Sign up here for the official launch of Third Act DC on January 10th. Meet likeminded souls. Learn more about current and future opportunities for potent action. Help us shape our agenda for 2024.

About this event

During this launch call you will:

  • Hear Third Act founder Bill McKibben (in conversation with CEO Kafia Ahmed) lay out his vision of a bold, brave and joyful community of reborn activists and assess some of the threats and opportunities of the coming months.
  • Draw strength from movement songs old and new, led by Washington’s own Elise Bryant, founder and head of the DC Labor Chorus (among many other accomplishments).
  • Learn about key pieces of current and potential work in Third Act’s three priority areas — safeguarding our democracy, pushing the big banks to exit the fossil-fuel business, and strengthening clean energy in our communities.
  • Begin to map out a calendar of upcoming campaigns and actions, and figure out the part you can most usefully and happily play.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is a founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate, democracy, and racial justice. He founded the first global grassroots climate campaign,, and serves as the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2014 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ in the Swedish Parliament. He’s also won the Gandhi Peace Award, and honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published in 1989. His most recently released book is The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.

Kafia Ahmed

Kafia Ahmed is the CEO of Third Act. She’s been organizing for nearly 20 years in marginalized communities on issues ranging from housing, carceral abolition, racial justice, and immigration. In between years organizing stateside – Kafia worked in international development, working alongside pastoralist communities in East Africa affected by climate change and survivors of gender based violence.

Elise Bryant

Elise is retired Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation, a cultural arts organization, and president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. She founded and leads the DC Labor Chorus.