We, women of a certain age, have the benefit of life experience and the time to get things done. We can be advocates for the common good: activists for a sustainable world.
GASPs want to model themselves on our indigenous grandmother sisters, the ‘wisdom carriers’, the elders, who look out for the best interests of the next 7 generations.
It is our generation that has polluted the planet for our convenience and our greed. Our grandchildren will pay the price. They will certainly ask “What did you do, Grandma, when you knew?”
We have an emergency! GASP wants drastic immediate action. Partisan politics must take a back seat to our survival.
Our Co-chairs made a video in March, 2022 that tells our story. Let us introduce you to GASP – watch our video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eODbBxjc6iI
Who we are
Grand(m)others Act to Save the Planet (GASP) is a grass-roots non-partisan community group committed to climate action and advocacy.
Scientific evidence confirms that climate change is happening and that we humans, mainly in developed countries, are causing it. We’re putting everything we love – including kids and grandkids and virtually all life on this beautiful planet – at grave risk by continuing to burn climate-warming fossil fuels.
“We also have the know-how to create a whole new green economy, already offering a promising glimpse of our future. But – the biggest question of all – do we have the guts and gumption to make sure it happens?” Liz Armstrong, GASP member
What we do
We are committed to social and climate justice. To achieve our goals we:
- advocate at all levels of government
- educate ourselves and key stakeholders
- write letters, op-eds, briefs and make deputations in person
- join community activists in rallies, petitions, and meetings with politicians
- unite with youth/Indigenous peoples in support of climate and social justice
“Just remember that every day you live, you make an impact on the planet. You have a choice as to what sort of impact you make. When we are more affluent, we have a greater choice. And if we all make ethical choices, then we start moving towards a world that will be not quite so desperate to leave to our great-grandchildren.” Jane Goodall
GASP believes grandmothers and grandkids have a unique voice. We join voices in unison with our grandchildren for a sustainable future. GASP believes everyone must coalesce on the most critical urgent challenge of our lifetime. For seniors, leaving a green legacy for the next generation is a compelling call to action.
How We Work
GASP gives voice to a wide variety of issues relating to social and climate justice. Members are invited to take leadership roles on issues that are of particular concern to them. We see ourselves as nimble and quick activists. Our structure is very simple:
GASP Co-Chairs: Carole Holmes and Lorraine Green are the founding co-chairs of GASP. In April 2023, Lorraine decided to stay with GASP but not as co-chair. Louise Brownlee, who joined GASP in 2020, has replaced Lorraine in the co-chair position.
Through consensus, the co-chairs provide leadership and coordination to members for advocacy, action and awareness of the Climate Crisis. They can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a chart depicting the leadership structure.
Members: Tina Agrell, Pat Lockhart, Sally Martyniuk, Alison Belair, Elaine Hanson, Lorraine Green, Liz Armstrong (LOA).
Basic Income Team
Chair Karen Thompson
Members: Kathy Mason, Irene Clarke, Joey Edwardh, Andrea Stewart, Ron Hickel, Lorna Aberdein.
Chair Victoria Creese
Members: Louise Brownlee, Pat Lockhart, Daisy Radigan, Carolyn Milford, Kathleen Moleski.
Chair Daniela Jansson
Members: Nahid Azad, Pat Lockhart, Tina Agrell, Audrey Danaher, Joanne Johnson.
Ontario Watch Team
Chair Marilyn Ortwein
Members: Michelle Tom, Sherry Ardell, Louise Brownlee, Nancy Hurst, Andrea Stewart, Dorothy Dunlop, Alison Belair, Victoria Creese, Martha Howatt, Lilly Noble, Mary Bradley.
Chair Marilyn Ortwein
Members: Kathy Mason, Linda Middaugh.
Social Media Team
Chair Michelle Tom
Members: Sherry Ardell, Louise Brownlee, Bev Lefrancois, Lisa Kohler, Nancy Hurst, Carole Holmes, Lorraine Green, Tina Agrell, Irene Clarke, Chris Hitchcock, Kathy Mason, Norma Gamble, Martha Howatt, Lilly Noble, Elaine Hanson, Liz Armstrong
Chair Hart Jansson
Members: Chris Hitchcock, Louise Brownlee, Ron McKee, Pat Lockhart.
The GASP Backstory
Our history makes us who we are today. Our founders, Carole Holmes and Lorraine Green, wrote the story of the three-year journey that led to the formation of GASP in May 2019. Read More
GASP Year One – May 2019 to 2020
What did GASP accomplish?
- we learned the climate science
- made personal climate action commitments
- created our name, logo and branding
- built a Green Network
- set up our communications team – website and social media
- took political action and proposed a survival cabinet
- GASP was awarded the YWCA Peace Award
- participated in municipal budget meetings
- recommended a climate lens for Ontario’s environmental plan
- supported Wellington Water Watchers and Save Our Water
- committed to a Just Transition
- established a Basic Income team
- established a Bank team to end fossil fuel industry financing
- advocated to support Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights
- advocated to support the Black Lives Matter movement
To read the full story of Year One