As Elders Climate Action members, we will use our energy and influence to protect future generations from the consequences of climate change. We will work with federal, state and local governments, private institutions and businesses to enact strong energy and environmental policies. Climate change can be addressed simultaneously by many diverse strategies, each of which can substantively decrease the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases.
Download a PDF of the ECA Core Principles & Policies
We advocate for policies that will:
|Discourage and eventually halt any further extraction of fossil fuels from the Earth|
|Eliminate current levels of CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 and by 100% by 2050. (In line with the IPCC 1.5 report)|
|Seek and encourage means to draw down carbon from the atmosphere into carbon sinks.|
|Promote forms of clean energy, including new and emerging technologies.|
|Build relationships and collaborations with like-minded groups to promote our goals.|
ECA Current Priorities
- Support passage of HR 763-The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
- Encouragement of our elected representatives in Congress to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.
- Support the development and eventual implementation of the Green New Deal.
- Eliminate methane emissions from natural gas operations and support efforts to reduce meat consumption and methane reducing feed for livestock.
- Support all efforts to exceed the Paris COP 21 Climate Agreement including all recommendations in the IPCC 1.5 and National Climate Assessment reports.
- Support of all forms of carbon sequestration through natural biologic processes.
ECA actively supports the following actions by our members, chapters and partners:
|Divestment of fossil fuel stocks from portfolios held by private institutions and pension funds.|
Opposition to further extraction of fossil fuels from the ground by adopting policies to:
Support of environmental justice for low-income and minority communities who may suffer more from the impacts of pollution of their air, ground and water as a result of extracting and/or burning fossil fuels.
Support of certain lawsuits such as Our Children’s Trust, a lawsuit against the federal government for violating the younger generations’ constitutional rights through its ill-advised actions in causing climate change.