On September 17, a Sunday, thousands of activists will take to the New York City streets in a march and demonstration to end fossil fuel use. The action coincides with the United Nations’ Climate Ambition Summit and its demand is simple: stop the use of fossil fuels, a major driver of the climate change and environmental instability that is threatening the continued existence of the human race.
Radical Elders is organizing a contingent for this march because, as activists, we’re deeply concerned about the issue. But we also feel we have a responsibility to point out to our movements and to the world that climate change, driven by fossil fuel, is an elder issue and that elder presence in these demonstrations and in their programs is essential.
- We are quickest to die from climate instability and rapid temperature change events.
- Disruption of our communities and destruction of our homes, devastating for all, particularly threatens us with permanent homelessness since it’s already tough for elders to find housing. Forcing elders out of a community is highly impactful since we, more than anyone else, depend on our neighbors for our sustainability.
- The progressive homicidal deterioration of the quality of food, air and water kills us first because we’re older and more vulnerable.
- After we’ve worked our whole lives for our children and grand-children, climate change will make their lives impossible.
It hurts everyone. It hurts us first. Everyone must act to contain it. We must be on the front-lines.
If you’re in or near the New York metropolitan area or can travel to it on September 17, consider joining us at this demonstration. We’ll have banners and leaflets and everything needed to make our statement and to support the demonstration’s statement. We’re also organizing with other elders groups to make a large elders contingent.
So…first step…sign up so we know you’re coming and can start organizing our participation.
You have questions? firstname.lastname@example.org