We Rise to Face the Climate Emergency – Fall Webinar Series

In this Webinar series ECA has declared a Climate Emergency.  We will explore how elders can engage in declaring a Climate Emergency in their communities, as well as hear from Reverend Michael Malcom about climate justice.




Margaret Klein Salamon

Ezra Silk

Rebecca Harris

Margaret Klein Salamon is the founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization. In this role she has helped catalyze a burgeoning worldwide climate emergency movement

Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and also holds a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change. She is the author of The Transformative Power of Climate Truth andLeading the Public into Emergency Mode. Her forthcoming book “Transform Yourself with Climate Truth” will help readers process the emotional, psychological elements of the climate crisis and rise to the challenge of our time.

Ezra Silk is Co-Founder and Strategy & Policy Director with The Climate Mobilization. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University in 2010, Ezra worked as a newspaper reporter covering local government affairs in Downeast and Southern Maine. He has reported for the Hartford Courant, the Bar Harbor Times and the Lakes Region Weekly.Ezra co-founded The Climate Mobilization with Margaret Klein Salamon in 2014. Two years later, he published The Victory Plan, an influential exploration of how the federal government could organize and implement America’s fair share of a total mobilization to save civilization from the climate emergency and ecological overshoot that has informed the demands of the global Extinction Rebellion movement. Ezra supported TCM’s advisory board chair Russell Greene in drafting language that was added to the 2016 Democratic Party platform and 2018 Democratic National Committee platform declaring a “global climate emergency,” and calling for a mobilization on the scale of World War II in response. For the past two years, Ezra has worked closely with the Leap L.A. coalition and the Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz on building a partnership to launch a groundbreaking climate emergency mobilization program in the City of Los Angeles that also redresses the city’s long history of racial and economic oppression. Additionally, he works to spread the climate emergency campaign across the world.

Organizing Director Rebecca Harris is a dynamic organizer who has been working for social justice since the age of 15, when she became involved in the peace movement in her hometown of Salem, Oregon. Since then, she has worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago Public Schools and organized for housing rights and racial justice.

Rebecca joined The Climate Mobilization in February 2018, bringing a background in training, facilitation, fundraising and strategic communications. She is a 2017 graduate of the Reframe Mentorship in strategic communications and a 2019 participant in the Anne Braden Organizer Training Program. Most recently, Rebecca worked as Development and Communications Manager at Latino Union of Chicago, an immigrants and workers rights organization.

Spring Into Action 2019 – Spring Webinar Series

For this Webinar Series you will hear from national experts and activists including the youth who will change the world through their activism; Project Drawdown which is the most comprehensive response to climate change; and hear proposed energy policies that can lead us to a low carbon future. You will not be disappointed in the spring webinar series.



Webinar 1: Special Guest Speaker Crystal Chissell, Vice President of Operations and Engagement at Project Drawdown.

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. “We did not make or devise the plan—the plan exists and is being implemented worldwide. It has been difficult to envision this possibility because the focus is overwhelmingly on the impacts of climate change. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. The research revealed that humanity has the means and techniques at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented, yet many more solutions are coming due to purposeful human ingenuity. The solutions we modeled are in place and in action. Humanity’s task is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible as soon as possible.” Crystal will discuss how elders can make an impact in their own community and at the federal level.  Read Crystal’s bio www.drawdown.org


Webinar 2:  Special Guest Speaker Robbie Orvis is Director of Energy Policy Design at Energy Innovation, where he works on the firm’s Energy Policy Solutions and Power Sector Transformation programs and is co-author of Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy.

Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy “combines the latest research and analysis on low-carbon energy solutions from electric vehicles to renewable energy. It is the first book to identify which specific policies, applied to the top 20 most-emitting countries, can have the largest potential impact to reduce emissions enough for a 50% chance of keeping global warming to a safe level.

And, it is the first outline of which shared policy design principles can make the difference between policies that work and policies that miss their goal.” Read Robbie’s bio

Webinar 3: With a Special Guest Panel Discussion with Youth Climate Advocates from the Youth Climate Movement

A number of Youth Climate Organizations are mobilizing kids to take action on climate change.  In this panel discussion we will include youth climate allies including Alex Loznak from Our Children’s Trust, Varshini Prakash from Sunrise Movement, Jerome Foster II from The Climate Reporter, Lia Harel from iMatter and Arielle Martinez Cohen from Zero Hour.

We will hear the youth perspective on important climate action topics and ways that they are working to build the youth movement. We will learn about their efforts to mobilize local, federal and global actions on climate change and how the elders can help! Read  the Youth Panel bios

2018 Webinar Series –

Elders Standing for a Sustainable and Just World

In the summer of 2018 ECA launched our first Webinar Series: Elders Standing for a Sustainable and Just World.  Each webinar features speakers as well as real strategies that you will be able to use immediately. Below you will find YouTube links and descriptions for each webinar including a full length version and edited shorter versions.



Webinar 1:  Special Guest Speaker, Heather Booth and Elder Activists, John Sorensen and Lynne Iser

This webinar is focused 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. Read Full Bio

Heather is 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.

Webinar 2:   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. Read Full Bio.

The second part of this webinar is 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. 


Webinar 3: 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. Read Full Bio

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.  

Webinar 4: 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. Read Full Bio

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.



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