Three years ago, in talking to our then seven-year-old son about climate change, I made a decision: I would return to my professional roots and re-focus all of my efforts on resolving the climate crisis. This is the most important contribution I can make in my lifetime.
I am absolutely confident that we will make important progress on climate and clean energy in the new political context. But, we need to move quickly to secure and expand the space for bipartisan leadership.
As you reflect on what is most important to you in the new year, please consider a tax-deductible gift to DEPLOY/US. A generous donor has just committed to match every dollar donated by December 31st, up to $10,000.
Thank you for being a part of this vitally important work.
Warm wishes for a healthy, happy new year,
Andrea Strimling Yodsampa, CEO
We in the climate action community have been deeply affected by the events of the last week. We are acutely aware of the multifaceted risks of climate change, as well as the urgent need for global action. The election of President-elect Donald Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax" and threatened to roll back hard-won progress, has left many people understandably frightened.
Having said that, our community is also privileged to be able to turn our concern into action. This is our commitment at DEPLOY/US.
We have spent the past two years working with an extraordinary network of leaders across the political spectrum. This network includes not only environmental leaders, scientists, activists, and donors, but also entrepreneurs, investors, military officers, business leaders, conservative faith leaders, and conservative thought leaders, all of whom are committed to responsible action on climate and energy. Sure, the reasons for engagement vary, as do opinions about exactly what should be done. But, nonetheless, there is a deeply felt, shared commitment to action.
This community's shared purpose and willingness to engage honestly around differences inspires us and gives us confidence that we can make progress in our new, very challenging, political context. It also illuminates a critical next frontier of climate and clean energy efforts. The risks of climate change affect us all, and we all have a stake in solutions. Many are already working to support, empower, fund, and create space for conservatives to put forward meaningful climate and energy solutions that can then compete in the marketplace of ideas. Those of us who are serious about forging solutions must look for ways to help these efforts succeed. In this new political environment, this work is more important than ever.
We will share more in the coming weeks and months about concrete ways in which you can contribute.
Thank you for being part of this vitally important work.
Andrea Strimling Yodsampa, Ph.D.