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Reconciliation Bill 101

Jasmine Gregory, Policy Analyst

Climate Deal or No Deal? As we live through the reality of the climate emergency, our planet and communities are suffering the harmful effects of dirty fossil fuels and unsustainable climate policy. Over the past two months, climate policy has been at the forefront of the budget reconciliation process and the time for bold climate legislation is now.

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Latinx Heritage Month: Youth Activists You Should Know

Raquel Martinez, Social Media Manager

We asked 6 Youth Activists in the Latinx community how their identities have informed their activism. Scroll through to see their responses, get to know them, and follow!

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Hurricanes and Climate Change 101

Indy Howeth, Storytelling Intern

Hearing about extreme weather events in the news is one thing — experiencing it first hand is another entirely. Extreme weather events, like hurricanes, can turn people’s lives upside down in the span of a few hours. Imagine losing all your possessions, a loved one, a neighborhood all in one day. It is traumatic in more ways than one.

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ACE INTERVIEW: Abbie Richards on Combating Misinformation As a Young Person

Raquel Martinez, Social Media Manager

Abbie Richards (she/her) is a 25-year-old Researcher and Science Communicator from Boston, MA. Abbie has been engaged in environmental work since she was sixteen and is currently pursuing her second degree in Climate Sciences. She spends much of her time researching and combatting misinformation — something the environmental community is all too familiar with — while also co-running EcoTok, a collaborative environmentalist TikTok account and collective of eco-creators. 

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Meet the ACE Interns!

Raquel Martinez, Social Media Manager

Meet the awesome Interns currently on our team, helping ACE move our mission forward and taking Action for the Climate Emergency every day.

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Distributed Renewable Energy 101

Victoria Whalen, Social Media Intern

Fossil fuels are a thing of the past. We are moving towards a more sustainable future and that begins with distributed renewable energy replacing outdated fossil fuel power lines.

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After Hurricane Ida, The Gulf Needs Our Help

Arsidez León, Civic Engagement Director

Hurricane Ida tore through New Orleans. Entergy Louisiana reports, “catastrophic transmission damage” done to the electric system. Direct support of relief efforts in the wake of this destruction is only the first step.

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ACE INTERVIEW: Tonyisha Harris on Conservation Work in Illinois

Raquel Martinez, Social Media Manager

Tonyisha currently serves as the Chicagoland Conservation Manager at the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC). Beginning in September 2019, she has worked with the energy, conservation and Chicago teams on facilitation, organization, legislative education and policy development. 

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A New Name and a New Look to Meet This Moment…

Leah Qusba, Executive Director

The climate emergency is here. The world as we know it is running out of time and the window for small, incremental action has closed. Instead, we need an emergency-level response to avert climate catastrophe—and leaders with the courage and mandate to take bold action. Our critical window of opportunity to sound the alarm is ever-narrowing and the time to act is NOW.

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What Does a “Just Transition” Mean for Us?

Ariel Hampton, IEC Legal & Policy Researcher

As I joined the Illinois Environmental Council, I discovered that I would be dedicating the bulk of my time to just transition work. But what does “just transition” even mean?

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