Environment & Climate Crisis Council

  • The Democrats Abroad Environment & Climate Crisis Council (ECCC) advocates for systemic climate and environmental policies and solutions within the global Democratic community.  

    We urge the Biden-Harris administration to take the lead and declare a National Climate Emergency.  Sign our ECCC National Climate Emergency Petition.

    The ECCC is Democrats Abroad’s newest advocacy group. Our activities include:  

    • Voter engagement  
    • Events  
    • Issues advocacy  
    • Intersectional collaboration  
    • Candidate support  

    Environmental justice is an organizing principle for the ECCC. We aspire to: 

    • amplify the voices and expertise of those disproportionately harmed by environmental threats; 
    • advocate for policies and candidates that address historical injustices that exacerbate the environmental injury.  

    Check out our Earth Care Toolkit for tools, resources, and suggestions on what you can do to make a difference.

    Contact us at [email protected] and

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    DA Global Environment & Climate Crisis Council Leadership:

    Dana Freling
    | Chair - Finland
    Eric Burns
    | Chair, Switzerland
    Bruce Murray
    | Global Progressive Caucus Chair
    Martha McDevitt-Pugh
    | Global DNC Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Vice Chair
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    Under Biden’s Watch: From CAFE Standards to Electric vehicles

    By Diana S. Powers, DA France



    On April 1st, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced the ratcheting up of fuel economy standards, known as CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards, in a big move to address climate change, air pollution, high fuel costs, and energy independence. This action partially fulfills one of President Biden’s first executive orders of January 20, 2021, the “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” The President tasked the executive departments and agencies to review the former President’s policies and regulations and to suspend, revise, or rescind those policies that flout the principles of protection of health and the environment. The order asks them to consult with labor unions, the states, and the industry in designing policy replacements and revisions.

    The first CAFE standards were undertaken in 1975 for model years 1978 for cars and 1979 for trucks, in response to the oil crises of 1973 and 1974.  Energy independence had become paramount, with the growing realization that decisions made in other countries could dictate whether the US would spin into a downward cycle of recession or would be pushed by rising fuel costs into a period of stubborn inflation.  Worse yet, we could have both with stultifying stagflation that affects every part of the economy, as indeed occurred in the 1970s. Energy efficiency became a powerful and quick way to free our economy from its dependence on foreign oil.  Energy expert and author Vaclav Smil dates the beginning of the energy transition to this time, long before there was much public awareness of climate change. These concerns have become paramount again today, with the geopolitical imperative to take Russian oil and gas off the market, with supply chain bottlenecks resulting from the pandemic, and from the critical need to stop burning fossil fuels to save the planet.

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    Earth Care Toolkit


    Since the first Earth Day was held in 1970 in the United States, it has grown into an internationally celebrated event in more than 200 countries across the globe. It’s the perfect time to remember to appreciate Earth and commit to making changes, big and small, to protect it. The DA Global Environment and Climate Council has a few suggestions of things you can do to make a difference.

    Tools for Taking Action

    Here are tools, resources, and suggestions on what you can do to make a difference. Click the links below for more information.

    DA ECCC Events - We have several events for Earth Month. Graphics
    DNC ECCC Events Quiz Yourself - See what you know about the forces changing the planet.
    What Can We Do at Home? Support Our Pollinators!
    What Can We Do at Work? Earth Day Activities For Kids
    What Can We Do in Our Communities? Natural Cleaning Recipes, Tips & Hacks
    Videos Podcasts
    Books and Articles
    Make a #Climate Vote Video to help get out the vote
    GWC Climate Toolkit
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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 12:00 PM Berlin Time · 1 rsvp

    Climate Cafe - May


    May is AAPI Heritage Month, so this month we will be discussing the effects of climate change on the Asian Pacific region.  Andrew Irvin from the University of the South Pacific Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport will speak about how New Zealand is preparing to take in millions of Pacific climate refugees.


    Location Event Start Time
    Washington, USA 6:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 11:00 BST
    Frankfurt, Germany 12:00 CEST
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 14:00 GST
    New Delhi, India 15:30 IST
    Bangkok, Thailand 17:00 ICT
    Beijing, China 18:00 CST
    Melbourne, Australia 20:00 AEST
    Fiji Time, FJT 22:00 FJT

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