When: Friday, May 14th, 10-11:30am
Where: Zoom - Please RSVP for Zoom link
Open to: Members and volunteers only
“Climate change is a collective crisis,” said Village Movement California (VMC) Executive Director Charlotte Dickson. “It requires collective, not individual solutions. Our real power comes when we work together”.
Recently, members of Ashby Village (AV) and SF Village (SFV) joined forces to collaborate on how to respond to climate change. Seeking partners, SFV member Bill Haskell reached out to Ashby Village and was connected with Rochelle Lefkowitz, AV member and co-founder of ELDER ACTION. They began to plan how to leverage the power of older adults who are determined to leave their legacy for future generations: a planet that will sustain them.
The result? The first large group session of a new initiative, with the support of VMC, called “Let’s Take Action on Climate Change Together,” held Friday, March 5th. There were more than 65 members and volunteers of Ashby Village (AV), San Francisco Village (SFV), plus their guests from Carquinez, Claremont, and the Villages of San Mateo.
Bill and Rochelle tapped five existing Bay Area nonprofits already focused on climate action (see below). Here’s how the five climate organizations described themselves:
1,000 Grandmothers for Future Generations Bay Area: Older women working to address the climate crisis. Auxiliary members included - men, friends and relations, young and old. Particularly focused on climate justice.
Active Allies: Advancing climate action and climate justice through youth employment and intergenerational collaboration. Sponsors, Mentors, Advisors, and Project Managers all work together to defend, repair, and regenerate our communities and our world.
350 Bay Area: Volunteers working to raise awareness of the climate crisis; mobilize to demand actions that protect us all from the worst impacts; support young people calling for a livable planet; and dig into policy options to get emissions reductions actions passed.
Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter: One of our nation’s enduring environmental organizations, the Sierra Club practices and promotes the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources. Its mission: to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the natural and human environment, using all lawful means.
Elders Climate Action/NorCal Chapter: Mobilizing elders to address climate change while there’s still time to protect the well-being of our grandchildren and future generations. Dedicated to using the power of our caring, wisdom and numbers to push for strong policies to reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere to a level consistent with life thriving on our planet.
If you weren't able to attend you can watch the 80-minute video of this first inspiring event here: https://youtu.be/DHjmKlbHtcs
During this second large group session of this initiative, representatives of those in attendance at each of the Friday Morning Talks will share what they learned and what climate actions those on the call expressed interest in.
In addition, we will learn about the climate crisis from the point of view of a person of color and understand more what the goal of climate justice means. We will also learn about how climate change is already harming the health of California’s older adults, especially in Black and Brown communities.
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