About Us

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.

Introductory Video

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

Why

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. Through consensus, hey provide leadership and coordination to members for advocacy, action and awareness of the Climate Crisis. They can be reached by emailing info@gasp4change.org

Campaign Teams: Ad Hoc teams are formed on a variety of issues, as needed, being creative, bold and strategic. Current teams include:

  • Bank Team
  • Pension Plan Divestment
  • Basic Income
  • Ontario Climate Watch
  • Ontario Election Team

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