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October 26, 2019
Tuskegee University is a historically Black University in Alabama founded in 1881. From the early work of George Washington Carver, Tuskegee has trained generations of researchers who are unraveling mysteries from the natural world. Dr. Carver wrote, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”  Two researchers have been tuning in and made a series of extraordinary discoveries all from agricultural waste. Out of the muck Dr. Michael L Curry, Dr. Donald White, and a team of other researchers found a natural alternative to plastics, one that will biodegrade in less than 100 days. This will keep us from adding even more pollution to a very polluted world. Further researched revealed this material also has other extraordinary properties.  According to Business Alabama, "Scientists working at Tuskegee University have found a bio-based material that shows promise for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — a more immediate solution to climate change than revamping land and forestry usage or geo-engineering.”     Host Peterson Toscano chats with Dr. Curry and Dr. White. They discuss their findings and the important ethical issues that must be considered when introducing a new product into the marketplace. Hear an informative and inspiring conversation with two researchers who are actively seeking solutions for the challenging problems we face. Dr. Curry and Dr. White continue in the tradition of George Washington Carver and the many curious, well trained, and highly skilled researchers at Tuskegee University.   The Art House Helping the public engage in climate change requires skillful communication and a lot of creativity. One troupe of performers in Northern Europe decided to break out of the box altogether. In the Summer of 2019 they presented a performance piece in Norway and Denmark. Instead of bringing the audience into a theatre, Acting for Climate took their show to eight different harbor. For a stage, they used a very large wooden boat. Into the Water is a theatrical circus performance aimed at raising ecological awareness. In addition to the performance, they organized festivals at each of the harbors.   Acting for Climate members Abigael Rydtun Winsvold and Nathan Biggs-Penton recreate the performance for our listening audience. Hear about the circus artists and their amazing feats as they climb the eight-story high mast, do acrobatics, and take the audience on a wild and moving ride. After each performance, the troupe connected with the audience for further discussion.     Abigael found the response to be better than she imagined, "People came up to us and said that they were really really touched. Even sixty-year-old men, which I don’t normally see crying. I barely have seen anyone I don’t know crying in this age group. They came up to us and said, 'Wow! I’m really touched. I’m just going to take a walk and cry for myself right now.' That was really touching for us to hear people were touched by the performance, not only excited, but also shaken a bit somehow."   Puzzler Question  We will extend the puzzler question from last month.   After attending the recent climate strikes, imagine you run into your cousin, Kristan. She saw news reports about events around the world. She says, “I love the sign ‘system change not climate change,’ but it seems like a total fantasy. They expect everyone to go vegan or something? What systems can we change that will make any difference with climate change?"   Kristan needs some help envisioning the kind of change that you are pursuing. How would you answer her?   Send Peterson your answer by November 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) Dig Deeper George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University 7 Incredible Uses for Nanocellulose, Gizmodo Bioplastics, Encyclopedia Britannica MIT engineers devise new way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, Cnet.com Acting for Climate Facebook page Artists for Climate Change You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!
October 25, 2019
Join Adeline DeYoung, CCL Legislative Assistant, as she walks through this year's June Meeting Analysis results as well as how you can use it in a meeting with a Member of Congress, the media, potential endorsers, and the larger community. This annual analysis covers CCL's 528 meetings with members of Congress and their staff in June each summer. Additionally, the CCL June Meeting Analysis reports paved the way for the creation of the Frequently Raised Topics resource we use to prepare for meetings with members of Congress or their staff. Skip ahead to the following section(s): How was this done? (3:30)What were the most frequent topics? (9:23)Change of annual trends (13:38)Other Frequently Raised Topics (and where to find them) (15:57)Assessing Engagement (21:11) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/2019-june-analysisTraining on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/271Frequently Raised Topics Resource: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/248Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
October 18, 2019
Join Marc Hafstead, Fellow and Director of the Carbon Pricing Initiative at Resource For the Future, and CCL Research Coordinator Jerry Hinkle for a training that reviews the main findings from the recent carbon pricing economic and energy model used by Resources for the Future and their own calculator used to evaluate current carbon pricing bills in Congress including the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Skip ahead to the following section(s):RFF and Calculator Background (2:30)Using the Calculator (10:51)Greenhouse Emission Reductions Comparisons (15:40)Comparing Distribution of Impacts (21:15)GDP Considerations (25:20) RFF Carbon Pricing Calculator: https://www.rff.org/cpcTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/430Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
October 12, 2019
There’s been a shift among Republicans in Congress on climate change, due in no small part to polling that shows younger GOP voters are as concerned about climate change as their progressive counterparts. As vice president of Students for Carbon Dividends, Keira O’Brien is working to harness that passion among young conservatives to generate political will for carbon dividends legislation, which places a fee on carbon and gives revenue to households (sound familiar?). Kiera, who is President Emeritus of the Harvard Republican Club, recently testified at a congressional hearing alongside Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Over the summer, she spoke about carbon dividends at the Teen Vogue Summit: “There are many climate-oriented groups rallying around the problem, but Students for Carbon Dividends is rallying around the solution.” IMF's Support For a $75/ton Carbon Tax: https://blogs.imf.org/2019/10/10/fiscal-policies-to-curb-climate-change/Students For Carbon Dividends: https://www.s4cd.org/Economists' Statement: https://www.clcouncil.org/economists-statement/CCL Monthly Action Sheet: http://cclusa.org/actionsheet
October 11, 2019
Are you interested in learning more about what it takes and key details to remember when leading a lobby meeting with a member of Congress or staff? Join CCL Southeast Regional Director Don Addu for a training that reviews the role of a lobby team leader, how they assign team roles, coordinate practice times and how to handle other special situations. Skip ahead to the following section(s): The Importance of Leads (3:37)Advance Planning (7:53)Meeting Suggestions (19:28)Transition Examples (29:21)Meeting Debrief, Minutes, and Climate Positions (38:08)TBD, Delivery Only, and Constituent Call Meetings (46:39) Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/lobbyleadTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/188Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
October 5, 2019
Recent updates to the Personal Carbon Dividend Calculator help make it even an easier--to-use online tool to estimate the financial outcome of the policy for an individual household under the first-year carbon dioxide fee of $15 per metric ton. It's a way to take the abstract statistical findings of the Household Impact Study down to the personal level. Join Rick Knight, CCE's Research Coordinator and Bryan Hermsen, CCL's IT Administrator and Applications Developer as they walk through the updates for this CCL-created powerful tool for all CCL volunteers. Calculator Link:https://energyinnovationact.org/carbon-dividend-calculator/ This tool is a handy way to answer questions from friends, family, interested parties at a tabling event or presentation, or potential supporters who need a clearer idea of how carbon fee and dividend policies work. It can be used to create case studies for households in a particular Congressional District or town and can also be used to find out how certain lifestyle change will affect your bottom line under our policy. Skip ahead to the following section(s):What is the Calculator? (2:20)What's been updated? (5:39)Where can I access it? (8:43)Calculator Case Studies (10:42)What about negative results & how do I use it? (19:14) Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/calculator-trainingTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/133Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
September 28, 2019
Join Dr. Dave Christian, Utah State University Professional and Scientific Psychology Professor for a training that will show you how to use Motivational Interviewing to more effectively connect with your members of Congress, local leaders, or even members of your own CCL group. “Motivational Interviewing” is a communication style that fosters collaboration and offers you as an advocate a package of skills to collaborate with anyone, especially “difficult people.” As a well-regarded professional approach Motivational Interviewing has thirty years of research across many fields and more than 1,000 studies demonstrating its effectiveness. Skip ahead to the following section(s):What Is Motivational Interviewing? (2:03)The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (PACE) (8:58)Core Skills: OARS (23:04)Live Role-Play Demonstration (31:17)Next Steps (43:25)Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/motivational-interviewingTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/123Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
September 28, 2019
Tatiana Schlossberg is the author of the new book, Inconspicuous Consumption.  In it she highlights just how good we are at being bad when it comes to fossil fuel pollution. She exposes the pollution generated by four major industries--Fuel, Food, Internet, and Fashion. About the book, Bill McKibben writes, “[Schlossberg] deserves real credit for coming through her journey into the guts of the consumer machine with a clarifying insight: We aren’t going to solve our problems one consumer at a time. We’re going to need to do it as societies and civilizations, or not at all.” In her conversation with host, Peterson Toscano, Schlossberg dives into the the vast world of fashion and the extreme pollution the industry produces, and how this pollution contributes to global warming. She focuses on specific sectors including denim and the production of jeans. In writing about cotton, Schlossberg points out, “It’s grown in more than sixty-five countries around the world, makes up about one-third of all the fibers used in textiles, takes up about 3 percent of global agricultural land, and has a big carbon footprint: producing the world’s cotton supply for the use in textiles results in 107.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.”  In addition to creating pollution, growing cotton and manufacturing cotton textiles demand a massive amount of water. “Producing one kilogram of cotton requires somewhere between 1,800 and 7,660 gallons of water, depending on where its grown,” according to Schlossberg. Once harvested, the cotton is then transformed into fabrics like denim, a process that is also water intensive. Schlossberg states, “as much as 2,900 gallons can be used to produce a single pair of pants (using conventional methods), mostly because of the dyeing and finishing.”   When it comes to the alternatives to cotton, like synthetics, Schlossberg reveals the tremendous greenhouse gas emissions and micro-fiber pollution created every year as a result of the manufacture, use, washing, and disposing of synthetic fabrics. The company that pioneered synthetic fabric, Patagonia, is now hard at work looking for solutions and alternatives. Schlossberg warns pollution from fashion is increasing because of the growing industry of fast fashion, where cheap quick production comes with a hidden ecological price tag.  In her book and this podcast episode, Schlossberg does a great job of pointing out the many sources of pollution that come from the world of fashion. She readily admits she does not provide many solutions. Her job is to help us understand the scale of the problem. She recognizes the response needs to be in relation to the size of the problem. Individual efforts are not nearly enough. The role of politicians and the political process is vital to bringing about the changes in policy we need. In addition, the role of citizens speaking out about climate change is more important than ever. Schlossberg helps us consume this heavy topic with plenty of spoonfuls of sugar; her humor, warmth, and hope shine through.   The Art House What does it take to create a poetic masterpiece that is also able to express the complex emotions we feel around climate change? Poet Catherine Pierce describes her process crafting her moving poem, Anthropocene Pastoral  Host, Peterson Toscano produces an Art House segment heavily influenced by the podcast Song Exploder. They invite a musician to unpack a song and talk about almost every aspect of it and their creative process. In the Art House, Pierce does something similar for us with Anthropocene Pastoral. The poem first appeared in the American Poetry Review.  Inspired by the California Super Bloom of 2017, Pierce captures the strangeness of living in a world that is rapidly and dangerously changing but at the same time can be unseasonably pleasant and beautiful. (Tatiana Schlossberg wrote about a Super Bloom for the New York Times.)  Pierce opens the poem with the line, "In the beginning the ending was beautiful.” In the conversation she reveals the many choices she made as a poet to create the haunting mood of the poem and the lush landscape in it filled with a riot of images, animals, and life. She explains some of the techniques and devices she uses to construct the poem. Then she reads the poem for us. You can read more of Catherine Pierce's climate change themed poetry online including High Dangerous and Planet.  Pierce’s last book of poetry, The Tornado is the World  is about an EF-4 tornado/extreme weather. The filmmaker Isaac Ravishankara produced a beautiful short film out of one of the poems in the collection, "The Mother Warns the Tornado.”  Catherine Pierce is the co-director of the Writing Program at Mississippi State University, and the author of the award winning collection of poetry, Famous Last Words. She is working on a new book of poetry, Danger Days, which continues her exploration of climate change. It will be available in autumn 2020. Puzzler Students from Susquehanna University answer last month's puzzler question. Victor, a middle school student is freaking out because of climate change. “What could I even do about?” What does he need to hear? We also get inspiration from elementary students at the River Valley Nature School who gave a presentation at the Climate Strike event held in Lewisburg, PA. New Puzzler Question: After attending the recent climate strikes you ran into your cousin, Kristan. She saw news reports about events around the world. She says, “I love the sign—system change not climate change, but it seems like a total fantasy. They expect everyone to go vegan or something? What systems can we change that will make any difference with climate change? ” Kristan needs some help envisioning the kind of change that you are pursuing. How would you answer Kristan? Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. Get your answer in by October, 15, 2019. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) Dig Deeper The Price of Fast Fashion (Nature) Making Climate Change Fashionable—The Garment Industry Takes on Global Warming (Forbes) We Have No Idea How Bad Fashion Actually Is for the Environment—But it’s definitely not good. (Racked) Synthetic Microfiber Pollution (Patagonia) Waste Not, If You want to Help Secure the Future of the Planet. (NY Times article by Tatiana Schlossberg) You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!
