Something Serious … for a Change

[We’re supposed to make you laugh, but today … well, maybe this is pretty funny. A few weeks ago I received an invitation for Silverback Digest to become a member of The Climate Collaborative, a non-profit organization that exists to promote the urgent need for the country to take climate action. Why they would ask a dinky organization like ours to participate is a good question, but ours is not to reason why. Gorillas live in the jungle, jungles are threatened by climate change and habitat reduction … so, I’m all in! Note that in their email they reference the desire to “generate a drumbeat” to communicate with others businesses and organizations. Perhaps our experience in jungle communication is why we were invited.

I ask you all to go into a frenzy of chest-thumping and oo-ooing to alert Congress and the incoming Biden Administration of the importance of climate action. Silverbacks and Silverbelles … Go Crazy!! SB SM]

Stephen –

I’m so proud to share that you are one of the 1,400+ overall institutions and companies sending a strong and unequivocal message to the incoming administration and Congress that climate action must be a national priority. 

The We Are All in Statement will go live tomorrow, Thursday, December 10, at 8am ET at Ahead of that, please find a Media and Social Toolkit here and downloadable graphics here to advertise and promote your company’s participation. 

In it, you’ll find the following resources: 

  • A draft press release
  • Social media templates
  • Graphics (Twitter here and video here)
  • Suggested messaging on the statement

We hope you’ll spread the word about your participation! We aim to generate a drumbeat of company voices on the statement from tomorrow through the Saturday five year anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement signing. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 


Erin Callahan
The Climate Collaborative

Background Information:

We Are All In:

U.S. Communities, Businesses, and Institutions are
Ready for a National Mobilization on Climate and Recovery

In 2017, we launched We Are Still In to maintain America’s promise to tackle climate change. In the time since, wildfires and other climate-fueled disasters have impacted the lives and wellbeing of millions of Americans, threatened our nation’s supply chains, and put countless communities at risk. COVID-19 has concurrently created a national health and economic crisis.

Tackling the climate crisis is essential to help our nation recover from these crises by creating good paying jobs for millions of Americans, fostering U.S. energy innovation, increasing our national security, and protecting the health and well-being of present and future generations. It will also provide us with our best opportunity to address systemic inequalities that have forced vulnerable communities, especially communities of color, to bear the brunt of climate impacts and environmental and economic injustice.

Over the last four years, U.S. non-federal leaders have doubled down on reducing dangerous carbon pollution, and have done so in the face of a federal retreat and an increasingly dire scientific outlook. Today, one in three Americans live in a jurisdiction committed to 100% clean electricity. 16 states have passed or committed to pass regulations and legislation that would phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas. And in three years, the U.S. electric vehicle market has doubled. Despite these advances, more action is needed to protect vulnerable populations and rebuild the U.S. economy.

Now we, the undersigned governors, tribal leaders, mayors and local officials, and colleges and universities, businesses, investors, faith groups, cultural institutions, and health care organizations, are joining together once again to reaffirm our commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and pledge to partner with the Biden-Harris Administration, which has made ambitious commitments to tackle the climate crisis.

We call on the incoming administration and other federal policymakers to join us in a national response to ensure our safety and prosperity by taking immediate action to:

Drive economic growth across every sector of the economy through job-creating sustainable investments: 

  • Unleash innovation through extraordinary investments in clean buildings, low-carbon transportation, grid and infrastructure modernization, natural climate solutions, climate smart-agriculture, and community resilience, all of which will create millions of good-paying jobs and support a clean and just future for all Americans;
  • Undertake the necessary actions to achieve a 100% clean energy power sector by 2035;

Expand U.S. leadership at home and abroad: 

  • Rejoin the Paris Agreement on day one, leverage diplomatic partnerships to finance and encourage ambition, and re-engage with the rest of the world on a global solution to the climate crisis;
  • Put forward an ambitious and equitable nationally determined contribution to the Paris Agreement, with a science-based target for 2030 that takes community and institutional efforts and perspectives into consideration;
  • Commit the United States to a trajectory of net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, and implement policies that put us on a path to achieving that goal;

Reimagine community partnership to advance just and equitable climate solutions and build resilience to climate change:

  • Support states, tribal nations, cities and counties, businesses, universities, health care organizations, cultural institutions, and all other coalition actors in going above and beyond these policies to drive greater national ambition to tackle the climate crisis, while ensuring that the nation is prepared to adapt to the realities of climate change and strengthen its resilience to climate impacts; and
  • Consult these leaders and impacted communities, recognizing their unique expertise and potential, and develop unprecedentedly inclusive processes in the formation and implementation of new targets, policies, and programs to tackle the climate crisis

We pledge to support these policies at the national and local level, and place climate considerations at the core of our own institutions: how we do business, how we invest, how we govern, how we educate, how we serve. We urge the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress alike to adopt a similar whole-of government approach to tackling this crisis, and look forward to working in close partnership and dialogue – public and private collaboration across all levers of power – to achieve our shared vision.

