October 2017

The statement “It takes a village” so accurately reflects what is necessary to accomplish our vision to preserve the planet for our grandchildren and future generations. Elders Climate Action partners with over sixty organizations with similar missions. There is no one global solution to climate change. Each of us alone cannot solve this crisis but working together and supporting one another only amplifies the message, the voice, and the power! We will continue to expand our collaborations with other groups to increase the power of elders as we confront climate change. This year we will focus on strengthening our ties with partner organizations and increasing collaborations. 

The following announcement features the collaboration between Citizens' Climate Lobby and Elders Climate Action--the upcoming Western Region Pre-Conference in Phoenix, coordinated by ECA member Hazel Chandler.

For all the grandchildren, future generations and all life,
Geri Freedman
Elders Climate Action, Co-Chair
Engage, Inspire & Inform: Unleashing the Power of Elders on Climate Action
November 3: Elders Climate Action
Western Region Pre-Conference in Phoenix, AZ
Join us in Phoenix, November 3, for the Elders Climate Action Pre-conference. And stay for the Citizens' Climate Lobby Wild West Regional Conference (Nov 3-5).

​​Now more than ever We Elders Need to Speak Out on Climate Change before it’s too late for our grandchildren and future generations!  ​ ​​Never has it been more critical to educate and mobilize Elder voters leading up to the 2018 election.  
The ECA pre-conference will focus on developing ​​leaders and providing tools for building chapters in the Western state​s to help engage a movement of climate voters​.​​
North Mountain Preserve Visitor Center
Southeast Conference Room

November 3rd, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Free, with suggested donation of $10

This is also an excellent opportunity to receive the amazing Citizens' Climate Lobby training ​at the CCL Regional conference beginning  ​​5 PM November 3 at the same location ​and ​continu​ing ​through Sunday November 5. ​(There is a ​separate registration ​fee for CCL event) ​​ .​​
For questions or more information please contact Hazel at  hazelc@eldersclimateaction.org
“A Day in the Life” of NorCal ECA Member Katherine Da Silva Jain
Recently I scolded myself for not having ECA literature to give to my hiking group. The next Saturday I printed up information, donned my ECA T shirt and headed for a gathering of about 19 folks. I sang the Ciao Bella song “Do it Now!”, which ECA had performed as Flash Mobs at both of our DC conferences. It was well received and several showed interest in ECA. I left literature and went to an Eco Festival at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. I sang the song again and a number of people spoke to me afterward and were interested in the literature. Next I went to the Unitarian Universalist Church for a great concert by hugely creative, progressive composer/songster Roy Zimmerman. I’d written to Roy about “Do It Now” and he suggested we put it on Youtube to get the word out. I enjoyed inspiring, very funny music and also made contact with the chair of the church’s Social Justice Committee, who was attracted by the shirt!
As you know, ECA loves collaborations with kids!  
We recently received an email from Jenna Clark, youth advocate for Helping Hands 4 Kids, who thanked us for our “With Your Grandchildren” section of our website. She wanted us to know that it’s been a big help in their youth program, the purpose of which is to educate children on environmental issues and teach proper recycling methods. They wanted to give back to us by recommending another website the kids found filled with information, games and crafts on recycling. Jenna wants to show the children that ECA has added the resource to our list and to acknowledge that they are helping the members of Elders Climate Action to live a greener lifestyle. They will know they contributed positively to the environment. They wish all to have a happier and greener planet! We thank you, Jenna, for your work with youth and for reaching out to ECA!
We're kicking off our Year-end Giving Campaign. We hope you will consider giving in 2017!
Help ECA Extend Our Roots
and Grow the Movement.
Your generous gifts allow us to continue to build a movement of elders taking action on climate change. We are rallying our voice and our vote to preserve a livable planet for our grandchildren, future generations and all life. Will you help?
Your donations allow us to:
  • Raise climate awareness in the elder population
  • Mobilize elders to take action on climate change
  • Engage elder voters
  • Organize local, regional and national events
  • Host monthly National Calls & publish monthly email newsletter & action bulletins. 
  • Fund our part-time Admin support
A Heartfelt Thank You to All Those Who Support the Important Work of ECA!
I like to help with what I consider to be a worthy cause. While I don’t feel that I can do anything significant about climate change as one person, I like being part of this larger body of people who are addressing this very serious challenge of our time. Collectively we can make a difference! Thank you Elders Climate Action for your important work!

~ Gene Onopko, ECA member, Walnut Creek, CA
Mark Your Calendars!
Elders Climate Action will be Participating in
GivingTuesday, November 28th
Elders Climate Action is excited to announce that we will be participating in GivingTuesday! Annual rituals, like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. are days dedicated to getting the best deals on consumer goods. On the flip side, GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to doing good and giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar, GivingTuesday is a reminder of the “reason for the season.” Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. Together, millions of people demonstrate our common capacity to give on GivingTuesday. We hope you will consider a gift to Elders Climate Action on GivingTuesday, November 28th.
ECA Monthly
National Call
October 24, 2017
7:00 PM EST | 4:00 PM PST

Join us for the National Call featuring guest speaker Cynthia Mahoney MD, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Contra Costa Chapter Lead, Medical Champion for Medical Society Consortium for Climate & Health and retired Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University. Dr. Mahoney will be discussing the impacts of climate change on our health.
Volunteer on the Communications Committee
  • Involves 4-8 hours per month, including two meetings using Zoom video conferencing
  • Committee publishes monthly e-newsletter, occasional bulletins
  • Organizes and leads monthly national member calls
  • Develops materials used for outreach and publicity
  • Assisted by part-time Operations Director who creates print and web-based materials
  • Writing, editing, proofreading and graphic arts skills helpful but not required
  • Ability to work collaboratively with small group and use computer-based programs
  • Have fun working with other elders taking action across the country. Make new friends!

Strong interest in addressing climate change essential
If interested, email info@eldersclimateaction.org, describing your interest and experience.

Send a letter to your Member of Congress and urge them to take action on climate change legislation TODAY.

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Elders for Climate Justice
(The ManKind Project/New England)

A partner of Elders Climate Action shared a recent interview with Bill McKibben from 350.org
Climate Nexus
Find more information about Climate Related Topics at http://climatenexus.org