September 21, 2019
Lobbying can be both exciting and intimidating. Being prepared is one way to reduce anxiety. Join CCL Director of Field Development Elli Sparks for a training that will walk you through CCL's step-by-step process for preparing for your meetings in Washington, D.C. with Congress and/or their staff, including research tips, available CCL tools, lobby meeting roles, the value of practice, and the power of listening. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Resources For Preparing To Lobby (5:59)Roles in Your Meeting (19:16)Supporting Asks (24:06) The Importance of Practice (38:43)Sample Practice Meeting (43:21) Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/planning-your-meetingTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/185Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
September 14, 2019
How did American politics get to be so dysfunctional? It has a lot to do with psychology, and our guest this month, Jonathan Haidt, will help us wrap our heads around this phenomenon. A Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business, he is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Haidt’s book explains the origins of the human moral sense and how variations in moral intuitions can help explain the polarization and dysfunction of American politics.
September 13, 2019
Join CCL Communications Coordinator Flannery Winchester for a training that walks through the various media resources CCL's staff offers. We'll cover Letter to the Editor opportunities, op-eds, editorial packets, and press releases: not just what they are, but where you can find them on CCL Community and how you can use each of them in your local media market. Flannery will also highlight the important role of Media Manager for CCL chapters and how you can sign up to find out more. Skip ahead to the following section(s):LTE Opportunities (5:09)Op-Ed Opportunities (8:50)Editorial Media Packets (11:54)Press Releases (16:28)Media Manager Role (20:33) Tonight’s slides: http://cclusa.org/media-resources CCL Resource: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/372Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
September 7, 2019
Join Dr. Kristina Dahl, co-author of the Union of Concerned Scientist's recent report "Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days." Dr. Dahl will review the main findings of the report, the importance of communicating local impacts from climate change, as well as how to use the Union of Concerned Scientists' new tool where you can see an estimated number of extreme heat days for cities and counties in the US in your own local outreach and meetings. We'll also review where you can find the rest of CCL's Local Impacts Resources on CCL Community. Extreme Heat Report & Tool: https://ucsusa.org/killer-heat Background on the Analysis (3:14)About the Heat Index & Scenarios (6:39)Mid- and Late-Century Projections (7:50)Takeaways & Tool (12:43)Questions (15:26)Finding Local Impacts Resources on CCL Community (18:30) Tonight’s slides: http://cclusa.org/extreme-heat CCL Resource: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/424Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
August 30, 2019
Join George Marshall, Climate Outreach's Co-Founder & Director of Training and Consultancy (and former CCL Monthly Speaker) along with Tom Erb, Partner Relations Coordinator, Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition at The World Bank in a training that will help CCL volunteers improve our communications around carbon pricing policy based on the main findings and recommendations in the Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing report (Partnership for Market Readiness & Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, 2018). Skip ahead to the following section(s):Background & Key Findings (2:53)Improving The Standard Narrative (16:41)Challenges To Communicating (27:47)Energy Innovation Act Applications (33:58)Ground Rules for Effective Conversations (42:13) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/communicating-carbon-pricing CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/423 Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
August 24, 2019
In this training, learn from CCL leaders Miranda Phillips and Jean Ritok about suggestions for engaging new volunteers coming back for more, including how to welcome your new volunteers and successfully onboard them into your group, how to delegate and keep people constantly involved. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Welcoming New Volunteers (3:09)Three Phases on Onboarding (8:44)The Power of Asking For Help (31:59)Smaller Chapter Considerations (35:27)Setting Up Your Group On Community (37:42) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/new-volunteers-engagedCCL Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/298Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
August 24, 2019
Join CCL Regional Coordinator Tamara Staton for a training that will highlight how local groups can incorporate more fun, volunteer support, culture and community building into their group meetings and local activities with examples of what's worked for CCL chapters around the country. Skip ahead to the following section(s):The Importance Of Group Culture (1:40)How CCL National Creates Culture (5:31)Building Culture & Joy In Your Meetings (12:33)Gratitude Practices (23:45)Additional Chapter Activities (26:12) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/fun-culture-buildingCCL Community Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/422Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
August 24, 2019
Climate Communication experts Blair Bazdarich from the San Francisco Zoo and Hannah Pickard at Boston's New England Aquarium share proven insider tips about effective communication strategies. They are both leaders at NNOCCI, the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation. They train aquarium and zoo professionals how to speak about climate change. NNOCCI is a network of individuals and organizations in informal education, the social sciences, and climate sciences.They are currently working in 170 institutions in 38 states. NNOCCI members reach over 190 million people each year.   In this episode Hannah and Blair share the techniques they have been using, including a “values-first” approach. Through NNOCCI’s research, they identified two motivating values that prove highly effective in opening up conversations with members of the public. The first value is Protection—we feel a strong need to protect the people and places we love. And the second is Responsible Management. We value solving problems earlier before they become too big.    In addition, NNOCCI advises climate communicators to to speak less about the mechanisms leading to climate change and its effects. Instead they encourage us to focus our conversations on solutions. Hannah and Blair share how to lead the conversation to a place of hopeful engagement. Providing achievable, large scale solutions coupled with a clear vision of the benefits these solutions will have on our communities and familes is an extremely powerful combination. It will motivate people to believe, dream, and act.    Blair Bazdarich has spent the past 20 years becoming an expert in science communication, but she didn't realize that's what she was doing until recently. Through volunteering, performing, shoveling poop, learning new languages, teaching, painting, and advocating for endangered species, she has found her niche in the science community. In her current position as Education & Engagement Manager at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, she runs the ZooMobile program, which brings animals to schools throughout the Bay Area, and several teen volunteer programs, where she mentors high school students in conservation and education. Blair is also an active member of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), and serves in the Governing Council, working to unify the national narrative and action plan on climate change. In her spare time, she is the resident "Zoologist" on the podcast This Week in Science, or TWIS.   Hannah Pickard is Program Manager for the NNOCCI and is responsible for network management and operations. Hannah has led NNOCCI’s efforts on curriculum development, facilitator training, and alumni support since 2010.  She has a background in education program development, implementation and evaluation for families, schools, and community groups.  She holds a B.A. in studio art and Italian from Connecticut College and an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.  She also has training in evaluation from Lesley University and in conservation psychology from Antioch University.   Hear these conversations to gain value lessons from leaders in the field of climate communication.      The Art House Sometimes we cannot easily imagine the impacts legislation and policy can make. Andrews Smalls from City Lab wrote the article, What American Cities Looked like Before the Environmental Protection Agency Was Created. "Since 1970, the agency has reduced the six most common air pollutants by more than 50 percent, reduced air toxins from large industrial sources by almost 70 percent, and eliminated the use of ozone-depleting chemicals. And this progress was accomplished even as the country’s GDP tripled, energy consumption increased by 50 percent, and vehicle use nearly doubled." Of course we have still have work to do. We need to reduce localized pollution and heat-trapping greenhouse gases globally. So how do we build the political will so that the public clamors for legislation and policy that will change how we get and use energy? We need to communicate to the public what success looks like. Envisioning success in our climate work though requires imagination.  To help us with this task Sean Dague, the group leader for the Mid-Hudson South chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, leads us through a powerful exercise. He asks us, What does a decarbonized world look like? What does it smell like? What does it sound like?  Once you hear Sean’s vision of a successful future, we invite you to continue the exercise. Try some creative writing. Write a short story or a letter from the future about what you see, smell, and hear.  Maybe create visual art, a drawing or painting. If you can’t draw or paint, get images from magazines and on-line then create a collage. Write a song, create a map, choreograph a dance. Use art to capture a vision of a decarbonized world. Even if you do not see yourself as an artsy person, just try it.  Towards the end of his life, writer Kurt Vonnegut would say, "Everyone should practice art because art enlarges the soul."  PLEASE feel free to share your art with our host, Peterson Toscano, and let him know if I can share it with listeners, on the podcast, Facebook, and Twitter.  If you have art from this exercise to share or if you have idea for the Art House, feel free to contact Peterson at radio@citizensclimate.org. Puzzler   Joining us to answer last month’s question about climate adaptation is Doug Parsons, the host of the America Adapts podcast.    New Puzzler Question You just spoke to a group of middle school students about your climate change work. During the Q&A a student named Victor says, “I am freaking out because of all the bad stuff I am seeing and it seems like it is just getting worse and worse. I really do not see the point of even trying anymore. I think we are too far gone. What difference does this make?”  Lots of people young and old feel the same way. So how do you respond to Victor? How can you validate his fears while also giving him reasons to hope and pursue solutions.   Send us your answers. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. Get back to Peterson by September, 15, 2019 Email: radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less: 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)  Dig Deeper Climate Interpreter, Do you work or volunteer with an aquarium, zoo, national park, national marine sanctuary, or other informal science education center that is addressing climate change? Connect and share with a national community of colleagues and peers. NNOCCI’s Research Reports, Frameworks Institute What Does Success Look Like? Reports from the Future from Climate Stew Role of Values in climate change community engagement, NewsDay America Adapts podcast episode 95 Summer Sizzle featuring Citizens Climate Radio Citizens Climate Radio Ep 12: Values that drive CCL’s work You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!
