Spring Into Action 2019 – Spring Webinar Series
Our Spring Into Action 2019 webinar series will inspire, inform and engage each and every one of us to step up and take action on climate change.
We had a large and enthusiastic response to our initial webinar series in the summer of 2018, Elders Standing for a Sustainable and Just World. That series featured community organizer Heather Booth, Nathaniel Stinnett of the Environmental Voter Project, Bob Inglis of republicEn.org and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. (See below for 2018 Webinar Recordings)
This year 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.
We have found that an online webinar series enables us to reach a broad audience of elders who are hungry for ways to learn more about climate change and actions that they can take to address it now. Host a house party and invite your friends to watch too!
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.
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.
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.