About Climate Power 2020
The 2020 presidential election is the defining moment for how our nation addresses the climate crisis—our leaders must be emboldened to take immediate action on climate change and to build a just and equitable economy.
Climate Power 2020 is putting the Trump administration on defense every single day for ignoring experts, refusing to believe in science, surrendering our government to big oil executives, and gutting public health protections, all at the expense of future generations. The time to act is now.
Climate Power 2020 is here to change the politics of climate and embolden our leaders to act.
It’s time for a reality check.
We are living with the reality of what happens when our leaders ignore experts, deny science, and fail to keep our families safe. COVID-19 is a devastating example. Climate change is too. If our elected leaders continue to ignore experts and science, this crisis will quickly morph into the next.
The world’s leading scientists, public health experts, and military leaders agree that climate change is an extreme threat—and immediate action is needed to avoid its fatal impacts. But at every turn, President Trump denies reality and ignores the facts – and communities of color and low-income communities are suffering the worst impacts of Trump’s war against environmental and public health protections.
Trump’s failure to save our friends and families’ lives from COVID-19 is proof of his inability to protect our nation from other urgent threats—like climate change.
The science is clear. The warnings are stark. We can no longer look the other way or give our leaders a pass.
It’s absolutely critical that the next president and Congress emerge from this year’s elections emboldened to take immediate action on climate change and to build a just and equitable economy.
It’s time to stop ignoring experts.
Months ago, our country’s best health experts sent President Trump an urgent memo: “This pandemic, left unchecked, could kill 1.2 million Americans.” These experts warned the virus would “leave Americans defenseless.” Those dire warnings about COVID-19 are now our reality.
When the CDC first alerted President Trump about the massive risk of this virus, he ignored them for eight weeks. He ignores each and every warning. Refuses to take action. And is making this health crisis worse.
Trump’s refusal to heed expert warnings is what allowed COVID-19 to fatally disrupt our country – and his complete denial of the climate crisis will allow climate change to do the same thing. If we don’t change course, we will hit a point of no return. Our chance to take climate action is right now.
It’s time to act.
We’re changing the conversation on climate, getting the facts out, and mobilizing Americans who will hold Donald Trump accountable for his failure to prepare and protect us—and future generations—from climate change.
Climate change touches every aspect of our lives—from the air our kids breathe, to the quality of the water we drink, to the damage done to our homes by extreme weather.
We’re elevating the reality of climate change by sharing stories from across our country—stories of Americans who are fighting for our climate because clean air and safe communities are the path to a more just, equitable future.
We’re mobilizing communities against the threats of climate change to create a more just, prosperous, sustainable economy for everyone.
We are a political operation using the same tools and strategies of a campaign to push candidates to campaign aggressively on climate change and a just and equitable economy. That’s how we are elevating climate in national and state conversations and building the momentum necessary for bold action in 2021.
Climate Power 2020 is an independently run project created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club.
We are a team of political strategists determined to change the politics of climate in 2020 in order to build the momentum necessary for bold action in 2021.
We’re researchers, creatives, organizers, social media experts, activists, and communications professionals who’ve cut our teeth by taking on tough fights. We’re veterans of presidential campaigns and leading political organizations. Now we’re fighting to make climate a leading issue in this election.
With President Trump refusing to believe in experts and scientists—and with his campaign and fossil fuel allies spreading misinformation about climate action—we need your help to change the politics of climate in 2020.
Maybe you’ve talked to your neighbors about climate change. Maybe you’ve gone on strike and protested to wake up our leaders. Or you’re just fed up with a president who won’t protect us from our most urgent crisis.
