Empowering Leadership for the Environment, Public Health, and Climate Change
We are a network of over a thousand state and local elected officials from all 50 states committed to solving the climate crisis while protecting our communities, public health, and environment.
By empowering elected officials to protect public health, local economies, and communities, we are shifting the mainstream standard for climate leadership to action on the scale of the crisis our fossil fuel based economy has created.
We are laying the groundwork for national climate policy to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Fossil fuel production causes critical health conditions and devastate low income community. Our policies to protect our health and disadvantaged communities more than justifies the transition to a 100% clean energy economy.
We will help create a national clean energy economy that will generate thousands of good paying jobs.
Find out what we are doing on the national level HERE.
Imperative for Leadership
The federal government’s National Climate Assessment predicts economic losses will exceed the GDP of many states, and our military is responding to climate change as a key threat to national security.
According to the United Nations, we only have 11 and a half years left before extreme weather conditions become the norm. If nothing is done, millions will die across the globe. Mass migration will start conflicts. These wars will add to the starvation. We are at a tipping point.
We have to take action now. We need leadership.
With federal action stalled, state and local levels must lay groundwork for national climate policy. Yet very few state and local officials are prioritizing climate change; not enough elected officials are aware of the crisis’s severity, imperative action to solve it, and how their voices can turn the tide.
Since 2015, we have mobilized hundreds of state and local lawmakers from every state.
We started organizing our peer elected officials at the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009. EOPA was originally started with seven current and former state representatives, mayors, and elected officials from California, Maine, New York, and North Carolina.
We held a press conference and participated in the historic Paris Climate Change Accord, highlighting our sign on letter demanding high climate change standards.
We’ve met with U.S. Senators and
Representatives on Capitol Hill to progress legislation that became law. We’ve met with White House officials. We’ve helped laws pass at the state level.
We have trained lawmakers in 45 state capitals and at national elected officials conferences, and organized 3,000 of our peers to create and enact policy.
From trainings to messaging solutions, we empower elected officials to create and advance strong policy solutions.
We connect and organize lawmakers to support policies that protect public health, the environment and grow clean energy jobs, while empowering courageous leadership on climate change.
Learn more about our ongoing work in states HERE.