center-science-democracy/promoting-scientific-integrity/how-to-securely-share-information-about-scientific-integrity-abuses.
Federal agencies keep us safe in ways we aren’t even aware of. Cutting programs at place like the EPA will be detrimental to public health and safety.
How can the average person support this work?
People can sign up for our activist network to stay informed, talk to decision-makers, and write letters to the editor. We work with thousands of citizens and scientists to push back on attacks on science. Our Science Network also has a lot of resources and tools for scientists looking engage in the policy process and communicate their work.
What excites you most about this work?
I’ve always cared about this work, but I feel like I have newfound purpose. It’s so clear now the value of what we’re doing and why it matters to people. When UCS launched the Center for Science and Democracy, its focus was abstract to me, but now it feels like we were born for this moment. This is exactly the kind of institution we need right now.
President Trump is expected to undo an Obama-era rule that prevented new drilling in much of the Arctic Ocean, once again opening up Alaska’s Arctic and the nation’s Atlantic shores to dangerous offshore oil drilling.
Drew comes with a wealth of experience in environmental policy, having worked for President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for the past six years.