ABOUT US

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.

MISSION
EOPA veterans who are lawmakers in D.C. meeting with US Senators to protect public lands.
WHY NOW
Our California efforts raised awareness about the need for divestment from fossil fuels.

Imperative for Leadership

Climate change and environmental harm are grave threats to our health, economy, and security. Record droughts, heat waves, wildfires, coastal flooding, ocean acidification, and storms are costing lives and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages in our communities.

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.  
Our Signatories

Building Leadership

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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.

 

OUR STORY
Representative Alex Cornell du Houx led a press conference with veterans combating climate change, at the White House.
OUR WORK
Our California efforts raised awareness about the need for divestment from fossil fuels.

Collective Leadership

Through visual value-based storytelling, we educate elected officials, media, and the public on the challenges and solutions to environmental issues and climate change.

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.

Our Team

Executive Director and Co-Founder Former Councilmember Caroline NY

Co-Founder and President
Former Maine State Rep

EOPA Director of Operations

EOPA California Co-Founder
CA East Bay Utility District Director

EOPA Code Blue Director
Fulbright Fellow, U.N. Press Fellow

EOPA Leadership Council
Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors

Co-Chair EOPA Leadership Council
New Mexico State Rep

Co-Chair EOPA Leadership Council
Oregon State Rep

EOPA California Co-Chair Mayor Culver City CA