Phil was the rarest of people — a committed environmentalist who was also brilliant at messaging.
I worked with him many times over the years and he was a shrewd and passionate strategic thinker. As my colleague Daniel Weiss puts it:
The effort to stop global warming lost one of its leading champions with the passing of Philip E. Clapp, Deputy Managing Director of the Pew Environment Group. He was the founder and President of the National Environmental Trust, which began in 1994 and merged with Pew in 2007.
The testimonials for Clapp are pouring in:
“Phil was an environmental hero who vigorously advocated the prompt reduction of global warming pollution,” said John Podesta, President and CEO of Center for American Progress. “His was a prominent voice for action, particularly in the international arena. He will be sorely missed.”
And others can be found in Grist: