July 2019
Dear Climate Friend,

You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution is a bromide we’ve heard many times during our lifetimes. When it comes to carbon emissions, we’ve unwittingly been part of the problem during most of our lifetimes. By virtue of joining Elders Climate Action and taking other actions to reduce our personal carbon footprints, we’ve committed to become part of the solution.

As was probably the case for many of you, I became a dedicated climate hawk when I watched Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth . Since then, my personal journey has included a five-year stint as a Sierra Club activist and a five-year stint as a volunteer for SkepticalScience.com. Last fall, I decided to embark on another excellent adventure to facilitate the creation of an ECA chapter in South Carolina.

After working through some personal matters and delving into how ECA is organized and functions, I recently began in earnest to recruit friends and acquaintances to ECA. ( A journey of 1000 miles, begins with the first step .) When I recruit new members to ECA, one of the first things I will ask them to do is to talk-up ECA with family members and friends. I encourage you to do the same as you celebrate the 4 th of July holiday with your family and friends.
John Hartz
Elders Climate Action National Leadership team & South Carolina Chapter Leader
Mark Your Calendar
Your voice is needed during the Week of Climate Action!

Elders are working with our youth climate allies planning the next Climate Strike and Week of Climate Action September 20 - 27, 2019.

Get involved or help plan a Climate Strike in your area, connect with 350.org or Zero Hour to help plan and organize a climate strike. Represent Elders Climate Action at your local events.

We are preparing a “Week of Climate Action” email bulletin for September with suggestions and ideas for ways you can take action every day during the week of action!

Stay tuned...check your email inbox in September.
Elders, Tell Your Grandkids!
Zero Hour Youth Summit in Miami FL, July 12-14

Have you heard , Our partner, Zero Hour is hosting a Youth Climate Summit. Elders Climate Action is proud to support their efforts (and even join the summit).  A year after the historic youth climate march, the youth strike again! 

Join Zero Hour in   This Is Zero Hour: The Youth Climate Summit  in Miami, a frontline community. The Summit will be held from July 12 – 14 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33126.

With the summit, Zero Hour hopes to uplift the citizens of Miami, and train more young people to be effective climate justice advocates.
Tell us what you have been doing for climate action. Send a 150 word (max) summary of what you've been doing and we'll share it in a future newsletter. Send to info@eldersclimateaction.org .
As the urgency of Climate Action becomes more apparent, a number of marches, rallies and protests are popping up all over the country. Elders, parents and children are coming together to demand action on climate change.

If you have never attended a march, protest or rally we encourage you to get involved, safely and peacefully. We have put together a Tips for Marches, Rallies and Protests info sheet to help our members safely participate.

Elders Climate Action does not encourage or promote acts of civil disobedience.
Have you seen the National Geographic Documentary
Paris to Pittsburg ?

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change, not waiting for Washington to act.

As Elders, we can take the lead in our communities by  hosting a screening of Paris to Pittsburgh. It's a great way to get community members together and can help you begin to build an ECA action group or chapter. 

Recently a group of ECA members in Ukiah, California held a showing of this free documentary and included a guest speaker talking about how to move towards a goal of zero waste. The event drew young and old and is helping to grow the action group in that community. 
Watch the Trailer Now.
The film is available for free on digital platforms including National Geographic’s  website , Nat Geo TV mobile app, Video On Demand, and connected devices (such as Roku and AppleTV).

To learn more about the issues and guide conversation for your own event, download the discussion guide  here .  

Phoebe Weston, Science Correspondent for Independent.co.uk, published a recent article The rise of eco-anxiety and how to come to terms with climate change . This article discusses the impacts of climate change on our emotional heath and

Help Amplify the Climate Action Message We Are Delivering to Congress!
The Elders are headed to DC!

If you are not planning to join us in DC, please help amplify our climate action message from home!
We will be calling on you to amplify our message while we are in Washington, D.C. Watch your email inbox in July for our Amplify Climate Action Bulletin and contact your Members of Congress in support our call for immediate legislative action on climate change.

Last Chance to Register!

We especially welcome Elders who live in the greater DC region

Join us for an opportunity to meet ECA members and other elders . We'll inspire you to take action, inform you about upcoming ECA initiatives and engage you as you share stories and ideas for actions in your own community.

You can come for just July 12th or join us all three days!

We've seen how the youth are raising their voices. Now it's time we raise our voices, showing the world that Elders Care!

$35.00 per person
(*includes dinner July 10 & ECA T-shirt)
Elders Climate Action Day is part of a 3 day event, You can choose to attend all or just part of the event. Select which days you would like to attend on the registration form.

July 10
Dinner and Lobby Day Training with Moms Clean Air Force
July 11
Intergenerational Play-In at our Nation's Capitol and Congressional Visits with Moms Clean Air Force
July 12
Elders Climate Action Day at on Capitol Hill with Special Guest Speakers including Members of Congress
ECA National Call
4th Tuesday of Each Month

July 23
7:00 PM (ET) | 4:00 PM (PT)

Participants from Elders Climate Action Day and Moms Clean Air Force will discuss intergenerational action and report back on our time together in Washington, D.C.
Join Us for Climate Tea & Talk
Join us for monthly casual climate conversations and talk with other elders about the climate issues, solutions and strategies that matter most to you.

Second Tuesday of Each Month
6:00 PM (ET) | 3:00 PM (PT)

Donate to ECA and help us continue to build programming, events and opportunities for elders to get engaged and take action on climate change