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WHO SPEAKS FOR THE EARTH?
Understanding that responsibility for the preservation of the earth is the responsibility of all generations, not just those younger, Gray Panthers - along with many other organizations, some of whom are primarily identified with the concerns of older persons - is proud to endorse this request to the US Supreme Court. Here, we ask that the US Supreme Court hear a case about environmental responsibility for all generations, current and future.
Gray Panthers has long understood that the responsibility for stewardship of the earth falls to all. It is not just an issue for the young. In particular, older persons have the responsibility of knowledge and ensuring that the environment (in all its forms) must be carefully preserved so that environmental degradation is reversed, to allow for prosperity and healthy lives for all. The Gray and Green Coalition of Gray Panthers specifically addressed this issue, and will again do so. The Gray and Green Coalition looked at the relationship between older persons and climate change, at the local and global levels. We look forward to a positive response from the US Supreme Court.
Helen Hamlin, at the UNITED NATIONS in New York.
Although the Chief Executive Officer of HelpAge International wrote this blog, it is essential to note that Gray Panthers, through the efforts of Jack Kupferman, Frances Zainoeddin, Caroline Bernal Silva and Lobi Redhawk, is one of the core advocacy groups leading the Stakeholder Group of the Ageing Community for the post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The Gray Panthers delegation on this initiative, led by Jack Kupferman, has been a key player at every stage of advocacy. There has been enormous progress. Yet, the end is not in sight.
Our joint goal is to ensure the explicit inclusion of the concerns of older persons in the Sustainable Development Goals, scheduled to begin in 2015. Global discussions and decisions are happening now. When the world came together to establish the first set of global goals (Millennium Development Goals which began in 2000) there was zero mention of older persons. We want to make sure that omission does not happen again.
When Toby Porter speaks of advocacy in New York, he is aware that Gray Panthers works closely with many organizations with greater resources. Gray Panthers leads by arranging and attending visits with diplomats from many nations, by drafting easy to understand language appreciated by the UN and by Member States so that the concerns of older persons might be easily incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals, by strategizing with the core stakeholder group for the Ageing Community, by establishing personal links for further success, by being visible by speaking up at the innumerable meetings on the post-2015 Development Agenda, by taking advantage of momentary opportunity to persuade, and more.
We have much to be proud of. With hesitancy, we may be able to count accomplishments for the improvement of the quality of life for 800 million older persons and all those who are ageing. There is much more to do. We count on all Gray Panthers, and those of every generation to support these important efforts.
"Gray Panthers in the news. Let this article be a "Call to Action" for us. We can accomplish so much, when we all work together." - Jack Kupferman, Convener.
As Living Standards Fall for Seniors, Some See Signs of ‘Silver Revolution’ - NYT
In 1970, Maggie Kuhn founded the Gray Panthers to combat age discrimination and establish an intergenerational coalition for social justice. Her longtime employer, the United Presbyterian Church, had forced Ms. Kuhn to retire at 65. In 1986, after sustained pressure from the Gray Panthers and other advocates, President Ronald W. Reagan, then 75, joined with the 73-year-old speaker of the House, Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., to abolish the mandatory retirement age. Ms. Kuhn, who traded barbs with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” became a pop culture figure; at the height of the Gray Panthers’ power in the early 1980s, the organization had roughly 60,000 financial contributors.
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