Climate change touches everyone. It’s a collective crisis requiring a collective response. Multi-cultural, multi-generational coalitions raising their voices and demanding large-scale action to preserve the planet that we share. Climate activist Bill McKibben recently said, “If you can get grandparents answering the call of the Sunrise Movement generation, then we’ve got a chance for political shifts that will make rapid progress easier.”
San Francisco Village and Ashby Village, membership organizations made up of older adults, many of whom are grandparents, are organizing to answer that call. Their first Climate Action Summit last month brought together 65 older adults from several Villages in the Bay Area. Participants were introduced to five local organizations making a difference. You may see a summary of that session here. The consensus was they wanted to know more!
Beginning April 9 and continuing for five consecutive weeks, Village members are invited to Friday Morning Climate Talks with a featured speaker from each organization. Learn more about organizational efforts and what role you might play in advancing their cause. The talks are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you like.
April 9: 350 Bay Area — Nan Farley
April 16: Active Allies — Felix Kramer & Costanza Gonzalo
April 23: Elders Climate Action — Todd Weber
April 30: Sierra Club Bay Area — Jacob Klein
May 7: 1000 Grandmothers — Carol Rothman & Rochelle Towers
If you plan to attend, please RSVP for each climate talk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your confirmation will provide you with the Zoom link. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day of the session with the same Zoom link.
A second Climate Action Summit is scheduled for Friday May 14 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. to discuss what we’ve learned and plan for what’s next. We’ll also explore climate justice and how climate change disproportionately affects communities of color. Be sure to save the date!
The events of the past year have left many older adults feeling isolated and overwhelmed with the state of our world. As we continue to navigate an uncertain future, we can find strength in connecting with others in a common cause. Join us in doing all that we can to ensure our children and grandchildren inherit a planet that will sustain them.