VOICE OF A FUTURE ELDER
Julie Hantman, National Outreach Manager, Mom’s Clean Air Force
The climate movement is picking up steam and its increasing diversity is a big reason why. No longer can any headline say e.g. ‘environmentalists decry roadblocks to climate action.’ That’s because it isn’t just environmentalists speaking up anymore. We’ve got a big and bigger tent. There are scientists of course, there are experts on national security, food security and you-name-it security. There is the faith community, labor, and more.
And generationally there is the youth movement, there are moms and dads – and now elders.
The climate movement needs the unique voices of elders. Parents of school-age children have the exquisite focus of day to day parenting to bring to bear in our advocacy. Elders – grandparents or not – have the long view. As I meet more ECA members I see plenty of internal diversity but the common denominator perhaps is the passion that comes from experience and dynamic reflection. A different flavor! We need you and it’s a pleasure to think and take action together.
Note: Julie adds new meaning to being a partner by spending a day with ECA elders to participate in our next Elders Climate Action event in 2017