January II, Pruitt Nomination Issue 
Don't Let Scott Pruitt Kill The Clean Power Plan!
Full implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan has been one of Elders Climate Action's top two priorities since our beginning.

That's because carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants constitute the largest source of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change - The Clean Power Plan is the national regulation that cuts back these emissions.

But now, the Clean Power Plan, and all EPA action to address air pollution, are at great risk:  Scott Pruitt, a former Oklahoma Attorney General who has vigorously opposed the Clean Power Plan and virtually every other EPA program to protect our environment, has been nominated to be the new head of the EPA! 

Now is the time to speak up!  Please click the button below to send a letter to your two US Senators. Strengthen your voice by adding your own words about why taking action against climate change is important to you.  We suggest mentioning your concern for your grandchildren or other children you care about.  

Then when you have sent your message, please forward this email to everyone you know who cares about our responsibility to future generations.  

Act quickly, as Pruitt's nomination hearings will begin on January 18th, so time is of the essence.

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Why is the Clean Power Plan so Important?

Elders Climate Action supports the EPA's Clean Power Plan which offers ground breaking rules to limit carbon pollution from both existing and new power plants in the US. Because these power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution, we know that the Clean Power Plan is crucial if we are to create a livable planet for future generations.  Compliance with the Clean Power Plan will take us far towards keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and maintain our leadership role in carrying out the COP 21 Paris Agreement.  The Paris Agreement has been ratified by 122 of the 197 signatory countries including the US. and the other largest contributors to carbon gas emissions.

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This month's topic is: Everything You Want to Know About ECA But Are Afraid to Ask. 

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APRIL 27 & 28, 2017




By Grady McGonagill, Hinda Blum and Perry Carrison, ECA Mass Chapter

In mid-December the Massachusetts chapter of Elders Climate Action sponsored "Our Climate Legacy: What Can I Do?"­-an art exhibit intended to provide an inspirational aesthetic encounter with climate change.  Hinda Blum, Massachusetts Chapter Member, who took the lead in conceiving and organizing the event (with the support of Perry Carrison, whom she met through ECA), had envisioned the exhibition this way: "As each person views the paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media of five artists, they will witness the effects of the artists' environmental perspectives." Hinda and Perry hoped that this catalyst would instill a sense of urgency and passion in viewers, inspiring them to shape their own legacy by taking action on climate change, possibly even becoming more involved in an ongoing way to arrest the progress of climate change.
Those who attended the opening on Dec. 18 had the opportunity to discuss their views with four of the five artists featured. Hinda and Perry introduced the opening with a brief presentation on the causes of climate change and how it manifests itself in the environment.  Chapter leader Grady McGonagill then facilitated a Q&A interaction with the 40 people in attendance. This was followed by formation of small groups in which people shared reactions to the art and to Hinda's introduction, described steps they had taken in their personal lives to address climate change, and brainstormed ideas for further steps they and others could take.  Steps that some reported already taken included switching to wind power, changing light bulbs to LEDs, buying a hybrid car, and replacing an old heating system with one that was more energy efficient. As for what additional steps a person could take, influencing legislators (state and federal) was mentioned, and even taking to the streets as a means of doing so.

This event was a rewarding and successful example of a Mass. Chapter member pursuing an individual passion to address climate change.  Hinda and Perry overcame a number of obstacles to make the exhibition happen: they identified artists with environmental themes and persuaded five to loan their art at no charge (other than shipment of photographs from the most well-known of the five); identified a place willing to make space available at no cost (the New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA); created and circulated a color brochure; promoted the event using social media (after creating a web-page); and raised $1818 from friends and family. 
Looking back, Hinda and Perry feel they have learned a great deal. What stands out for them is the enormity of this project. For example, finding artists to dedicate their work pro bono proved very difficult. And although they worked very hard to reach people who might not know much about climate change through social media and the press, comments from participants suggested that the exhibit for the most part preached to the choir. Despite the steep learning curve, and impact that fell short of their aspirations, Hinda and Perry felt very excited by and pleased with their efforts.  Their chapter members took great pride in the project as well.
Read the Article in  Wicked Local Newton

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