Daily Archives: July 15, 2018

Elders Climate Action (Massachusetts) with Grady McGonagill | EV & N – 281 | CCTV



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Eldeers Climate Action coordinates and mobilizes elder citizens to share their wisdom & experience to provide for a sustainable future.

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ECA Massachusetts Chapter

Elders Climate Action Massachusetts works to mobilize elders to address climate change while there is still time to protect the well-being of our grandchildren and future generations.

Core strategy:

Organizing elders to exert pressure on lawmakers and government agencies to develop policies that respond forcefully to climate change. We promote climate-friendly societal norms and behaviors among individuals, communities, businesses, and educational institutions.

Supporting Strategies:

  • We encourage elders to take responsibility for climate action
  • We cultivate a strong network of connections with allied organizations and the lifelong networks of our elder climate activists
  • We reach out to elders to foster clusters of elder activism
  • We develop relationships with key legislators
  • We cultivate expertise on the reality of climate change and ways combating it
  • We communicate about the reality and impact of climate change, telling stories that draw on our unique wisdom, to influence other elders, other citizens, and decision-makers
  • We facilitate elder engagement by alerting elders to personal and local actions they can take
  • We actively develop our leadership capacity as individuals and as an organization.

Elders Climate Action featured by Yale Climate Connections

Elders Climate Action
Published on Jan 9, 2018

From our Friends at Yale Climate Connections. We are grateful to our partners and supporters who realize the power of elders in taking climate action!Yale Climate Connections

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming: Paul Hawken, Tom Steyer

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world

“At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.” —Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

“There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” —David Roberts, Vox

“This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.” —Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

The Climate Majority: Leo Barasi

The Climate Majority is the first book to investigate climate apathy, to describe how it prevents action to stop climate change and to show how it can be beaten with an approach developed for political campaigns.

Leo Barasi argues that dangerous climate change will only be prevented if the majority of people―including those who aren’t environmentalists―are persuaded of the need to limit emissions. He applies his policy and campaign experience to show that politicizing climate change makes it more difficult to build consensus, particularly among people who are currently apathetic.

This is one of few books to focus on public opinion and climate change and it attempts to reveal what people really think by drawing examples and evidence of from the United States, the UK, Australia, and Canada.

In a time of growing nationalism in many developed countries―and right-wing negativity towards the need for meaningful action―The Climate Majority offers a new way of understanding what can be done within the system, rather than despite it. In an era of political setbacks for sustainability, we need new hope and new tools. Anyone who cares about climate change can draw on the lessons in this book to help build a climate majority.

Leo Barasi is a freelance consultant on climate change policy and campaigns. He works with charities, political candidates, and private companies to help them understand and change public opinion. He writes regularly for the New Statesman, openDemocracy, and Climate Home.