August 10, 2019
Just how powerful and influential is grassroots advocacy? Our guest this month, Sam Daley-Harris, will share examples of organized citizen lobbying that had a major impact on national policies and priorities. Sam is the founder and CEO of Civic Courage, a non-profit that coaches organizations to improve the effectiveness of their advocacy work. In 1980, he founded RESULTS, an organization working to end hunger and poverty, which later became the model for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Sam is also the author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government.   Follow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimatehttps:/citizensclimatelobby.org
August 9, 2019
After you've done the research to focus your group's grasstops engagement and are planning on bringing your community leaders to your next meeting - how to best prepare? Join CCL leaders across the country from Nebraska to Indiana and Montana that have brought influential leaders to their own leaders to learn from their experiences and get ready for your own meetings. Skip ahead to the following section(s):CCL Idaho's Story (2:42)Initial Research & Communication (6:20)Incorporating Community Leaders & Preparations (9:14) CCL Montana's Story (13:49)CCL Indiana's Story (19:28)CCL Nebraska's Story (25:59) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/community-leaders-lobby-meetingFind This Training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/420Follow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
August 2, 2019
Demonstrating that businesses and job creators support federal action addressing climate change is some of the most important support CCL volunteers can provide our members of Congress. Join BCL Leaders Harold Hedelman, Steve Hams, Bruce Hagen, and Randy Salim in a training that explores the history and purpose of the Business Climate Leaders and how to best work with this action team in your own community's grasstops work. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Why Engage Business? (5:52)How We Engage (9:11)Success Stories (16:51)How BCL Works (27:10) How You Can Get Involved (36:28) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/working-with-bclBCL website (for the public): businessclimateleaders.orgBCL Resources website: sites.google.com/view/bcl-resourcesJoin us on CCL Community or email us at: info@businessclimateleaders.org
July 31, 2019
On Thursday, July 25th, our collective push for carbon pricing took a couple of new, exciting steps forward. Join Dr. Danny Richter, CCL's VP of Government Affairs and Madeleine Para, CCL's VP of Programs for a special online webinar to learn more about the policy details of Stemming Warming and Augmenting Pay (SWAP) Act, the Raise Wages and Cut Carbon Act, and the Climate Action Rebate Act and how your local group can respond! Skip ahead to the following section(s):Energy Innovation Act Updates (0:57)Background Contet (6:56)Comparing the Four Carbon Pricing Bills (13:56)Taking Action (22:58)Conservatives for Climate Action Hearing Testimony (29:18) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/aug-leg-updateFind This Resource on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/220Follow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
July 30, 2019
Join CCL's Higher Education Coordinator Clara Fang and CCL Regional Fellows Destiny Loyd and Jess Wilber for a training that provides a background to learn more about millennials’ concerns, how to get them involved and connect your CCL team’s outreach with local high school, college students, and higher education communities as we work to engage young adults in CCL‘s larger coalition. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Why Young People? (1:14)Higher Education Community Leaders (6:04)What Can I Do? (8:45)Opportunities For College Students (16:38)Opportunities For Middle & High School Students (23:04) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/engaging-young-adultsFind This Training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/152Follow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
July 27, 2019
Lew Blaustien, editor of Green Sports Blog, is very concerned about climate change.  A sports nut since childhood, Lew began a career in sportscasting, and eventually settled into the marketing side of professional sports. There was nothing in his background to suggest he would turn into a passionate climate advocate. The 911 attacks on New York City in 2001 though changed everything for him. You will hear about how that traumatic event set him on a new career path.  Lew puts the challenges we face into perspective. He says, “Mike Trout of the Anaheim Angels—best player in baseball—recently signed a 400 plus million dollar twelve year contract extension. Twelve years is also what the IPCC said is the time frame that humanity has to reduce our carbon footprint by 45%—basically Mike Trout’s contract.” Lew believes sports fans can become instrumental in taking on climate change.  “We need to get the masses of people who follow sports...to engage on positive climate action.” In this lively interview you will hear Lew brimming with enthusiasm as he reveals a growing trend in the professional sports world. More and more athletes, teams, and leagues are working hard to address environmental concerns. You will also hear from professional skier, Angel Collinson. Through Protect Our Winters she has been speaking to members of congress. In speaking with lawmakers and how many are concerned about climate change, she has become more determined than ever to speak out about the issue. Inspired by athletes like Angel Collinson and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, Brent Suter, who we featured on Episode 37, Lew and other in the green sports movement are urging teams and players to take the next step—speak directly about climate change and endorse the policies that will address our dangerous pollution problems.  The Art House Poet liz gonzález joins us in the Art House. Her background is important to her work. She describes herself as “a fourth generation Southern Californian on my mother’s side and the daughter of a Mexican immigrant father who died when I was three.” A teacher of creative writing through the UCLA Extension Writers Program, liz writes poetry and creative non-fiction. Through her writing liz captures the beauty and the challenges of a rapidly changing landscape. For the Art House she reads from her book, Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected. She explains how the power of the Santa Ana winds serves as a metaphor for the early years of liz’ marriage. She also reads a poem from the anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California.  Though she is very passionate about the suffering that comes from pollution and climate change, liz reveals how difficult it is for her to write about social justice issues. “It has to just happen naturally. I can’t sit down and decide I want to write it. It always ends up sounding preachy, and there are people who do it so much better.” Experience the natural beauty liz recreates in her writing and learn about some of the challenges artists like liz face in a time of climate change.  Puzzler For last month’s puzzler we asked listeners to share with us the colors and sounds they associate with climate change.  New Puzzler Question On Facebook you reconnected with a childhood friend, Lydia. She has become worried about climate change and is wondering about what she can do right now to prepare for the effects of climate change. While she admires your work in mitigating climate change, she feels a growing interest in adaptation. Lydia asks you, “What are ways I can help my community to get ready for climate change?”  This is a big question and hopefully the beginning of a larger discussion about climate adaptation. What are some ideas you have for Lydia? Where might she start in adapting to climate change?  You’re welcome to answer either or both. Send Peterson your answers by July 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA). Dig Deeper Sports for Climate Action Framework The Green Sports Alliance Thomas L Friedman: The Power of Green Ep 18 Race Car Driver and Climate Advocate, Aaron Telitz George Marshall: Don’t Even Think about It: Why are Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change LA Times: The Santa Ana Winds and the Literature of Los Angeles You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on Apple Podcasts, please consider rating and reviewing us
July 19, 2019
Andrew Jones, CCL's July 2019 monthly speaker and co-founder of Climate Interactive, engages attendees with a review of Climate Interactive's new climate policy simulator, En-ROADS, built with MIT Sloan. Explore the power of a steadily rising price on carbon through policies like the Energy Innovation Act as well as other strategies to address climate change to highlight complementary climate goals including the impact of changes in energy, land use, consumption, agriculture, and other policies. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Background and History of the En-ROADS Tool (3:11)Expert Opinion and Assumptions (7:24)Using the Simulator (9:30)Demo-ing the Simulator (12:00)Modeling the Energy Innovation Act's Inputs (24:20)When En-ROADS Will Be Released & Training Plan (26:58) For Additional Q&A Go To: https://youtu.be/apFC6iaKm7k Find This Training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/418Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/climate-simulationsFollow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobby/Twitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
July 14, 2019
Join CCL Leaders Rebecca Ratliff and Will Musser for a training that explores the importance of data security and additional tools including Google Drive, Slack, and Evernote that CCL groups have been using to help supplement what is available on CCL Community to manage their chapter's communications effectively and organize information. Skip Ahead to the following section(s):Data Security (2:32)Google Drive (6:03)Utilizing Slack (11:12)Utilizing Evernote (26:54) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/online-organizing-toolsCCL Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/404Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CitizensClimateLobby/Twitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
July 13, 2019
Drew Jones, is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive, a think tank that provides modeling for climate policies and tools, giving policy-makers a realistic view of what's needed to contain global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Drew will share details of Climate Interactive's new climate policy simulator En-ROADS, a fast, powerful tool for understanding how we can achieve our climate goals through changes in energy, land use, consumption, agriculture, and other policies.
