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US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. President Barack Obama described climate change as one of the key challenges of our time Monday as he announced the first ever limits on US power plant emissions. As a step to try to adapt, Obama announced power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.        AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Obama’s Messaging About the Clean Power Plan Resonates With Americans

The key to good climate communication is to understand what’s important to people, and show how climate change affects those things. In President Obama’s recent remarks announcing the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan, he did just that.   Our research has shown that Americans put their families first, and are still firmly committed to the […]

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Why Fathers Should Care About Climate Change

Climate change in the United States is tightly linked to political identity: Republicans are not supposed to be (and in large part are not) concerned about climate change, whereas Democrats are supposed to be (and in large part are) concerned about climate change. The concept of identity thus acts as a powerful force in driving […]

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New Supreme Court Ruling Paves the Way for Climate-Health Connections

A landmark new Supreme Court ruling may pave the way for stronger connections between climate and health. The ruling, which was made earlier this week, allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate smog from coal plants that drift across state lines. According to a New York Times article, the decision suggests a high likelihood […]

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New Research: What Moves Americans to Support Social Change?

ecoAmerica is pleased to announce the release of our newest research report: Campaigns II: Recent Learnings from Other Social Movements. This case study examines the primary social and engagement factors that drove marijuana legalization, marriage equality, and Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign to victory, and provides recommendations on how to apply these learnings to successfully […]

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Americans turn out to be moderate and “practical”

A fascinating NBC-Esquire poll recently took a good look at a section of America that is often lost in the overheated partisan debate on cable news. The poll found that a majority of Americans have many shared beliefs – the majority of the middle rejects gun control, but supports raising taxes on millionaires.   Overall, the […]

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Obama’s Climate Narrative: Prepare and Protect

President Obama launched his Climate Change Plan on June 25 with a thoughtful, values-driven message. His speech at Georgetown University presented an ambitious agenda utilizing the framing highlighted in Climate Impacts: Take Care and Prepare, ecoAmerica’s 2012 research report on communicating on climate change. The research found “prepare” and “preparedness,” and “protect” and “protection,” to […]

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Presidential Candidates Are (finally) Starting to Publicly Talk Climate

With the election right around the corner, President Obama has started to address climate change — after two years of hibernation — by publicly voicing the matter-of-fact science behind it and the need to address it. Unfortunately, according to this article by Mark Clayton from the Christian Science Monitor, Obama’s motivation may have come from […]

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