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Town Hall – Face of Climate Action
August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sponsored by Elders Climate Action
About Elders Climate Action
Elders Climate Action is an all volunteer organization building a non-partisan movement of elders committed to acting on climate change. We are determined to change our nation’s global warming mitigation policies and practices while there’s still time to avoid catastrophic outcomes. Because of this concern and because we vote consistently, elders are in a unique position to lead efforts to influence national policy and pressure to implement solutions. We are committed to using our voices, our votes, and our collective power to push for policies and practices that will reduce greenhouse gases to a level consistent with life thriving on our planet.
August Town Halls
Elders Climate Action (ECA) Arizona Chapter with the financial support of an EDF Summer of Action 2019 grant will organize five strategically located “Faces of Climate Action Town Halls” during the congressional recess August 3rd – September 8th, 2019. Three town halls will be held in the greater Phoenix area, one in Tucson and one in Northern Arizona-Flagstaff area, in or near all nine Congressional Districts. The purpose will be to bring together intergenerational, multi-cultural, and interfaith communities to address the urgency of the climate crisis and the necessity for immediate action. The intent is to bring diverse voices together to interact with local, state, and federal officials. Working through community partners, ECA will reach out to elders, families, and youth to come together to discuss climate issues, innovations, and solutions. We will encourage elders to bring their grandchildren and the youth to bring their parents/grandparents. Additionally, we will conduct outreach to engage tribal, low income, minorities, and marginalized communities as well as the interfaith voices, health professional and civic leaders.
The Town Hall format will include a combination of speakers, panel discussions, and personal storytelling to address the greatest climate issues that impact Arizona. The panel discussion format will allow Members of Congress to hear and interact with diverse voices including experts and community members discussing the urgency of climate action as well as real solutions to building a vibrant and sustainable economy. The focus will be on to the unique climate issues that Arizona is facing, such as extreme heat, water, air quality, transportation, health impacts, and managing growth.
Messaging for the project will explore the following topics:
- Why we care
- Building bridges between generations, minority and religious communities.
- Solutions and innovations to address Arizona’s unique challenges
As part of the town halls, participants will have the opportunity to create 1-2-minute videos about why they care about climate change and call on members of Congress to take urgent action. Videos recorded at the July 12th Elders Climate Action Day event in D.C. will be utilized as inspiration for Arizona Town Halls outreach to social/media outlets. At Town Hall events participants will be encouraged to live stream and share their videos on social media. We plan to share edited and compiled videos through social media and with our strategic partners for dissemination.