It’s not enough to speak to those who already agree with us. We need to broaden support for climate action across the country, regardless of political affiliation. And we know it’s possible: Climate solutions like wind and solar energy are popular among people with a diverse array of political views — even among those who are skeptical of climate science.
And we need to show our elected officials the political cost for voting against forward-thinking climate policy, and the political benefits of supporting the policies their constituents want.
That's why we’re:
- Supporting first responders through our Solar Strong campaign, which calls for solar and battery backup solutions on every fire station across the country.
- Partnering with historic preservationists to raise awareness and save our nation’s historic sites from extreme weather and sea level rise.
- Working with local officials to increase energy efficiency and expedite the transition to clean energy in counties and towns across the country.
- Amplifying the voices of doctors and nurses who are seeing the devastating impacts of climate change on their patients’ health in their offices every day.
- Working with retired military leaders and veterans to speak about the impacts of the changing climate on critical military infrastructure.
At the core of these solutions lie values we can all agree on, from promoting public safety and improving community resilience, to protecting our families’ health and conserving our beautiful natural and historic areas.
Our national network is starting with the coastal states, where there’s a clear and present threat from sea level rise, extreme weather and storm surges. Almost half of the U.S. House of Representatives represent communities along the coast.
Environment Illinois and our national network have a track record of success in finding common ground among Americans with diverse political views. We helped win the recent passage of the Great American Outdoors Act — which secured billions in funding for our parks and public lands — and we’ve convinced states from Virginia to New Mexico to California commit to renewable energy.