October 2020
Greetings! This month's highlight is the power of our dollars. Supporting and investing in businesses with high standards of environmental and social responsibility enables them to grow and extend their influence. By investing thoughtfully, we can avoid corporations that sell us their products but also invest in or insure the fossil fuel industry - corporations that also market to individuals like you and me. Ethical use of our dollars benefits our future and the next generations.           

We make choices everyday about how and where we spend our money:  
  • Some businesses uphold a higher standard of social & environmental responsibility such as those certified as B Corps.
  • We need not support corporations that directly fund fossil fuel endeavors such as pipelines Stop the Money Pipeline.
  • We can support local agriculture and farmers, reducing carbon emissions
  • We can prefer community banks over banks that invest in polluters.
  • We can invest our retirement funds responsibly event in small amounts. Find ways to invest your values at As You Sow.

You will probably discover that you are already supporting environmentally responsible businesses. Large scale support for these types of businesses can turn the tide.
Your donation allows us to continue to build a movement of Elders taking action on the climate emergency. Donate Now
ECA welcomes 2 new chapters, Oregon and Southern California, (SoCal) for a total of 13. This could not come at a better time, as we are face catastrophic climate change events throughout the country. We urge all of our members to join, or form, local ECA chapters, where grassroots action has impact.
Having been in the environmental consulting field for over 40 years, I’m beyond thrilled to be able to contribute my time and energy to such a well-run organization that advocates actions that are so urgently needed at this moment. I can’t wait to begin this new Chapter - in my life, and in many others!" ~ Richard Burke, Chapter Leader Southern California (SoCal) Chapter. Join the SoCal Chapter
“We’re so pleased to become a start-up for an Oregon Chapter of Elders Climate Action combining elders in mostly rural Lane County with those in the metro Multnomah County and especially appreciate the support given us by SAGE in Portland. We look forward to expanding our membership throughout Oregon.”
~ Michael Allen, Chapter Leader, Oregon Chapter. Join the Oregon Chapter

If you yearn to be part of the climate solution and want to join or start an ECA Chapter click here.
Shoe Strikes for Climate - Celebrating the Day of Global Climate Action
Get inspired and recharge your hope - watch the video slideshow from the September Shoe Strikes across the globe on the Day of Global Climate Action: from Peru to the Arctic, the US to New Delhi and beyond. We are proud of our Shoe Strikes here in the United States. Following in the School Strike Tradition started by Greta Thunberg, the Shoe Strikes are a safe way to demonstrate during the pandemic. Shoes and signs represented the hundreds of thousands who would have gathered in the streets if not for the global pandemic.

Shoe Strikes will continue on the 4th Saturday of the month through 2020.
Host a Shoe Strike in your community. It doesn't matter if its one pair of shoes or hundreds. Plan you strike here: Hosting a Shoe Strike: Getting Started Guide
What Climate Actions have you be taking? Tell us in 150 words (max) what you are most proud of: we'll share it in a future newsletter info@eldersclimateaction.org
The ECA's Winter Workshop Series is coming! Stay tuned. More information is coming soon.

The Education Committee is planning a 3-part Winter Workshop Series to increase the ways that elders can influence policy at the local, state and federal level.

Whether you have 30 minutes or 30 hours a month, you can influence climate policies. In this workshop series, you will learn from ECA members, elected officials, and other engaged citizens how to influence policy, and develop a plan that reflects your timefor influencing policy that reflects your time, availability, experience, and interests. Each workshop will feature a different level of government engagement, starting with local government, November 17, 6:30-8 PM (ET), state government, December 15, 6:30-8 PM (ET) and federal government, January 19, 6:30-8PM (ET).
Did you miss ECA's September National Call?

Action Though Our Dollars: Exploring B Corporations with Special Guest Speakers Dr. Ellonda L. Williams & Christoper Marquis

Catch up on this month's call or binge watch previous calls on our Website or YouTube Channel
Using Our Dollars: Learn More About B Corps
Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater good. We asked our members to suggest their favorite B Corps and you can see the list here or search the full B Corp Directory.
Make A Plan to Vote
How to Vote in the 2020 Election A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19. It is important we all have a plan to vote as early as possible this Election Day to ensure each and every vote is counted.

PHONE BANK or TEXT VOTERS -- Elders Promote the VOTE is hard at work. Join other ECA members who have been hard at work texting and phone banking to encourage voting and provide information about how to vote safely from home or at an early voting location. Sign up at eldersclimateaction.org/promotethevote/
Watch "A Path Forward" by our friends at Grandmothers 4 a Green New Deal: a deep dive into this ambitious and visionary proposal to tackle the climate crisis while providing a roadmap to a just and peaceful future.
Find more ways to take action in our Take Action with ECA Section of our website. Learn more about Upcoming Events Here.
Elders Promote the Vote: Elders Calling Elders Phone Banking & Text Messaging no experience necessary, weekly events
Elders Stand for Fair Elections launched by our parent Elders Action Network demands vote by mail and accessible options for all voters.
Elders Declare a Climate Emergency
Demands that governments to adopt an emergency response to the climate crisis.
Send a letter to Members of Congress, State Representatives & Governor with the click of a button.
ECA Monthly National Call
4th Tuesday of Each Month
October 27, 7 PM (ET) | 4 PM (PT)

The Food Waste Opportunity: Why Reducing Wasted Food is More Important Now Than Ever With Special Guest Nathan Lohrmann from ReFED

Please register to receive a link to join the call.
Everyone who registers will receive the call recording within 24 hours.
Join us for the special event 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future
With the climate crisis, COVID-19, and a global reckoning on racial justice turning our world upside down, we are forced to rethink normal and open the door to truly transformative change. We are very pleased to announce that ECA is joining the 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future, a global conversation about the truth of the climate crisis and how we can work together to solve it. An increasing number of our ECA members have become trained Climate Reality Project Leaders and a few of these leaders will join us to present this special webinar.

REGISTER NOW and plan to join us October 10 at 4:00 PM (ET) | 1:00 PM (PT) for this special online webinar. Also, sign up with Climate Reality to receive updates on future leadership trainings.
Climate Tea & Talk
Enjoy casual 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)
No Registration needed
ECA 101 for New Members
Learn more about the mission, vision and action opportunities at Elders Climate Action.

New date and time starting Oct. 5th
First Monday of Each Month
3:00 PM (ET) | 12 Noon (PT)
Elders Climate Action is a part of ELDERS ACTION NETWORK (EAN), a 501C3 organization whose mission is to build a movement of elders to address the social and environmental crises of our time. Visit the EAN website to learn about our other action groups and offerings.