June 29, 2019
One of the most critical elements of building political will for the Energy Innovation Act is spotlighting the support in for business, civic, and faith leaders in your local district. Join National Partnerships Coordinator Stephanie Doyle and other CCL leaders in a training that will help you personally research your member, find major employers, focus your grasstops outreach and prioritize the community leaders important for your member of Congress. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Who Are Grasstops & Why Care? (2:05)How to Focus Your Research (4:14)Starting & Using An Organizer (9:27)Connecting With Impacted Industries (18:48)Lessons From the Hill (23:33)Bringing The Grassroots Voice to Your Member (29:17)Case Study: NC Asheville's Story (37:58) Resources:Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/focusing-grasstopsTraining page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/273Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 28, 2019
Join Dr. Danny Richter, Vice President for Government Affairs with Citizens' Climate Lobby, in a training that walks through the components the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, H.R. 763, and helps new volunteers understand the details of this historic legislation. Skip Ahead To The Following Section(s):The Policy Benefits (1:37)How It Works (3:18)Support The Act (5:43) Take Action: http://cclusa.org/energy-innovation-actEndorse The Act: https://energyinnovationact.org/endorse/More Details: http://cclusa.org/ennergy-innovation-qaQuestions? http://cclusa.org/energy-innovation-act-forumFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobby/Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 25, 2019
Tune into to hear CCL Miami Group Leader and Senior Sustainability Educator Greg Hamra walk through how to go about engaging your local Chamber of Commerce to build relationships with this influential group in your community in order to seek their members’ support for the Energy Innovation Act. Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/chamber-outreach CCL Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/399Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 25, 2019
CCL Leaders from across the country offer tools and insights to help individuals who desire to build a more diverse chapter and improve your networking with people of color organizations. Featuring: Karina Ramirez, CCL Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Princella Talley, CCL Diversity OutreachCoordinator,Clara Fang, CCL Higher Education Outreach Coordinator, Rev. Soniyyah B. Key, Fort Smith, AR Group Leader Skip ahead to the following section(s):Intros & Overview (from beginning)Diversity & the Climate Movement (13:09)Diversity Now (32:29)Introduction To Diversity Training (1:17:24)Toolbox For Chapter Diversity Preparation (2:08:24) #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 23, 2019
CCL's Vice President of Government Affairs outlines Citizens' Climate Lobby's strategy and approach for the year ahead, then responds to questions from the audience at the #CCL2019 Conference. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate Dr. Richter joined CCL’s staff in 2013 after five years as a volunteer, completing his Ph.D., and getting paid to do scientific research on all 7 continents. As CCL’s first staffer in DC, he established our DC office where he has been responsible for developing our overall legislative strategy, clarifying the details of our policy, and interacting with other groups in DC. He has also overseen CCL’s research program, leading to our REMI Study, Household Impacts Study, and Dividend Delivery Study.
June 23, 2019
CCL's Vice President of Programs Madeleine Para hosts a national team building panel featuring the experiences and perspectives for the four following CCL volunteers: Emily Salazar, CCL CA Fresno ChapterShannon Caraway, CCL TX Dallas-Grapevine ChapterSoniyyah Blue, CCL AR Ft. Smith ChapterJess Wilber, CCL OH Oberlin Chapter #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 22, 2019
In this episode we feature two people with very unconventional jobs. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, Brent Suter is concerned about climate change. He is using his platform to speak out. Circus artist and podcaster, Eliana Dunlap, "does circus" and is using circus arts to raise awareness about climate change. There is a growing movement among professional athletes. Beyond greening the sportsworld, more and more champions are using their platforms to urge large scale responses to climate change. Lew Blaustein, editor at Green Sports Blog, writes about this trend. He has been introducing Citizens Climate Radio host, Peterson Toscano to professional athletes who are not afraid to talk about climate change.  Brent Suter received a scholarship to play baseball at Harvard University, where he studied environmental science. He learned about the effects of climate change and what how we need to drastically reduce our pollution. At first that meant making individual lifestyle choices to lower his own personal carbon footprint, but he has been expanding his efforts. Through his Strike Out Waste initiative, he got professional baseball players to use reusable water bottles during spring training.  That’s just a start. Brent understands we need to change national energy policy. In a recent interview for the Green Sport Blog he said, "At this point in time, a carbon pricing program and higher incentives for clean energy are absolutely imperative towards the goal of stabilizing our climate and ensuring a healthy and viable future for our planet. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would not only help achieve these goals, but would give the funds raised back to the people, save countless lives, and create millions of jobs! A Green Revolution needs to happen fast, and this law, if passed, would play a vital role in helping solve the most important problem of our lives.” Hear our exclusive interview and learn more about the exciting news about how Brent is taking on climate change.  The Art House Eliana Dunlap was not born into a circus family; instead she learned circus arts at a circus school in Quebec. Her circus skill set is impressive and includes acrobatics, juggling, dance, and her speciality, the German Wheel. She has been performing circus arts in non-traditional spaces. She is also someone who is creatively responding to climate change. Through her podcast, Changing the World and Other Circus Related Things, she is connecting with other concerned circus artists. She is also one of the founding members of the Circus Action Network.  Eliana likens the high stakes world of circus arts to the challenges we face with climate change. She also sees examples from the circus world about how we can get people from various backgrounds to work together. This summer she and a friend will do street performances of a new circus art show called, High Stakes--What's the Plan(t)? In addition to lots of juggling and acrobatics, the show features a live plant as part of the action.  In this fascinating interview, Eliana opens up about the world of circus and how she and other concerned artists are creating avenues for a deeper conversation about climate change.  Puzzler In answer to last month's question, high school student, Jerome Foster II, explains why in his climate work he is more of an advocate than a rebel.  New Puzzler Question It’s a weird one, but there is a method in Our madness. We need to expand the ways we talk about climate change. Here is the question: What color do you associate with climate change and why? or What sound do you associate with climate change and why? Answer either or both. Try answering the puzzler question. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. Get back to host, Peterson Toscano by July, 15, 2018. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) Dig Deeper United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework Brent Suter on Major League Baseball Network Twitter with a video about sustainability WTMJ 4 featuring Brent Suter's skills doing impressions See Eliana Dunlap on the German Wheel and on the Trapeze  A short documentary about the German Wheel High Stakes--What's the Plan(t) video promo You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on Apple Podcasts, please consider rating and reviewing us!
