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 Application & Organizing Toolkit below.
Chapter Application & Organizing Toolkit
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 be drawn to pulling together friends and family to press the city our county counsel to adopt a specific resolution on clean 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 on the Take Action with ECA section of our Website.