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Elders Climate Action (ECA)

Local and Statewide Chapter Development

ECA is a grassroots elders campaign organized to create the political will necessary to change our nation’s energy policies to reduce the catastrophic threats to all of life caused by the human-caused changes in the Earth’s climate.

Role of Statewide and Local Chapters

ECA chapters are created to support our national campaign at the local level. Statewide and local chapters recruit, inspire, and support members to conduct activities that contribute to this movement. Chapter members will draw upon a range of possibilities, such as:

  • Assess existing activities that address climate change in their communities as a basis for identifying and filling gaps;

  • Plan and conduct local campaigns, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions or divesting from fossil-fuel stocks;

  • Recruit and mobilize elders throughout their communities;

  • Organize advocacy events directed at political entities at the town, city, and regional level;

  • Seek opportunities for collaboration and partnership with faith, civic, and environmental organizations;

  • Offer training in relevant areas of skill and knowledge building, such as lobbying and writing letters to the editor;

  • Submit letters and op-ed pieces to media in their community, state or elsewhere;

  • Lobby members of the state legislature and the U.S. Congress through “Elders Climate Action Days” and other activities (such as letter writing or phone calls);

  • Support the development of local chapters in other parts of the state and in surrounding states.

Chapter Meetings

The core purpose of chapter meetings is to enhance motivation and support actions. Thus setting intentions and sharing results tend to occupy center stage in most meet­ings. At the founding stage and periodically thereafter, we encourage chapters to take time to discuss individual participant’s hopes and explore how the chapter can best support both individ­ual and collective aspirations. In addition, skill-building and educational activities are valuable and are available to ECA chapters on-line  from organizations like Gray is Green, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Climate Reality Project, and 350.org.

For further information please contact Grady McGonagill