Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for the Future climate strikes to raise awareness about the dangerous consequences of our warming planet. Last month in NYC Greta was the latest leading voice to sound the alarm about the dangers of a hotter planet, warming oceans, rising sea levels and further extinction of animal species in the years to come. She and her young colleagues are calling for immediate action from governments and every sector of society to tackle the emissions that drive climate change.
We have a societal obligation to support the Gretas out there — the individuals and organizations that are dedicating their time tirelessly to help raise awareness on climate change among different audiences. Next year, for the first time, ecoAmerica is coordinating the American Climate Leadership Awards 2020 to identify and support youth like Greta, as well as leaders and organizations working in or with health, faith, local communities who are building public and political support for climate solutions. ecoAmerica, in partnership with Gina McCarthy, ACLA Chair, along with an esteemed awards panel, will be reviewing submissions for the American Climate Leadership Awards in early 2020 and awarding over $150,000 to outstanding climate engagement efforts. There are so many unsung heroes that warrant national recognition and additional resources to support their work.
Not only do we need a Greta from the USA, but we need a stage full of winners that continue to mobilize the masses the other six days a week.
Thank you for your interest in the American Climate Leadership Awards 2020! The application period has now closed. We will announce the shortlist of finalists in December. Please return here or follow ecoAmerica’s social media channels to read about the finalists, and join us at the American Climate Leadership Summit on March 25th and 26th 2020 in Washington DC when the winners will be announced.