What is missing that could break the gridlock on Climate Change?
The unified voice of the Elders! 

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ECA_Elders_smilingcrop.jpgWe are a campaign, a movement of elders committed to making our voices heard...to change our nation’s energy policies while there is still time to avoid catastrophic changes in the Earth’s climate. 

Because of this concern and because we are the largest voting bloc, we elders are in an unique position to influence national policy and can use that power to push for policies that will reduce greenhouse gases to a level consistent with life thriving on our planet. 




This year, we Americans will be electing a new president, a third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives.  If we are to hope to make significant progress after the election, we must do everything we can to raise the issue of climate change in the election campaign.  That responsibility falls especially to elders, who throughout human history are the people who have had a long view and commitment to future generations. Just as Iroquois elders called for attention to the seventh generation, so must elders today speak out on behalf of the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Guiding Principle for the ECA Congressional Climate Project

This campaign is a part of Elders Climate Action's long term commitment to achieving national policies that will reverse the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere in time to preserve a livable planet for the grandchildren and all life.  Therefore a critical goal for us is to create relationships of respect and appreciation with all members of Congress so we can work effectively with them after the election.  We do not endorse candidates, nor express preferences for candidates.  We simply urge ALL candidates to commit to action on climate change.

To accomplish that, we need elders in as many Congressional districts as possible to participate. Future generations are depending on all of us!

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2016 is a Critical Year for the Future of Our Grandchildren and All Life!


Now, the truth is that 2017 will also be a critical year for our grandchildren, and 2018, and every year thereafter . . . until the world either:

(1) permanently reduces our greenhouse gas emissions enough that their concentration in the Earth's atmosphere begins steadily dissipating; or

(2) tipping points are passed which will ensure that climate change has spun out of control and there is no longer anything we can do to prevent catastrophic sea level rise with millions of climate refugees, agricultural disruption and destruction of coral reefs that drastically reduces world food supplies, out of control spread of tropical diseases, commonplace catastrophic weather events, and more.

Note:  This is not a partisan political statement.  It is a scientific judgement supported by the conclusions of every National Academy of Science in the world!  This is about our survival, not about Democrats vs Republicans, Liberals vs Conservatives.  Unfortunately, it's also about politicians under the influence of big money from fossil fuel companies. 

Then what's so important about 2016?


The United States entered into agreements in Paris to do our part in addressing this international crisis.  The world is looking to the US:  Are we serious about keeping our commitments?  If it becomes clear that we are not, the world effort to protect the lives of the grandchildren disappears.  So 2016 will provide the first test as to whether the United States will step forward to do our part to combat a threat that we have contributed by far the most to creating. 

And, of course, 2016 is an election year that could have great impact on US policy on greenhouse gas emissions for the next four years.  

Just when we need a World War II scale mobilization to address this threat, our politicians are largely ignoring it.

As Dr. Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the author of over 100 books, said recently in an interview (regarding the 2016 elections): "It's pretty remarkable to see how the worst threats that the human species has ever faced, the most important decisions it must make-and soon-are virtually absent from the discussions and debates."

Paul Severance

Co-Chair, Elders Climate Action


Grandparents Climate Action Day 2015



The first annual Grandparents Climate Action Day in Washington DC on September 9 & 10th, 2015 was a huge success with over 100 grandparents joining together on behalf of the climate. Get the full recap by watching the Webcast which features highlights from the two day gathering, keynote speakers, and scenes from the flash mob! Watch the webcast now.  Join us and stay connected to learn about future Elders Climate Action Events in 2016!


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