Faces of Climate Action town halls upcoming in Arizona


Hosted by Elders Climate Action – Arizona chapter:

” Elders Climate Action, Arizona Chapter, is a page dedicated to sharing information about climate related events and perspectives. Our primary focus is on Arizona, but insights and info about any subject that members think would be relevant and useful to others are welcomed.
ECA Arizona is part of a national organization, Elders Climate Action that is working to raise the consciousness and mobilize the nation’s elders about this critical issue of climate change.”
They are hosting 5 climate action town halls in Arizona in August & September. Sign up now (see link below):
August 28 – West Valley Climate Town Hall, 6:30 – 8:30 PM ( Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302)
August 29 – East Valley Climate Town Hall, 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Temple Emanuel Church, 5801 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283)
September 3 – Central Phoenix Climate Town Hall, 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Burton Barr Library – Pullman Center – 1221 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
September 7 – Flagstaff Climate Town Hall, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Coconino High School, 2801 N. Izabel St., Flagstaff, AZ 86004)
September 21 – Tucson Climate Town Hall, 4:00 – 6:00 PM (Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall, 1064 E. Lowell St. Tucson, AZ)
(All five town halls are listed on our image Calendar as well)
“Join us for a non-partisan intergenerational, multicultural and interfaith Faces of Climate Action Town Hall Meeting focused on the Climate Emergency.  Hear from elected officials, Youth Movement Leaders, community climate and social justice activists as well as climate experts for a special discussion during the international Climate Week of Action.”
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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. About 80 people at this town hall today hosted by Elders Climate Action, but including two panels lead by young (college & high school) discussion leaders from various schools in Tucson. First panel was with CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva and LD 9 State Senator Victoria Steele. Questions asked by the youth were how to get quality information to public schools about climate change, what more can they do to clean up air & water, did they support carbon fee dividends, what to do to afford more solar panels in Arizona? Audience questions were what to do since it is so late to fix the environment, why not cut the federal military budget toward green technologies, why not more push to find more clean technologies, are people studying grams/per kwatt hours? 2nd panel included D 5 County Supervisor Richard Elias and Steve Almquist, Chief of Staff for W 1 Councilmember Regina Romero. Their questions were about how to halt Rosemont Mine construction, how can youth help in conversation with a climate action committee and what are specific climate policies does the County & City have regarding energy/water/food supply? Next event is online training on Sep. 24, 9:30 a.m. (see eldersclimateaction.org/promotethevote), for this Week of Action, Sept. 20 to 27.

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