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What we do

Third Act Virginia brings together elders who are motivated to work together to protect and improve our democracy and to protect our world from the ravages of a climate crisis. We welcome those who are at least age 60+ from diverse ethnicities, cultures, faiths and traditions who share our aims. We are focused on preserving our planet, and righting wrongs in our systems so that we leave a livable world with an equitable and just democracy.

Banking on our Future

Our generation is unwittingly helping fund the climate crisis by investing our financial resources in the Big Banks that loan our money to polluting fossil fuel extractive industries. Many banks tell us they will achieve “net zero emissions by 2050” to make us think they are part of the solution, but every year they continue to invest billions in new oil and gas wells, coal mines, pipelines, liquified natural gas export facilities, fossil fuel power plants and other facilities that will keep us in a fossil-fueled future. Elders have the power to demand our banks divest our money from dirty fossil fuels or lose us as customers. Take the Third Act Banking on our Future Pledge to pressure the Big 4 Banks to stop their greenwashing and fossil fuel investing.

Beyond the pledge, we will be taking bold actions to put further pressure on banks to quit investing in fossil fuels. We’ll align our actions with youth and other groups for added impact.

Here in Virginia, new and proposed pipelines and fossil fuel projects dot the map. The Mountain Valley Pipeline, Chickahominy Pipeline and others present opportunities for us to engage by supporting local communities from environmental injustices and harm.

Your input, ideas, and leadership is welcome and encouraged. Together we are stronger!

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Democracy at Risk

The protection of voting rights and civil rights that defined the late 20th Century is now at risk of being lost. Anti-democratic forces in the courts and in the states are curtailing voting rights, gerrymandering voting districts to make our government non-representative, and seeking to politicize the counting and certification of elections to favor one party over another. Third Act is working with pro-democracy allies to protect the vote for all and to make sure that elections are determined by the vote of the people. We also support efforts to have non-partisan independent bodies draw up congressional districts to avoid partisan bias and to challenge those that disenfranchise communities with the least political power.

This campaign is still in development as we look for pressure points at the local, state and federal levels. Electoral activities, advocacy, communications, education, voter mobilization, and other avenues are all possibilities. Bring your ideas and watch this space and the Third Act main home page for updates on this vital campaign.

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Get Involved

Elders in the Third Act Virginia working group are motivated to implement individual and collective actions to help stabilize the climate and restore and protect our democracy.

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