September 2017
Climate Change is Now!
Weather patterns are profoundly different, with more intense events occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. Climate scientists note that climate change is already producing extreme weather, leading to more extensive damage from storms. The most recent devastation from Hurricane Harvey is an example of a storm of greater intensity due to warmer air and warmer sea temperatures. Our hearts and prayers go out to all people impacted by recent storms and extreme weather events in this country and abroad. Extreme weather demands that we begin to address the threats that climate change poses to our planet. The U.S. must join all nations of the world to preserve a livable planet for future generations.
Elders Climate Action is growing bigger and stronger and we need you to help in our efforts to mobilize elders across the country to raise our voices in defense of climate change policies and legislation.  A small financial gift from each and every one of our 3500 ECA members could greatly help in our work to educate, inspire and inform elders. Please go to and donate now. Thank you! 

My two grandsons, ages 6 and 8, and all of our children are depending on us to act now preserve our beautiful planet. Time is short.

For all the grandchildren, future generations and all life,

Geri Freedman
Co-Chair, Elders Climate Action
A special note: As this newsletter is prepared to be sent out, Hurricane Irma looms off the coast of Florida. Our hearts extend to all those in the path, including our Co-Chair Geri and family. Our thoughts are with you!!!
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 
  • Fund our part-time Admin support
A Heartfelt Thank You to All Those Who Support the Important Work of ECA!
We would all like to change the world for the better, but it’s hard to know where to start and which causes to support with the resources that we have. My goal is to find at least some small way to contribute to organizations that have the drive and the energy to have impact on a large scale. Friends told me about ECA and its mission and it has become the one place that I feel my contribution will be used to the best advantage in the fight to protect our climate. I am grateful to all members for their commitment and the thoughtful work that they do.

~ Julie Arnold, ECA member,
Pleasant Hill, CA
I like to help with what I consider to be a worthy cause. While I don’t feel I 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
Giving Tuesday, November 28th
Elders Climate Action is excited to announce that we will be participating in Giving Tuesday! 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 Giving Tuesday. We hope you will consider a gift to Elders Climate Action on Giving Tuesday, November 28th.
Support ECA by Shopping on AmazonSmile
Two of us, here at ECA, realized that we have raised over $15 this year for Elders Climate Action by supporting our Parent Organization, Conscious Elders Network on AmazonSmile. At first thought, most people wouldn’t see $15 as significant, and might not give it a second thought...but our thought was, what if all of our Elders Climate Action supporters used AmazonSmile to donate to Conscious Elders Network ?  Just by shopping, you can become a valuable and critical resource to help support the work of Elders Climate Action.

Here is where we need YOU!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you . When you shop at , you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and
convenient shopping experience as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, and we hope you will choose Conscious Elders Network; your gift to CEN will directly support Elders Climate Action.

 How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
Simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Select Conscious Elders Network when prompted.

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

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ECA Monthly
National Call
September 27, 2017
7:00 PM EST | 4:00 PM PST

Join us for the National Call featuring guest speaker Danny Richter from Citizens' Climate Lobby who will be discussing Carbon Fee & Dividend
Book Review by Vermont ECA Member Jud Lawrie

Climate of Hope—How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope.

This book offers hope for people despairing about the current lack of Federal efforts to combat climate change. It offers many examples of creative, practical, and inspiring actions being taken in the U.S. and around the world by governments, businesses and environmental advocacy organizations.

A key point made is the idea that we need to focus not just on scaring people with descriptions of drowning polar bears, rising seas, and increasingly devastating storms in the future, but also on the many opportunities and economic benefits that can be realized by addressing climate change now. Rather than pitting environment against economy, talk about how market principles can be applied and economic growth can result. 

Use the strengths of nature to alleviate the effects of climate change. For example, preserving coastal wetlands and mangrove swamps that can safely absorb the damage from storms, rather than building expensive seawalls and levees.

 The book closes with a comprehensive list of specific strategies for moving forward.

Quoting from the book jacket, “Bloomberg, entrepreneur and former mayor of New York City, and Pope, a lifelong environmental leader…share a belief that cities, businesses, and citizens can lead—and win—the battle against climate change, no matter which way the political winds in Washington may shift.”

They “offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their own experiences and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced. Along the way, they turn the usual way of thinking about climate change on its head: from top down to bottom up, from partisan to pragmatic, from costs to benefits, from tomorrow to today, and from fear to hope.”
In the interest of creating mutually beneficial relationships with our local climate change partners, members have met with the following organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area: Shawn Rosenmoss, Senior Environmental Specialist for Development, Community Partnerships and the SF Carbon Fund and Sunshine Swinford, Community Relations Coordinator of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Their signature program is "0-50-100-Roots, a climate action framework which will help meet the challenge of climate change through innovative policies, programs and partnerships."
Lisa Ferguson, PhD, Founder of Climate Compassion . ​”Climate compassion extends beyond environmental climate to a social climate of equity and justice through cultivating inclusion, love, respect, and dignity for all.”  
Quaker Earthcare Witness General Secretary, Shelley Tanenbaum of Albany CA. “Quaker Earthcare Witness is a network of Friends (Quakers) in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.”
All three of these organizations have agreed to partnership relationships with ECA.
August NorCal Chapter Meeting Highlights:
  • Members staffed an ECA table at a Redwoods Retirement Center event attended by 100 residents.
  • John Sorensen headed north to help start an Oregon chapter.
  • Margo Frank is planning an ECA gathering in Ukiah. 
  • Discussed Massachusetts Chapter - how it got its start and continues to thrive.
  • An Outreach Group is forming to do presentations and a group which focuses on Policy/Action was proposed.
Have you seen An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017)? Watch the Official Trailer frm Paramount Pictures here!
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
by Al Gore
Perhaps you saw the movie but, have you seen the book?

We are enjoying this Action Manual for Climate Change! Check it out.
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