Who We Are
Founded in late 2014, from our parent organization Conscious Elders Network, ECA has grown in a short time to over 5000 members with 5 active regional chapters and more in formation. We have established collaborative partnerships with 69 other climate-focused organizations. As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on our members to create the ECA legacy. You too can be part of this legacy!
Paul Severance, Founder, Elders Climate Action
Paul Severance spent most of his working life as a community organizer, including urban neighborhood organizing in New York and Indiana. He founded an Indiana senior citizens legislative advocacy organization, United Senior Action of Indiana, and served as its Executive Director for 27 years. He is past Board Chair and current Administrative Director for Sage-ing International.
In retirement, Paul has turned his attention to the existential threat posed by climate change, and the responsibility of elders to speak for the seventh generation. He believes that both because of our long-term perspective and our numbers, American elders have the potential to become a leading force in combating climate change. He founded Elders Climate Action, and now serves as a Congressional Liaison for Citizens Climate Lobby.
Meet the volunteer leaders who make Elders Climate Action possible
We are primarily baby boomers. Having come of age in a time of social activism, we know what power citizen voices can have in shaping public policy. We are grandparents and concerned elders who accept our role as guardians of future generations. We recognize that if we do not do something now, our grandchildren and future generations will suffer from our inaction.
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Hazel Chandler, Arizona
Margo Frank, California
Geri Freedman, Florida
Grady McGonagill, Massachusetts
Marilyn Price, California
Dr. Steve Simon, Indiana
John Sorensen, California
Leslie Wharton, Maryland