Elders Standing for a Sustainable and Just World

As you may know, Elders Climate Action had planned to gather in Washington, D.C. for 3 days dedicated to climate action. After critical reflection, and listening to the voices of our members, we have switched gears, and are pleased to offer a webinar series featuring the wonderful speakers and program we had planned for our Elders Climate Action Day gathering.

Each webinar will have featured speakers as well as real strategies that you will be able to use immediately.  Of course as elders we know that community and fun is important especially as we deal with these very serious global issues.  So there will be some light and fun moments each week and opportunities to follow up in discussion groups. These webinars are a great opportunity for you to invite your family, friends, or neighbors to listen and reflect together on what you can do about climate change.  All are invited to host a party for your neighbors or a viewing in a local community center.

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Webinar 1: Our Elder Role in Standing for Social and Environmental Justice

Tuesday, July 10th, 6:00 PM Eastern / 3:00 PM Pacific

Special Guest Speaker, Heather Booth and Elder Activists, John Sorensen and Lynne Iser

This webinar will focus on how we can effectively organize as elders to expand our reach, strengthen our resolve and provide a sustainable future  for all children. Our dynamic keynote speaker, Heather Booth, has a lifetime of experience successfully organizing citizens to bring about social change.

Heather will be followed by a discussion led by Elder Activists, John Sorensen and Lynne Iser, who will discuss how we elders can engage and act now to preserve the planet for future generations.

Heather Booth

Heather Booth began organizing in the civil rights, anti-Vietnam war and women’s movements. She was the founding Director, now President, of Midwest Academy, training social change organizers. She has managed political campaigns and was Training Director of the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund. In 2008, she was director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO. In 2010 she was founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, to regulate the financial industry. She was national coordinator for the coalition around the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. She was strategic advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship (the largest coalition of the immigration reform campaign).

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Webinar 2: Communicating for Climate Action

Monday, July 23th, 6:00 PM Eastern / 3:00 PM Pacific

Special Guest Speaker, Bob Inglis, Executive Director of RepublicEn, Former South Carolina Republican Congressman and ECA Chapter Leaders, Grady McGonagill (Massachusetts), Hazel Chandler (Arizona), and John Sorensen, Shirley McGrath, Sheila Tarbett (Northern California).

Hear from this former congressman’s work to educate the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change. Inglis believes that with a true level playing field, free enterprise can deliver the innovation to solve climate change. But America’s climate policy needs to change. Change requires that conservative leaders step-up and lead. Learn some of the best strategies for reaching across the aisle to communicate about climate change especially when addressing skeptics.

The second part of this webinar will be a panel discussion and presentations by elders who have stepped up and started Elders Climate Action chapters in three very different parts of the country.  Hear how they inspired others to join our movement of elders acting for future generations and what initiatives these very different chapters in different parts of the country are pursuing.

Bob Inglis

Bob Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012 and serves as executive director, where he promotes free enterprise action on climate change.

For his work on climate change Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He appears in the film Merchants of Doubt and in the Showtime series YEARS of Living Dangerously (episodes 3 and 4), and he spoke at TEDxJacksonville (watch).

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Webinar 3: Our Voice, Our Vote, Do Environmentalists Vote?

Wednesday, August 8th, 6:00 PM Eastern / 3:00 PM Pacific

Special Guest Speaker, Nathaniel Stinnett, Environmental Voter Project and Elders Climate Action leaders, Hazel Chandler, Margo Frank and Jen Chandler

Nathaniel Stinnett is the Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan nonprofit that uses big data and behavioral science to identify non-voting environmentalists and then get them to vote. Learn the truth about who really votes in our country and why climate change and the environment have largely been ignored by our politicians.

Following Nathaniel Stinnett’s discussion of the issues, Elders Climate Action will launch our Candidates Pledge Climate Action project. This is an initiative to get candidates for office at all levels of government to affirm that climate change is real and threatens our national security, the health of our people, and our economy. Each and every one of us can be part of this initiative where we live. We will walk you through our experience piloting this project and the tools we have created so that you can take action in your local area.  

Nathaniel Stinnett

Nathaniel Stinnett is the Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan nonprofit that uses big data and behavioral science to identify non-voting environmentalists and then get them to vote.  Read the the new issue of Washington Monthly features a cover story on the Environmental Voter Project’s “brilliantly simple plan to turn out environmental voters.”

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Webinar 4:  For the Grandchildren, Future Generations and all Life

Wednesday, August 22th, 6:00 PM Eastern / 3:00 PM Pacific

Special Guest Speaker, Katharine Hayhoe and ECA’s Director of Operations, Jen Chandler

In such a politically charged environment, are we still able to act on climate? Or is it too late? Climate scientist, Katharine Hayhoe gives us a view of the complex science connecting our choices to future impacts, the actions that are being taken to combat this critical issue today, and ways in which we elders can take action to turn back the trajectory of global warming.

You have heard from many people and what do you do with that information now?  You stand up and act for all future generations.  ECA has prepared a variety of tools and resources to have at your fingertips so that you can act for the climate.  A guided tour of our exciting and easy to navigate web page with all the tools you will need to take action will provide you with everything you need to get started to take action on climate change on the local, state and federal levels.

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished climate scientist, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications in the top journals in the field. She is also a remarkable communicator. She’s been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers, and by Fortune as one of the 50 world’s greatest leaders. She’s served on the panels for the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other professional organizations devoted to understanding and communicating climate change.

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