The Silverbacks and ‘Belles of America.

3 thoughts on “Something Serious … for a Change

  1. Hi Step & Sandy, Fancy Schmancy! Saving the Gorillas is one thing, but climate changing is a BIG BUSINESS item! I foresee Silverback climate change for us might be a wee bit late, but a GREAT initiative for our Grandchildren. There gonna need all the help they can get. I’m sure for that reason alone most, if not all Silverbacks and Silverbelles will rally around this cause. Most of us have some sort of stake, (kids, grandkids) in its success. I think we need our senior Silverback; “Step” to design a logo! Incorporating Silverbacks and the earth 🌎. Bethy & I can help here in MA? How’s that sound? A little late for Christmas presents, but guaranteed to sell! We SB’s can donate part of the profit to a local group either in VT or MA. See what I meanBIG BUSINESS!

    Stay safe, Be good, Steve & Bethy Sent from my iPad


  2. 12/11/20

    Hi Step,
    Thanks for passing along Enviro Encouragements on 12/11/20 SBD- which is a great tool for fun and some fundamental change through its network of mindful monkeys.
    For years Cyndy and I were on the board of Quincy Environmental Network whose mission and action was summed up in its slogan: “Think globally; act locally; start with Quincy.” QEN has morphed into QCAN = Quincy Climate Action Network which focuses on green energy in Quincy with outreach to state and national initiatives. This is another “small group of committed individuals” working for change, the only way change ever happens.
    We have experienced firsthand ,“where we live” , as you have , the effects of climate change noted in the letters below. As often as possible we support and respond to action alerts from the very effective ,Sierra Club and Green America.
    Our first recent email this week was to Ma State Senators and Reps regarding legislation which should be passed before the end of 2020. The second is to the Mayor of Weymouth MA, detailing the threat the Enbridge Compressor station poses, our outrage at the powers who should be protecting us and are not ,and the $10million payoff accepted by Mayor Hedlund to drop further litigation against evil Enbridge.
    Time to watch again “The Planet of the Apes” and keep working to fix the mess we have created so Lady Liberty does not end up broken and washed up on the beach…
    Mike and Cyndy

    Dear Senator Barrett, 
    Our home in Quincy was devastated by Winter Storm Riley 3/2/18 – for us and all Mass citizens a landmark event of climate change and a warning for the future. 2 1/2 years and over $400,000 later (including ,beyond insurance,  an SBA loan of $159,300 paid off when we are 98 years old) we are back in our beloved home, grateful but very concerned.
    We are calling upon you and your fellow legislators to act on our behalf, for our family, our friends and neighbors, for all Mass residents. Protect our future by  advancing and passing S 2500 with its essential measures to address climate change. 
    We depend upon and are grateful for your service.
    Mike Cotter, RN 
    Cyndy Roche Cotter, Family Nurse Practitioner 


    Dear Mayor Hedlund,

    We are life-long Quincy residents, and live approximately a linear mile from the Weymouth Compressor Station. Seventeen members of our family also live in this proximity. We have been opposed to Enbridge’s atrocity from the outset and have been incredulous as Governor Baker has allowed,despite near unanimous opposition,the building of this potential catastrophe to the health, safety, environment and economy of Weymouth and its neighboring communities.The siting in this undersized , already overburdened industrial area near homes, and within an undeniable environmental justice area, is unconscionable and truly dangerous.

    Enbridge’s action  amounts to an extreme  hostile corporate  takeover  with the Governor’ s approval. 
    We  want to join the many Weymouth citizens who are in opposition to your decision to accept $10million from Enbridge in exchange for  relinquishing  any future Town litigation.

    Surely as Mayor you are committed to serving and protecting those you represent ; perhaps this agreement seemed like redeeming some benefit from this “invasion”, but at what cost? How can the Town hold Enbridge harmless against the future  injuries and losses that are historically and seemingly inevitably bound up with compressor station operations? 

    And after 2 emergency shut downs in September, where is the comprehensive emergency response and evacuation plan to protect Weymouth and its neighboring communities? 

    Beyond disappointment, we are outraged that the Governor, MA Department of Environmental Protection, and every Federal and State agency involved in this travesty (and funded by our taxes) is failing miserably  in its duty to safeguard us. 

    Who has stood up to protect us all? – The dedicated  leadership and members of Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station whom you have turned your back on.  They will continue to demand responsibility. 
    This “done deal” , the building of the compressor station  and your acceptance of what amounts to a “litigation payoff”  may tragically end in

    Truly, what an utter, avoidable shame! 

    Sadly, but resolutely-   

    Mike Cotter, RN 
    Cyndy Roche Cotter, Family Nurse Practitioner
    Members of FRRACS 
    5 Post Island Rd.
    Quincy, MA 02169

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