Whatever your reason, we need you. We’re in this together. Join the fight for change in 2020:
Meet our Advisory Board Members
National Advisory Board
Founder of Fair Fight and the Southern Economic Advancement Project
Former Director of Public Engagement at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
VP of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation
Chair, Board of Directors, League of Conservation Voters
Founder and Chair of the DNC Environmental and Climate Crisis Council, Poet, Former County Commissioner
Physician, Epidemiologist, Progressive Activist. Chair of Southpaw Michigan
Climate Jobs National Resource Center, and former Secretary Treasurer, SEIU
Co-Author of the Green New Deal
Dr. John Holdren
Former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
Former Director, Utility Department IBEW, and former President, Unions for Jobs & Environmental Progress (UJEP)
Climate Justice Campaign Director for People's Action, formerly a Hawaii State Legislator
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Founder/CEO, Ocean Collectiv
Secretary John Kerry
Former Secretary of State
Working Families Party
Climate Strike Partnerships Coordinator at the Future Coalition, co-founder of the International Indigenous Youth Council
Deputy Executive Director, United We Dream
President and CEO of the NRDC Action Fund and former EPA Administrator
Representative Harold Mitchell Jr. (SC)
South Carolina State House, founder of ReGenesis Project
Secretary Ernest Moniz
Former United States Secretary of Energy
Tamara Toles O'Laughlin
Advocate for People and Planet and North America Director at 350.org
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama
Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power
Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sunrise
Co-founder and Campaign Director for Evergreen Action
Senator Harry Reid
United States Senator from Nevada
Former Investor, Philanthropist, and Founder of NextGen America
President and CEO, NDN Collective
Chief of Staff, National Political Director, Indivisible
Program Coordinator for Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
Creative Council Advisory Board
Environmental Activist & Sustainability Expert
Actress, Producer, and Activist
Actress & Activist
Jerome Foster II
Virtual Reality Developer and Executive Director of OneMillionOfUs
Kevin J. Patel
Founder and Executive Director of OneUpAction
Intersectional Environmental Activist, Eco-Communicator, and founder of the Intersectional Environmentalist Platform
Actress, Singer, and Activist
Actress and Activist
Actress, Producer, and Activist
Activist, Entrepreneur, and Miss Black America
Entrepreneur, Advocate, Co-founder of Future Earth
Climate Justice Activist
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, and Activist
State Co-Chair Advisory Board
César Chávez, Arizona
Kirsten Engel, Arizona
Alejandra Gómez, Arizona
Co-Executive Director of LUCHA Arizona
Rebecca Ríos, Arizona
Eduardo Sainz, Arizona
Arizona State Director of Mi Familia Vota
Howard Chou, Colorado
Vice-Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party
Nicole Johnston, Colorado
Mayor Pro-tem and Aurora City Councilwoman
Dr. Kristopher Larsen, Colorado
Mayor of Nederland
Ean Thomas Tafoya, Colorado
Co-chair of the Colorado Latino Forum
Dr. Frances Colón, Florida
Former Deputy Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State at the U.S. State Department
Valencia Gunder, Florida
Founder of The Smile Trust and New Florida Majority Campaign Director
José Javier Rodríguez, Florida
Dr. Philip K. Stoddard, Florida
Former Mayor of South Miami
Jonathan Webber, Florida
Deputy Director, Florida Conservation Voters
Natasha Dyer, Georgia
Sustainable Smyrna board member
Dr. Na'Taki Jelks, Georgia
Assistant Professor of Environmental & Health Sciences at Spelman College
Dr. Mildred McClain, Georgia
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice
Brionté McCorkle, Georgia
Executive Director at Georgia Conservation Voters
Valerie Rawls, Georgia
Director of Black Green Agenda with the New Georgia Project
Tyler Olson, Iowa
City Councilmember and clean energy business owner
LaTricea Adams, Michigan
Founder CEO & President - Black Millennials 4 Flint
Lauren Bealore, Michigan
Political Director, America Votes, Michigan
Nicholas Jansen, Michigan
Regional Organizing Director at the Sunrise Movement
Mallory McMorrow, Michigan
Melissa Hortman, Minnesota
Minnesota State House Speaker
Justin Jones, Nevada
Clark County Commissioner
William J. Barber III, North Carolina
Strategic Partnerships Manager-Climate Justice Initiative, The Climate Reality Project; Founder and President, The Rural Beacon Initiative, LLC
Jay Chaudhuri, North Carolina
DeAndrea Salvador, North Carolina
Founder and Executive Director of RETI -Renewable Energy Transition Initiative
Erica Smith, North Carolina
Susannah Tuttle, North Carolina
Director of North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light
Sara Innamorato, Pennsylvania
Malcolm Kenyatta, Pennsylvania
Janet Bewley, Wisconsin
State Senate Minority Leader
David Cieslewicz, Wisconsin
Former Mayor of Madison
Darrol Gibson, Wisconsin
Managing Director of LIT Milwaukee
Sarah Godlewski, Wisconsin
Chris Larson, Wisconsin
Cory Mason, Wisconsin
Mayor of Racine
Jeff Smith, Wisconsin
We believe in science.
If you do too, join the fight to power change in 2020.