June 21, 2019
Chris Adamo, Vice President, Danone North AmericaJanet Peace, Sr. VP of Policy & Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)Christina DeConcini, Manager, WRI Director of Government Affairs The popularity of the Green New Deal’s climate aspirations are rapidly increasing the level of interest in a broad array of climate solution strategies. Join us to understand how business and policy leaders view a carbon price as a cornerstone within a diverse spectrum of complementary proposals. Business leader panelists will explore how a carbon price benefits various stakeholders in the business, energy, and climate space (or not!), how a carbon price fits into the larger context of a complete climate legislation framework, and what other elements are needed in such a framework. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 21, 2019
Dr. Mona Sarfaty, Director, The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and HealthRobert Byron, Chief Information Officer, Bighorn Valley Health CenterDr. Natasha DeJarnett, Research Coordinator, National Environmental Health AssociationLyndsay Moseley Alexander, Assistant VP and Director, American Lung Association’s Healthy Air Campaign As efforts to address climate change become more focused on specific legislation and policy, join Dr. Mona Sarfaty, from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, Lyndsay Alexander, from the American Lung Association, and Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, from the National Environmental Health Association, to learn of ways we can support each others efforts, as well as concerns about specific strategies, as we work toward our shared goals of effective climate action. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 21, 2019
Jad Daley, President & CEO, American ForestsDebbie Reed, Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)Moderated by CCL Agriculture Action Team Lead Jan Elise StormForests, farms and wetlands in the United States already provide a substantial net carbon sink and have the capacity to reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by up to 21% through actions that will increase carbon storage and avoid greenhouse gas emissions. This session will show how leveraging management of forests and farms to deliver these reductions can amplify the impact of an economy-wide carbon price (e.g., the EICDA) on atmospheric carbon levels, making climate stabilization by 2050 more possible -- all while achieving multiple ecological co-benefits. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 21, 2019
Dr. Noah Kaufman, Research Scholar, Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy Researchers from Columbia University’s SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy and Rhodium Group conducted an analysis of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The presentation will describe estimates of the policy’s impacts on US emissions and on the production, consumption and prices across the US energy system. In addition, it will include estimates of government revenues and individual rebates, and it will survey the literature on important impacts of the policy beyond the scope of the Columbia/Rhodium analysis. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 21, 2019
Adele Morris, Senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics, Brookings InstituteWith CCL Leaders Paul Burke and Jim Probst This session presents CCL’s Coal Country Action Team’s white paper, “A New Day for the Coalfields” which calls for a 1% carve out from the fees collected, to be returned to the coalfields to aid in a just transition. This carve out for coal makes the bill more palatable for coal state legislators which impacts about 25 states. Even in a world with the EICDA, there is more to be done to provide opportunity to replace jobs and revenue in states and communities dealing with a rapidly declining coal industry. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 21, 2019
Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Policy Director, New ConsensusHannah Perry, DC Hub Coordinator, Sunrise MovementModerated by Stephanie Doyle The Green New Deal has captured national headlines and reshaped the national dialogue around climate change. Meet a leader from the Sunrise movement who put the Green New Deal on the map, and a chief architect of what policies will be included in a Green New Deal, Rhiana Gunn-Wright of New Consensus. We’ll discuss how we got to where we are, what comes next, and how we can all push for solutions together. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 21, 2019
Dr. Dan Wolk, Pennsylvania CCL, and John Sabin, Great Lakes CCL Co-Regional Coordinator Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a set of communication tools anyone can use in their advocacy work, from lobby meetings to talking with your neighbors about CCL. These tools sidestep resistance, promote collaboration and lead others to make the case for change. This will be a hands on workshop with lots of time to practice your new approaches to working with people. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 21, 2019
Rick Knight, CCL Research Coordinator Lesley Beatty, CCL Director of Marketing Our research and marketing departments have teamed up to dive into the details of the bill, and how to communicate with different audiences about it. #CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 18, 2019
Join Sandy Simon, CCL's National Resolutions Project Coordinator, for a training that outlines one of the most impactful ways we can express local political will - through obtaining resolutions in support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act from our local municipal governing bodies. City councils and boards of supervisors are in touch with their communities every day, are attentive to local voices, and can send strong messages on behalf of their entire citizenry. Think of local resolutions as endorsements on steroids. When a city, county or state passes one, they are sending a message to Congress on behalf of many thousands of people. Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/municipal-resolutionsCCL Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/143Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobby/Twitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 15, 2019
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, she hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and she has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders. CCL 2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 15, 2019
Piper Christian is a Freshman at the University of Utah. She has volunteered for Citizens Climate Lobby since her sophomore year in high school. In 2018, Piper worked with CCL volunteers and students to pass a resolution through the Utah State Legislature which recognized the impacts of climate change and encouraged emissions reductions. She has spoken on youth panels, organized Utah’s first youth environmental summit in 2017, and gave a TEDx talk on climate change communication in 2016. CCL 2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 15, 2019
A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali serves as the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation. He is also the founder of Revitalization Strategies, a business focused on moving our most vulnerable communities from “surviving to thriving.” Before joining the National Wildlife Federation, Mustafa was the senior vice president for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that connects the hip-hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. Previously, Mustafa worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 24 years. CCL 2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 15, 2019
Join CCL Research Coordinator Jerry Hinkle for a training that evaluates the climate and health benefits of the Energy Innovation Act and compares them to the policy costs. Economists wholly support charging for carbon pollution, and many support returning all funds to households. Why such strong support? The recent peer-reviewed literature makes clear that the policy benefits of a revenue neutral carbon tax that refunds all money to households greatly exceeds the policy costs. From this, supporters will better understand why economists insist a revenue neutral carbon tax is good for the economy and society. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Economists Statement on Carbon Dividends (3:53)Health Co-Benefits (11:54)Climate Benefits (15:47)Policy Costs vs. Benefits (24:19)Webinar Q&A: https://youtu.be/4JPON1vqCcA Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/economic-impactsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate
June 8, 2019
Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu is the John W. Larson professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at the Florida State University College of Law. He is the author of The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy, which remains the most comprehensive general treatment and argument for carbon taxation. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property. Professor Hsu holds an M.S. in ecology and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics and was an EPA Star Fellow from 1996-98.
June 7, 2019
Join CCL National Partnerships Coordinator Taylor Krause and CCL Membership Coordinator Sara Wanous for a final walk-through of the who, what, when, where, how and why of the 2019 International Conference & Lobby Day in Washington, DC. If you’re attending for the first time​ this is ​a highly valuable webinar in preparing for what to expect with the schedule, logistics, and final details. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Your Lobby Schedule & Pre-conference materials (2:56)Conference Schedule (13:30)Getting To The Hill & Capitol Area Considerations (25:28)Meeting Minutes Plans (34:43) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/logisticsTraining on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/272Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
June 1, 2019
Join Taylor Krause, CCL's National Outreach & Partnership Coordinator, and Sara Wanous, CCL's Membership Coordinator for a training focuses on the details of Congress, the policymaking process, and what life is like for members of Congress and their staffers. This webinar is also a part of CCL's Core Volunteer Training, a series specifically created to support you in becoming more active with CCL and answering any questions you might have across a wide range of topics. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Committees & Chambers (3:27)How A Bill Becomes Law (11:42)What's Law Like In Congress? (20:35)Citizen Advocacy Resources (34:10) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/cvt-congressTraining on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/61Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
June 1, 2019
Are you interested in learning more about what it takes and key details to remember when leading a lobby meeting with a member of Congress or staff? Join CCL Northeast Regional Coordinator Iona Lutey for a training that will review the role of a lobby team leader, how they assign team roles, coordinate practice times and how to handle other special situations. Skip to the following section(s):The Importance of Leadership (2:36)Advance Planning (6:06)Meeting Planning (17:40)Transition Examples (26:53)Other Considerations & Meeting Debrief (35:20)Meeting Minutes (40:58)TBD, Delivery Only, and Constituent Call-in Meetings(44:32) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/lobbyleadTraining on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/188Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
May 25, 2019
Sam Daley-Harris, author of the book, Reclaiming Our Democracy, helped develop a model of advocacy that empowered citizens to connect directly with lawmakers. This model has helped shape organizations like Citizens Climate Lobby and the Friends Council for National Legislation. Sam reveals some of the sources for his own inspiration. His parents--their faith and public witness--along with insights he gained from his twelve years playing in the Miami Philharmonic orchestra directly contributed to his success in addressing world hungry, promoting micro-loans for the poor, and in training climate advocates. Sam highlights the important roles advocates play in taking on climate change. Another climate advocate, Glen Retief, had the opportunity to take on the rebel role during the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa. He stood up to the racist policies of his government, but not as a rebel. Instead, he took on the role of advocate--lobbying, writing letters, and going to meetings. You will hear about the seemingly impossible task to turn his country around and the extraordinary lessons he learned that he now applies to his work in promoting solutions to climate change. Glen is the author of the Lambda Awarding winning book, The Jack Bank--A Memoir of a South African Childhood.  Art House Elizabeth Doud takes on the role of Siren Jones in her one-person performance, The Mermaid Tear Factory. Based in Miami, Florida, she has been a catalyst to engage other artists in conversations around climate change. Each year she helps organize Climakaze Miami.  Elizabeth explains why she sees Miami as the city of the future--both with its international changing demographics and the many ways climate change is reshaping the city. She also shares why artists need to break away from telling the story of climate science and instead dig deep into the hard emotions around climate change. Puzzler Question You attended one of the recent student walk-out demonstrations. While there you spoke to a parent, Claire. Claire’s daughter was a protest organizer. You tell Claire how you speak to legislators about laws that will address fossil fuel pollution. You see yourself as an advocate, working in the system to bring about change. Claire confesses, “I would never have the patience for that. I am so angry and I need to protest.” She then asks, “So why do you do that kind of advocacy work instead of protesting and civil disobedience?” Try answering the puzzler question. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. Get back to host, Peterson Toscano by June, 15, 2018. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) Dig Deeper Citizens Climate University webinar: Reclaiming Our Democracy with Sam Daley-Harris.  RESULTS--Raise Your Voice to End Poverty 2018 Global Hunger Index Climate Change -- A University of Miami Special Report Interview with Elizabeth Doud in Indicio Magazine You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on Apple Podcasts, please consider rating and reviewing us!
May 24, 2019
How might you best respond to someone in a meeting yelling their concerns back at you? Or a group member taking over on a tangent? Join Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator Tamara Staton and Southeast Regional Director Don Addu for this training to learn how to overcome objections and handle difficult situations with a proven process that keeps your meetings and conversations on topic and leads to more effective and meaningful relationships. Skip to the following section(s):What About China & India? (2:40)Sounds like a Tax (6:44)Revenue-Neutrality (10:11)Climate Skepticism (13:00)Key Takeaways & Common Temptations (16:30)Difficult Situations (20:50)Hot Button Topics (26:10)Putting It All Together (34:30) Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/ handling-difficult-scenariosTraining on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/187Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
May 17, 2019
Lobbying can be both exciting and intimidating. Being prepared is one way to reduce anxiety. Join CCL Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator Sabrina Fu for a training that will walk you through CCL's step-by-step process for preparing for your meetings in Washington DC with Congress and/or their staff. -Researching your legislator and their district or state before a visit -The additional tools CCL offers to identify local climate impacts and economic demographics of the community -Assigning meeting roles -Practicing and working together as a team Skip ahead to the following section(s):Intro & Overview (from beginning)Tools for Preparing to Lobby (2:52)Assigning Roles (14:12)Supporting Asks & Legislation of Interest (19:50)Practice Ahead (37:38)Putting It All Together (45:49) Follow us on Facebook:http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/planning-your-meetingCCL Training page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/185
May 11, 2019
Before leaving Congress, Carlos Curbelo did more than any Republican to tone down the divisive rhetoric on climate change and start a movement to turn it into a bipartisan issue. Along with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), he led the formation and growth of the Climate Solutions Caucus, which had 45 Republicans and 45 Democrats at the end of the previous Congress. In January, he joined the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and he also joined the advisory board of the Millennial Action Project, a nonprofit focused on getting younger lawmakers to work across the aisle and to bring civility to the governing process. He joins this month’s call to talk about building the momentum for a bipartisan approach to solving climate change.
