Chapters are a critical tool of Elders Climate Action. Our chapters are “boots on the ground” members of ECA who are taking action on climate issues within their own community as well as on the national level. Chapters participate in local events, rallies, town halls, candidate forums, meetings with elected officials, host local meetings and more. In addition, chapters guide and support the national actions of Elders Climate Action including sending letters to Members of Congress & Elders Vote for the Climate 2018 pledge.
How to Form an ECA Chapter?
A chapter starts with a few dedicated individuals who come together to take action for a livable planet for future generations. From a small beginning, it can grow to a large group of active and engaged elders. Chapters reflect a specific geographic region, whether it be a greater metropolitan area or an entire state. Chapters recruit, inspire, and support members to take actions that contribute to the mission and vision of ECA.
While chapters are the most formal and well-defined option for affiliation with ECA, areas that are not yet ready to form a chapter can start with a small climate action group, then build into an official chapter. Chapters rely on a dedicated and engaged core group of members.
Recognition as an official chapter requires an application and approval.
|ECA Chapter Guidelines|
|Apply to be a Chapter|
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR WORKING WITH ECA
Keeping in mind the aim of mobilizing a mass movement to address climate change, ECA strives to nurture elder engagement in any manner consistent with our mission. This may involve initiatives that we lack the capacity to imagine. At the same time, our experience and that of other organizations suggests some familiar models that are worth outlining. Here are the possibilities that we most readily envision. They are listed beginning with those that are most closely shaped by the ECA mission.
Initiative. We welcome specific initiatives that identify or respond to a short-term or long-term effort of ECA. Such initiatives could come from a lone individual or a small team. The motive for affiliation on the part of such individuals or teams would come from the desire to amplify the visibility of something they wished to initiate, gain credibility through use of ECA’s name, draw upon ECA’s resources, or learn from its experience. ECA’s motivation would be to amplify its impact and build relationships for longer-term alliance and partnership. Examples of initiatives might be: a person wishes to host a climate change conversation or a house party, drawing upon ECA materials; a small team wishes to initiate a resolution on renewable energy at a city council and position it as coming from a larger constituency; or members of a Conscious Elder Circle decide to organize and publicize a local event for Elder Climate Action Day 2017, in conjunction with ECA.
Ally. Allies are sister organizations with whom we collaborate in an ongoing way. They are “partners” (described below) with which we have a particularly close working relationship. The best example at the national level is the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which served as an example as we gave form to ECA. We have adopted CCL’s goal of a Carbon Fee and Dividend, modeled our first initiative—Grandparents’ Climate Action Day (GCAD)—after CCL’s annual “Lobby Day,” and drew upon CCL staff to provide training for GCAD. Mom’s Clean Air Force supported that action in a more limited way. Locally, a good example is 350Mass for a Better Future, which took the lead in organizing a 4-day “People Over Pipelines” March along the route of a proposed pipeline, protesting the Governor’s plan to impose a tariff (read “tax”) on utilities customers to finance the plan. We helped promote the event and made a $500 contribution.
Partner. ECA encourages local and statewide chapters to build partnerships with organizations in their communities with complementary missions. We reached out to existing climate change organizations to request support in promoting our first initiative, GCAD. We have since continued to propose partnership with organizations with which we sense potential synergy. So far ECA has cultivated over 65 strategic partners. Partnership requires little other than formal recognition of commonality of purpose and a commitment to fostering visibility of one another. However, in a few selected instances, we find it helpful to form closer relationships. We regard such partners as “Allies,” described above.
Coalition. We envision forming coalitions either by invitation from others or at the initiative of ECA. For example, the Mass. Chapter of ECA joined the 150-member coalition Mass. Power Forward in order to align itself synergistically with other climate-change organizations.
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