Thank you for being a part of Elders Climate Action. We are grateful to have you in the vanguard of an effort to mobilize elders throughout America to stand for the well-being of all grandchildren and future generations.
Climate is a complicated matter, and I am constantly learning more. Everything I have learned confirms the conclusions reached by every National Academy of Science in the world, and virtually every peer-reviewed climate science paper - the path of emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into our atmosphere has created a huge threat to all of life on this planet. Harmful impacts from carbon dioxide that has already been emitted - and stays in the atmosphere for up to 1,000 years - are happening now and growing.
The good news? These climate scientists tell us we have the tools and a window of opportunity to turn this around. It’s a fairly narrow window, but we can avoid the most catastrophic effects if we take strong action now.
While individual action is important, it clearly is not enough. It requires major policy changes at the national level.
So how, in the midst of political gridlock, will we bring about those national policy changes?
The answer is simple. We, the elders are our best chance! Because of our numbers, because we vote and because we are concerned about the legacy we are leaving all grandchildren and future generations… we have the potential to make a huge difference.
And how do we mobilize this greatest voting bloc in our country?
Through you! It doesn't matter whether you have ever been an activist, ever lobbied or ever taken any political action, Elders Climate Action is your vehicle to make your voice heard. Elders Climate Action is made up of concerned elders just like you across the U.S. If we all take a moment to encourage our friends and family to join, ECA's numbers will grow exponentially.
One important action you can take is to forward this email to 10 or more of your friends, ask them to join Elders Climate Action, come to Washington, DC in September and help us build the momentum we need to make our voices heard now. With the Paris Climate Summit convening in early December the pressure is mounting for all nations to enact strong energy policies. Thus, there is a growing urgency in Congress to determine what stance the United States will take to curb carbon emissions. Grandparents Climate Action Day is the perfect time for us to deliver our message to Congress!
In this issue of our newsletter you will meet Margo Frank. She, like you is concerned about what climate change is doing to our planet and recently joined our effort. We welcome and urge you to get involved like Margo has.
In this edition, check out our ECA Update. We have some very exciting news to share with you about Grandparents Climate Action Day! You won’t want to miss that!
Also in this edition is a powerful 2 minute video of children from all over the world asking world leaders at the United Nations “Why?” Why aren’t we doing something to protect their future?
Capping it off are some articles that will leave you inspired by the great progress that is happening around the globe as the Church of England announces divestment from fossil fuels and the Pope prepares to make climate change the centerpiece of his encyclical!
We can do this. We must do this. We will do this.
For the Grandchildren,
Elders Climate Action Update
Here are recent key developments in our campaign:
- Grandparents Climate Action Day in September is moving along quickly. We are incredibly excited to have secured the world’s most prominent climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, as our Keynote Speaker on September 9th!
- We now have 16 Grandparents Climate Action Day partner organizations, including Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.org, the Pachamama Alliance.
- Our new website, www.eldersclimateaction.org is continually being updated, as is our Facebook page. We will soon be opening registration for Grandparents Climate Action Day.
- The Conscious Elders Network (our parent organization), will be kicking off a petition drive with the goal of collecting 100’s of thousands of signatures supporting our policy agenda to deliver to Congress in September.
Grandparents Climate Action Day
Dr. James Hansen Announced as Keynote Speaker
Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa.
He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and other life on our planet.
Watch James Hansen's TED Talk about his involvement with the global climate change debate, and why believes we must act now.
For the Grandchildren
Watch this powerful 2 minute video featuring the voices of young people who dare to ask
“Why not act on climate change?"
How would you respond to a young person for whom you care deeply, when asked “why or why not act on climate change?"
Don't miss the latest feature of the Elders Climate Action Website,
ways to engage your grandchildren in the climate change conversation
Meet Margo- an ECA Volunteer!
Elders Climate Action would not be possible without the power and determination of our amazing group of volunteers. Elders from across the country are uniting their voices on behalf of our planet and grandchildren.
Meet one exceptional volunteer- Margo- who is worried about the planet she will leave her grandchildren if she doesn't act now. Watch her video and learn more by clicking on the image.
There are many ways to get involved with Elders Climate Action, even if you only have one hour- consider gathering signatures for our upcoming petition or reach out to partner organizations. Each person and their efforts make a big difference!
Let us know why you chose to be involved with Elders Climate Action by posting to Facebook, submitting a video or written testimony, and of course- help spread the word by inviting your friends and family to join Elders Climate Action.
Inspiring News from Around the World
7 Hopeful Climate Stories
Everyday we are inundated by the doom and gloom reality that climate change is upon us. We hear it on the radio, read it in newspapers, and see terrifying photos of catastrophes around the globe. It can be easy to feel lost or powerless in such a complicated issue.
Because climate change has been an issue for a number of years, great strides have been taken by many countries around the world. Read 7 Hopeful Climate Stories to learn more about the positive effects these efforts are already making to restore a healthy climate.
Church of England Latest to Join Divestment
"It is a moral issue. It is an issue of social justice, human rights and fundamental ethics," Ki-Moon said, adding that "climate change is the defining issue of our time."
The summit, arranged by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, is the prologue to Pope Francis' June encyclical — one of the highest forms of papal expression — that will promote climate change action, framing it as a moral and religious imperative. Read more
Elders Climate Action is a project of The Conscios Elders Network (CEN) a movement of vital elders, dedicated to growing in consciousness while actively addressing the demanding challenges facing our country.