May 10, 2019
Are you interested in finding out about where the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is designed to assess the fee it places on fossil fuel emissions? Join CCL's Research Coordinator Rick Knight for a training that explores more in-depth policy details behind how carbon-based fuels may be assessed their CO2 content and what it means to assess a fee as far upstream as possible. Rick will follow the supply chain for coal, oil and natural gas to understand how the Energy Innovation Act might minimize the administrative burden of assessing the fee while maximizing the extent to which the fee captures the full fuel cycle greenhouse gas emissions. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Intro & Overview (from beginning)Measuring Carbon Content (3:38)Supply Chains for Coal, Oil & Gas (13:25)H.R. 763 & Fee Placement (20:17)Regulatory Discretion & Summary (29:18) Follow us on Facebook:http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/point-of-assessmentCCL Training page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/130Q&A from webinar here: https://youtu.be/EqtdQmlvbSA
May 8, 2019
Join Amy Bennett, CCL’s Director of Congressional Liaisons and Lobby Days, for a webinar that will walk you through what an actual meeting with your member of Congress can look like ahead of meeting for CCL's June Conference in Washington, DC. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Meeting Roles Review (3:06)Researching Your Member (7:54)Planning Your Meeting (14:49)Meeting Demonstration: Beginning (21:39)Meeting Demonstration: Middle (28:15)Meeting Demonstration: End (35:36)Final Reflections (40:57) Webinar slides: cclusa.org/cvtlobbyThis training on CCL Community: community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/186Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: twitter.com/citizensclimate/
May 7, 2019
Join CCL's Jim Tolbert, Conservative Director, for a training on Communicating With Conservatives regarding The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act. Jim will review conservative messaging on climate change and highlight the conservative support aligning with the bill as well as the Act's five key messages and underlying components, connecting each to how the bill aligns with conservative values. Core Volunteer Training is a series specifically created to support you in becoming more active with CCL and answering any questions you might have across a wide range of topics. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Moral Foundations Theory (2:56)In-Group Loyalty & Betrayal (8:53)Authority vs. Subversion (15:06)Purity vs. Sanctity (17:00)Conservative Messaging on the Energy Innovation Act (21:13)Resources on Community (33:22) Webinar slides: http://cclusa.org/cvt-conservativesThis training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/55Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
May 4, 2019
Does citizen advocacy and the constituent advantage still matter in this day and age in Congress? Join CCL's Advisory Board Member and Civic Courage Executive Director Sam Daley-Harris and CCL leaders' stories from throughout the country for a training that will demonstrate the advantages we hold as citizens in transforming our government and the policies we adopt. Skip ahead to the following section(s):RESULTS background (Sam's Story) (5:45) Our Sense of Powerlessness (17:35)Making A Difference (21:46)The Role of Citizens (Destiny's Story) (29:29)Building Relationships (Krystal's Story) (41:19) Sharing Our Stories (Grant's Story) (49:52) Webinar slides: cclusa.org/transformative-powerThis training on CCL Community: community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/48Prepare For Lobby Day Training: community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/272Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 27, 2019
Join CCL Action Coordinator Todd Elvins for a training that highlights the beginning steps to get started building support for the Energy Innovation Act from prominent local faith, business, and community leaders and elected officials who will impress your members of Congress in your own community. Skip Ahead to the following section(s): Endorsement Story & Five Levers Review (2:25) Getting Endorsements (7:45) Using the Energy Innovation Act Website (17:08) Prioritizing Engagements (22:14) Types of Endorsements (27:08) Action Teams Discussed (31:30) Resources: Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/cvt-grasstops Engaging Community Leaders Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/62Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 27, 2019
Join Clara Fang, CCL's Higher Education Outreach Coordinator, as she shares findings from her PhD research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental movement. Studies show that people of color in the United States support climate action as much if not more than Whites, but they don't seem to be translating that concern into membership in environmental organizations, many of which struggle with diversity. In this webinar, you'll learn about the historic and cultural barriers for people of color in the environmental movement, and what CCL can do to be a more diverse and inclusive organization. Skip ahead to the following section(s):The Challenge of Diversity (2:06)Benefits of Diversity (5:29)Perceptions of Climate Change (8:18)Barriers of History and Culture (15:10)Building A Just & Inclusive Climate Community (24:10)What Can I Do? (29:35)Final Resources & References (36:27) Resources:Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/diversity-climateReaching Out To Diverse Communities Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/173Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 27, 2019
Nicole Chatterson at the University of Hawaii and Dominic Scicchitano at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania have spent a lot of time in the water. Nicole talks about plastic pollution she has been hauling up in the Pacific Ocean while Dominic shares his findings regarding micro-plastics in the Susquehanna River. The segment helps listeners connect plastic production and pollution with climate change. What happens to our trash once we throw it out? Nicole discusses the complications of the waste to energy incinerator on the island of Oahu. Both guests also talk about the need to advocate for systems changes that will reduce plastic waste especially from single use plastics. Discover the individual and larger policy changes that will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The Art House Peter Buckland is a local politician, a sustainability expert at Penn State University, and a poet. He also loves to listen to music. He talks about the powerful environmental messages he hears in heavy metal music. Discover how this loud and very fast music speaks directly to the climate change problems we created and must address. The Puzzler  We hear answers to the puzzler question, "If global warming is happening, why did we just have such cold weather this past winter in the USA?"  New Puzzler Question This puzzler is for people in groups like Citizens Climate Lobby that speak to members of congress. You attended one of the recent student walk-out demonstrations. While there you spoke to a parent, Claire.  Claire’s daughter was a protest organizer. You told Claire about the work you do speaking to legislators about laws that will address fossil fuel pollution. You see yourself as an advocate, working in the system to bring about change. Claire confessed, “I would never have the patience for that. I am so angry and I need to protest.” She then asked, “Why do you do that kind of advocacy work instead of protesting and civil disobedience?” Send Peterson your answers by May 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of three minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).  Dig Deeper How Big is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Science Vs. Myth (NOAA) Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Plastic Processing Industry (Natural Resources Canada) CCL Monthly call with Julia Roberson, VP of Communications for Ocean Conservancy  Middle Susquehanna River Keeper  Moshing for the Environment: Heavy Metal and Climate Change You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on Apple Podcasts, please consider rating and reviewing us!
April 19, 2019
Curious about how the policy details behind how the Energy Innovation Act's carbon dividends will get back to households? Join CCL Research Coordinator Rick Knight for a training that will provide a detailed look at the administrative pathway for how carbon dividends can be returned that addresses key questions about the carbon fund, distribution framework, and its taxability. Skip ahead to the following section(s):Policy Review & Background (2:15)Distributing the Dividend (8:00)Comparing with H.R. 763 (27:11) Webinar slides: http://cclusa.org/dividend-distributionThis training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org...Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 13, 2019
On the issue of climate change, the faith community speaks with a moral authority. One of the leading voices in that community is Interfaith Power & Light, whose mission is "to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy." IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot joined our April call to share the work they're doing to spread the gospel of stewardship and sustainability.
April 12, 2019
Are you interested in finding out about how other chapters have generated a steady stream of calls to Congress from their local chapter? Join CCL Special Projects Coordinator Morgan McCue for a training that will provide an overview of how your group can also initiate a campaign to provide a low commitment action to capture many in your group's desire to communicate with Congress and help influence their support! Skip ahead to the following sections:How It Works (3:48)Advice For Leaders (8:15)Separate Video: Perspectives From The Field Interviews (https://youtu.be/zayzGVF-Dw4 ) Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/dialing-congressCCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/390Follow us on FB: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 5, 2019
Are you curious about what CCL chapters in Africa and Europe are doing? Wondering how CCL is represented at some of the global talks? Join ​Cathy Orlando, CCL’s International Outreach Manager for a CCL training to answer those questions! This Citizens' Climate University session will cover what is going on around the world in ​CCL’s​ network in 2019, what other countries are doing in terms of carbon pricing and citizen engagement, and how CCL is engaging in international civil society meetings. Skip ahead to the following sections:Important Maps & Resources (2:35)Canada's Policy Updates (7:18)CCL Group Stories Around the World (15:21)CCL's International Participation (25:55) Training slides: http://cclusa.org/around-the-worldTraining webpage: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/157Follow us on FB: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 5, 2019
Are you curious about how to improve your writing skills for climate-focused opinion-editorials? Join ​Steve Valk, CCL’s Communications Director for a CCL training to answer those questions! This training session covers the process for writing a new op-ed, how to successfully submit it, as well as the editorial process. Skip ahead to the following sections:The Writing Process (3:10)Submitting Your Op-Ed & What To Do If Published (11:52)The Exended Metaphor (16:20)The Personal Narrative (19:37)The Local Angle (23:11)Recurring Events & Holidays (26:23) Training slides: http://cclusa.org/ccu-op-edsTraining webpage: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/113Follow us on FB: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 5, 2019
This training highlights recommendations on communicating with progressive groups about the Energy Innovation Act, reviews the organizational statements made on behalf of the recent legislation, and walks through CCL’s ongoing plan for outreach to progressive, environmental, and climate justice organizations at the national and local level. Skip ahead to the following sections:National Group Support (2:15)CCL National Outreach (6:05)Communications Considerations (9:40)Four Roles of Social Activism (17:57)Responding To Criticism (21:53)Local Actions & Wrap-up (33:03) Training slides: http://cclusa.org/progressive-outreach-billTraining webpage: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/122Follow us on FB: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 5, 2019
