Our chapters are comprised of ECA members who have decided to take action on climate issues within their community, state, or region as well as on the national level. Whether alone or in collaboration with ECA partners and other like-minded organizations, chapters participate in local events, rallies, town halls, candidate forums, meetings with elected officials, and more. Chapters are great ways to engage in ECA’s national actions such as the Candidate’s Climate Pledge, the Environmental Voter Pledge, and reaching out to Members of Congress in support of national actions that will help turn back climate change. If you are interested in joining one of our ECA Chapters, check our Chapter Directory below and reach out to a a leader of the chapter you would like to join.
If there isn’t a Chapter near Me, Can I Form an ECA Chapter?
New chapters often start with a few dedicated individuals who realize they care about protecting future generations from impending climate chaos. By networking with friends and family and reaching out into the community, that small team can grow to a substantial group of engaged elders. Chapters often grow their membership by taking on local or state climate-related issues, whether supporting renewable energy or green building initiatives, opposing the expansion of fossil fuels, or other programs that help turn back the dial on climate change.
Elders Climate Action has a Council of Chapters where chapter leaders and those interested in forming new chapters meet monthly by video conference. Members can hear from their colleagues around the country, get ideas for successful chapter actions, discuss the challenges they face and hear from others about how they have addressed those same challenges, and inspire and get inspired by other ECA members.
If you are interested in forming an Elders Climate Action chapter, you can check out the Chapter Guidelines below. You are invited to reach out to Grady McGonagill (email@example.com) or Leslie Wharton (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in forming a chapter and would like to participate in the Council of Chapters monthly meetings. Once you are ready to establish a chapter, you will complete a chapter application form (see below).
|ECA Chapter Guidelines|
|Apply to be a Chapter|
|ECA Chapter Guide to Getting Started ECA Chapter Handbook (some sections are limited access)|
Other Ways to be Part of ECA
Even if you are not a member of a formal ECA chapter, you can be an active impactful member of ECA’s team. For instance, you may be interested in hosting a climate change conversation at your home, community center, church or other location. Or perhaps you want to form a book club where you can engage with others over books addressing anything from the science of climate change to its impacts to how to talk to skeptics about climate change. Some may been drawn to pulling together friends and family to press the city our county counsel to adopt a specific resolution on renewable energy or organize and publicize a local event for Earth Day. There are lots of possibilities! You can explore some of those possibilities along with resources that can help you move forward at [link to the section of website]!
Initiatives. ECA has adopted a number of initiatives in conjunction with its partners. For instance, in 2018 ECA is working actively with the Environmental Voter Project to get more voters who are concerned about climate change to the polls. [link to EVP page] We welcome members, partners, or other organizations to propose that ECA engage in specific climate-change related initiatives at the local, state or national levels. If the proposed initiative is consonant with ECA’s principles and available resources, the initiative may provide an opportunity to amplify our impact by establishing the credibility and numbers necessary to make progress in today’s difficult times.
ECA Partners. ECA has active partnerships with over 65 other organizations that are addressing climate change and its impacts in a variety of ways. We encourage members and chapters to work with our partners at the local, state and regional levels where there are opportunities to collaborate and expand our impact. Check out our Partner Listing.
Ally. Allies are sister organizations with whom we collaborate in an ongoing way. They are “partners” with which we have developed a close working relationship. An example at the national level is the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), which has served as a great model and mentor for us. ECA supports CCL’s goal to have Congress adopt Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation, which would put a price on the negative externalities of fossil fuels while mitigating the anticipated rise in energy costs by returning the fee collected from the fossil fuel companies to American households. In our first national conference in 2015 — Grandparents’ Climate Action Day (GCAD) – CCL provided staff to train our members on how to effectively lobby members of Congress on the CF&D. We have also worked closely with Mom’s Clean Air Force on specific actions, supporting their annual “Play In” on Capitol Hill. On the local level, our Massachusetts chapter worked closely with 350Mass for a Better Future on a 4-day “People Over Pipelines” March along the route of a proposed pipeline, protesting the Governor’s plan to impose a tariff (read “tax”) on utilities customers to finance the plan. ECA is always excited by the prospect of joining with partner organizations to magnify our voices and impact on climate change.
Coalition. ECA is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Network (USCAN), a national organization that brings together more than 160 environmental groups to further collaboration in addressing the wide range of issues that climate change engenders. On the local level, ECA chapters have joined other organizations to promote specific climate-related policies. For instance, ECA’s Massachusetts Chapter joined the 150-member coalition Mass. Power Forward in order to align itself synergistically with other climate-change organizations in pushing the Massachusetts governor and legislature to adopt regulations so that it can meet its stated objective of lowering global warming pollution by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.