Join CCL's President and Founder Marshall Saunders for a special training focusing on the transformative power of storytelling. Marshall shares his own experience starting CCL, complete with setbacks and early victories The training opens up to all volunteer stories on the line reflecting on moment they are most proud of as a CCL volunteer and what experiences helped expand comfort zones, leading to unknown places. Core Volunteer Training is a series specifically created to support you in becoming more active with CCL and answering any questions you might have across a wide range of topics. Skip ahead to the following sections:The Power of Stories (2:05)The Purpose of Stories (4:54)Marshall's Story of CCL's Beginning (8:06)Stories of Empowerment & Transformation (19:20)Closing Reflection & Wrap-up (29:31) Training slides: http://cclusa.org/ccl-storytellingTraining webpage: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/65Follow us on FB: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
April 5, 2019
Are you interested in finding out more about what recent climate change research is finding out behind specific local impacts? Join CCL Science Policy Network Leader Dana Nuccitelli for a training that provides an overview of the findings from the recent 4th National Climate Assessment Report and related research in what to anticipate in terms of impacts to sea level rise, flooding, wildfire, heat waves, drought, snowpack, ice, and biodiversity loss as well as how to frame these local impacts in your own communications. Skip ahead to the following sections:4th National Climate Assessment Report Background (2:39)The Southeast: Sea Level Rise & Hurricanes (7:26)The Midwest & Great Plains: Flooding & Heat Waves (14:51)The Southwest: Wildfires & Drought (19:24)Alaska: Arctic Ice Loss (31:49)The Northwest: Shrinking Snowpack (33:09)The Northeast: Biodiversity (35:56)Communicating Impacts: Tools To Help Make it Local (39:04) Training slides: cclusa.org/local-impacts-trainingTraining webpage: community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/52Follow us on FB: facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/citizensclimate/
March 23, 2019
Rebels are organizing. We are witnessing a growing global student protest movement around climate change. In episode nine our host, Peterson Toscano, chatted with Quaker author, speaker, and activist, Eileen Flanagan. She described the four different roles change agents take—Helper, Organizer, Advocate, and Rebel. This month we dig deeper into the role of the rebels—groups and individuals who disrupt business as usual in order to bring about systems change.  In addition to capturing voices of protesters from the recent student walk-out in Honolulu, Hawaii, which was part of similar actions around the world, Peterson chats with Robin Boardman, from the British group Extinction Rebellion. Robin and his friends are planning major disruptive actions in London and other parts of the UK in mid-April. What are their goals, values, and methods? Join us for this insightful and moving conversation.  The Art House Returning to the Art House is Hope Clark. She is a dancer concerned about climate change. In episode 18 she told us how she decided to engage her community in the Washington DC area through a public art project. To do so, she used giant parachutes.  Creating an art piece can help us process our thoughts and feelings about a topic as large and challenging as climate change. No surprise then, once she completed the Make a Movement Parachute Community Project, Hope began to go deeper into her own feelings. She found herself returning to an old comfort—an addiction to cigarette smoking. Hope is making powerful connections between her own addictions and society's addiction to fossil fuels. Through spoken word and dance, she is exploring the comforts we seek that have failed us.  Puzzler Question We have been getting excellent answers to our puzzler question. We want to hold this one out for another month. We look forward to hearing from you.  Puzzler Question You are at a family dinner when you mention your excitement about more and more people becoming concerned about climate change. Your Uncle Ralph interrupts, “Global warming? Seriously? What about all this record cold weather we have had? It doesn’t seem its warming at all?”   So what do you say? How can you open up a conversation about climate change that doesn’t just turn into a debate? Send Peterson your answers by April 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of three minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).   Dig Deeper Extinction Rebellion on Twitter @ExtinctionR Erica Chenoweth, author of Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence, inspiration to Extinction Rebellion Gandhi's Civil Disobedience  Environmental Organizations Outreach Training Addiction as a Metaphor for Climate Change: An Interview with Charles Eisenstein(The Fix) You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!   (Photo from the Extinction Rebellion newsletter #16.)
March 17, 2019
Join Dr. Sandra Kirtland Turner, CCE Board Member and Assistant Professor of Paleoclimate at UC - Riverside for a deeper discussion about:  Understanding the natural carbon cycle as well as the basic concepts behind climate change (4:11) Exploring how humans factor in (11:28) The importance behind the scientific method and peer review process (18:33) Responding to common questions (21:31) A Success Story: The Ozone Hole (30:24) Final Takeaways about communicating the science of climate change (36:18) How to take action to find out more information and connect with climate scientists local to your group (40:26) Core Volunteer Training is specifically created to engage and support new CCL volunteers in becoming more active and answering any questions you might have across a wide range of topics. Training Slides:  cclusa.org/cvtclimatescience Training on CCL Community:https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/51 Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
March 17, 2019
For those who can’t attend our Climate Advocate Training live, we provide a pre-recorded version here. After attending CCL's informational session (cclusa.org/intro) join Amy Bennett, CCL’s Director of Congressional Liaisons & Lobby Days, and Brett Cease, CCL’s Volunteer Education and Engagement Coordinator as they welcome you to CCL! In this training you will:-Learn the basics of becoming an effective climate advocate (throughout)-Review the structure, mission, and purpose of CCL (from beginning)-Practice how to appeal to the best in others and build common ground (9:29)-Review CCL’s methodology of creating political will (20:36)-Learn how to conduct constructive meetings with elected representatives (43:54)-Review the details and further resources to understand the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (47:52) Slides & Notes/Transcript: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/recorded-climate-advocate-training/ Connect with your local chapter and explore CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/chapters Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby andTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
March 15, 2019
Join Dr. Ross Astoria, CCL Board Chairman and Chair of Politics, Philosophy, and Law Department at University of Wisconsin at Parkside for a webinar exploring the important history of the Clean Air Act and how key EPA regulations would interact with federal carbon pricing like the Energy Innovation Act. Webinar slides: http://cclusa.org/clean-air-regs Skip ahead to the following sections: Administrative Law Review (2:19) Clean Air Act History & Framework (5:27) EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations (14:07) The Energy Innovation Act’s Pause (18:13) Evaluation Framework For Carbon Pricing & Regulations (26:50) Final Takeaways (39:10) Training on CCL Community:https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/261 Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/ Additional Q&A available: https://youtu.be/v-hfah9OYJo
March 9, 2019
Enrolling support from the business community is essential to getting effective climate policies enacted by Congress. Anne Kelly, Senior Director of Policy and the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) Network at Ceres, joined our March national call to talk about making the business case for acting on climate change. Anne is an environmental lawyer with twenty-five years of combined experience in the private and public sectors.
March 8, 2019
Join Dr. Ross Astoria, CCL’s board chairman and trade law specialist for a training that provides an overview of the basics of border carbon adjustments, how they’re viewed and interpreted within international trade law. This Citizens' Climate University training also provides updates on how the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act incorporates border carbon adjustments into its legislation as well as analyzes the practical aspects of implementation and constraints that designing an adjustment policy faces. Skip ahead to the following sections: Intro & Agenda (from beginning) Context of International Trade (2:13)History of Trade Treaties (5:59)Interpreting Tariffs & Resolving Disputes (9:50)Adjustment Design For Fossil Fuels & Carbon Intensive Goods (20:48)Global Diplomacy Considerations (30:30)Final Thoughts & Takeaways (39:20) Tonight’s slides: http://cclusa.org/border-carbon-adjustmentsCCL Community training page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/132Follow us Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/
February 24, 2019
Gael Henry Carlut grew up in the Philippines on what was once a desert island. Gael's father is from France and his mother is from Iloilo in the Philippines. They fell in love and in 1986 settled on Pandan Island.  Their goal was to protect the extraordinary coral reef that surrounds the island and then share it with others. Gael left the Philippines and settled in France to study environmental science and water treatment processes. He felt a strong pull though to return not only to the Philippines, but to this remote island. On a recent visit to Pandan Island, Citizens Climate Radio host, Peterson Toscano chatted with Gael about the island, climate change, and the pursuit of happiness.  Art House Marissa Slaven talks about her novel, Code Blue, an eco-mystery. Drawing on her love of the coast in New England and even her background a palliative care physician, Marissa has created a near future world that is stressed by climate change in a society has chosen to respond creatively to it. She expertly weaves in various mysterious her main characters, Atlantic or Tic, a high school student, must solve. These mysterious are both personal and scientific. Her book is one you cannot easily put down once you start reading it.  Puzzler We hear answers to last month’s puzzler question: Your cousin Dan is discouraged because world leaders do not want to respond to climate change; he wonders if we should just wait it out until we have better leaders.    New Puzzler Question   You are at a family dinner when you mention your excitement about more and more people becoming concerned about climate change. Your Uncle Ralph interrupts, “Global warming? Seriously? What about all this record cold weather we have had? It doesn’t seem its warming at all?” So what do you say? How can you open up a conversation about climate change that doesn’t just turn into a debate?   Send Peterson your answers by March 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).   You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!
February 11, 2019
Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is a research coordinator at the National Environmental Health Association. Her specialty areas include climate change and environmental exposures. Dr. DeJarnett received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Louisville in 2013. As a postdoc at the University, she was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate cardiovascular risks of air pollution exposures. She also serves on the board of Citizens’ Climate Education.
February 8, 2019
Are you excited to share engaging presentations about CCL and the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act? Join CCL leader Steve Levin and Dave Cain, CCL’s Presenter & Scheduler Action Team Lead, for a fresh approach and live demonstration of orienting people to climate change and CCL, including a focus on the Energy Innovation Act with CCL’s new Introductory Presentation. Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/intro-slides Skip ahead to the following sections: Demo presentation begins (4:27) Debriefing presentation (29:49) How to Get Involved (31:39)
February 1, 2019
Join CCL’s Action Coordinator Todd Elvins and Volunteer Education Coordinator Brett Cease for a webinar highlighting the actions volunteers can take across all five levers of political will to generate support for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act. Todd and Brett highlight a review of the actions all volunteers can take while walking through the "2019 CCL Chapter Action Guide" to help all CCL groups provide focused and widespread support for the new carbon fee and dividend legislation in Congress! Skip ahead to the following sections: Individual Actions (2:10) Chapter Activities (7:15) Lobbying Actions (12:56) Grasstops Engagement Actions (17:50) Grassroots Outreach Actions (29:45) Media Outreach Actions (37:14) Wrap Up & Contact Information (41:44) Link to the Presentation Slides
January 26, 2019
Two coal miners from Appalachia open up about the risks and challenges of mining. Michael Ray Whitten from West Virginia and Nick Mullins from Kentucky come from families that have been mining for generations. They talk to show host, Peterson Toscano, about the physical toll mining had on their fathers. After seeing the damage to miners and to the land, they are now speaking out about the need to transition away from coal mining jobs. Dr. Nathasha DeJarnett from the National Environmental Health Association joins the conversation to talk about Black Lung Disease and the health risks miners in rural communities face. Listen in to this informative and moving discussion. Art House Inthe art house you will meet Michelle Irizarry. She a visual artist living in Orlando, Florida, USA. Michelle is is also a civil engineer. As a result of climate change, she has seen a big transformation in her work as a artist. Hear about her powerful new paintings and the role of art in her life as she deepens her understanding of climate change. She her paintings on-line at her website or her Facebook page.  Puzzler We also have answers to last month’s puzzler: What do you say your co-worker, Janet, wants nothing to do with your bipartisan climate group because it includes Conservatives? Two listeners share how they would address Janet’s fears and doubts. New Puzzler Question At a family gathering you are chatting with your cousin, Dan. You mention climate change and he has a meltdown. He says, “I feel so discouraged. All over the world you have leaders in Brazil, the US, and parts of Canada opposing any action on climate change. I hate to give up but maybe we just have to wait a couple of years before we can do anything about it.” What do you say to Dan to help address this discouragement she has? If national leaders are not acting on climate change, what can we do? Send your answers to Peterson by February 15, 2019. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)  Dig Deeper Nick Mullins' Breaking Clean organization Michael Ray Whitten and his coal mining family in Boone County (YouTube video) Prevalence of Black Lung Continues to Increase among U.S. Coal Miners (NIOSH)   4th National Climate Assessment Rural Communities Section (USGCRP) An Epidemic is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners—Regulators Could have Stopped It (NPR) Pneumoconioses Fact Sheet (CDC)   You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!
January 25, 2019
On January 24, 2019, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was reintroduced into Congress by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), and original cosponsors Reps. Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Charlie Crist (D-FL-13), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-3), and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA-52). Join CCL's Mark Reynolds, Madeleine Para, and Danny Richter in a webinar that celebrates this achievement, reviews the basic framework of the bill, and highlights what CCL is calling on volunteers to do today, tomorrow, and over the next few weeks to help now that a bill introduced. Outline (skip forward to times listed): Review of the Bill's Basic Framework (starts at 2:12) What Happens This Year (starts at 8:42) Review of Actions & Next Steps (starts at 15:45) Mark Wraps up (starts at 23:55). This historic bipartisan legislation would enact carbon fee and dividend into law when passed, and is the result of the hard work and support of thousands of CCL volunteers over many years. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 incorporates the most important provisions of carbon fee and dividend: a fee on carbon emissions at the source that starts at $15 per ton and goes up $10 per year, and a full dividend allocated to households. There are also a few provisions that have been added that are not in our proposal. For Full Details, visit: www.cclusa.org/bill. For the extended Q&A from this webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/MUUPmElrrNQ
January 18, 2019
The Energy Innovation Act provides an exciting opportunity for your group to start making plans to meet your Congressional members in district. Join Amy Bennett, CCL’s Director of Congressional Liaisons and Lobby Days for a webinar that will walk you through the process of planning and setting up a successful meeting with your member of Congress back home in your community this spring. Meeting in the local district of a member of Congress increases the likelihood of a face-to-face meeting and allows more CCL volunteers to participate in lobbying. This session will cover why meeting in-district is so important, how to involve local people of influence, and demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach by sharing some of CCL's success stories. Skip ahead to the following sections: Why In-District? (2:23) Starting Out (5:13) Coordinating the Plan (12:31) Additional Resources (18:21) Karl Danz's Story, Liaison for Rep. Eshoo (19:12) Mike & Robin Hoy's Story, Liaisons for Rep. Fitzpatrick (27:13) Wrap-up (35:53) This training's presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/in-district-ccu
January 12, 2019
Joining our January 2019 is Amanda Ripley, a reporter who practices “solutions journalism” that digs below oversimplified narratives to get to the deeper truths about people and society. In the process, she has come across a way to address conflict that results in a more satisfying outcome: Complicate the narrative. As we engage in the difficult conversations needed to arrive at solutions to preserve a livable world, Amanda offers the tools to disrupt the intractable conflict that impedes our progress. Amanda has written for The Atlantic, Time magazine, Slate and the Wall Street Journal and is the author of The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way. Mark introduces Amanda: 3:14 Amanda's presentation: 8:34 Q&A from audience: 18:15 January monthly actions: 29:57 You can download this month's CCL Action Sheet at www.cclusa.org/actionsheet
January 11, 2019
What are groups doing to table now that the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act is out? Join CCL Third Coast Regional Coordinator Susan Adams and CCL’s Special Projects Coordinator Taylor Krause for a webinar that reviews the updated materials available to help enhance your group’s tabling events as well as highlight guidelines on effective communications about the Energy Innovation Act legislation to the general public while you're out and active. Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/tabling-updates-ccu
January 5, 2019
Curious about Citizens' Climate Lobby’s Presence at COP24, the recent international climate negotiations in Poland? Join CCL’s Global Strategies Director Joe Robertson for a webinar updating listeners to the network of initiatives CCL is involved in throughout the larger international climate policymaking community and their strategic importance. The webinar addresses how international climate negotiations work, where CCL is involved in the international dialogue, and the main practical connections to U.S. national law. To skip ahead to a specific section: 1. The Structure of Climate Geopolitics (3:42) 2. What is at Stake (10:35)3. Who is Involved? (14:12)4. Climate Smart Finance (19:46)5. What’s Next? (28:40) To view the slides used in this presentation at: http://cclusa.org/climate-geopolitics-ccu
December 21, 2018
Curious about how Canada’s Federal Carbon Pricing programcompares with the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act? Join Dr. David Maenz for an overview of Canada’s emerging climate action plan, a mixture of federal and provincial initiatives with carbon pricing in place across the country. Dr. Maenz reviews the Pan-Canadian framework’s policy details in the context of the larger global efforts within the core objectives of the Paris Agreement as well as how this federal backstop policy compares with the recent Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act. Dr. Maenz highlights research from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, The Pembina Institute, and Clean Prosperity in his presentation. Have an additional question? Post it here on the CCL Canada Forum for Dr. Maenz to respond.
December 20, 2018
On December 19, 2018, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced into the Senate by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Join CCL's Mark Reynolds, Madeleine Para, and Danny Richter in a webinar that celebrates this achievement, reviews the basic framework of the bill, and highlights what CCL is calling on volunteers to do today, tomorrow, and over the next few weeks to help now that a bill introduced. Outline (skip forward to times listed): The Bill's Background (starts at 0:30), Review of the Bill's Basic Framework (starts at 2:45),  Review of Actions & Next Steps (starts at 11:55), Mark Wraps up with Rep. Delaney speech (starts at 16:55). This historic bipartisan bill would enact carbon fee and dividend into law when passed, and is the result of the hard work and support of thousands of CCL volunteers over many years. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 incorporates the most important provisions of carbon fee and dividend: a fee on carbon emissions at the source that starts at $15 per ton and goes up $10 per year, and a full dividend allocated to households. There are also a few provisions that have been added that are not in our proposal. For Full Details, visit: cclusa.org/bill
December 15, 2018
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist, a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She is also a brilliant climate communicator and the host of the Global Weirding web series. She chats with show host, Peterson Toscano, about what has changed since she her famous address at the 2015 Citizens Climate International Conference. There is no more speculation; climate change is here. She talks about the many ways people are adapting, and she provides excellent climate communication tips. Dr. Hayhoe also reveals where she finds hope in these troubling times.  The Art House Dr. Jeffrey Bennett and illustrator Roberta Collier-Morales created the whimsical and moving illustrated children's book, The Wizard Who Saved the World. While most of his Dr. Bennett's Max the Dog books are about space travel, Jeff felt it was time to write about what was happening on earth with global warming. Not only did he need to tap into deep emotions, he had to find a new illustrator who could capture the story of Diego, a boy suddenly alarmed by climate change and motivated to do something about it. To create the vibrant images about Diego's inner and outer world, Roberta Collier-Morales drew on her own childhood struggles with dyslexia and the role imagination played in her young life. Puzzler Question Listener Sherri Michalovic answers the question, What does your faith have to do with climate change? She makes connections to a changing climate, asthma among children in her city, and the mandate she feels as a Christian to love her neighbor.  New Puzzler Question You are part of a group that pursues bi-partisan economic solutions to address climate change. One of your co-workers, Janet is a Progressive Liberal who also wants to see us do something about climate change. But she is pushing back against your ideas. She says, “Right now I don’t trust any plan that has Conservatives involved. How do I know this is not some group that is  lying, greenwashing, and is an enemy of environmental justice?” Janet has fears and doubts that need to be addressed. How would you respond? Send your answers to Peterson by January 15, 2019. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)  Dig Deeper Global Warming Primer by Dr. Jeffrey Bennet Fourth National Climate Assessment NCA4 Volume One Fourth National Climate Assessment NCA4 Volume Two Story Time from Space--watch astronauts read Dr. Jeffrey Bennett's books for children Citizens Climate Radio Ep 4 Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and Communication Myths You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!
December 14, 2018
Note: This webinar quotes from the 2018 version of this legislation - for the updated page & line references, see this training page.  Join CCL’s Vice President of Government Affairs Dr. Danny Richter for a webinar that dives deeper into the text of the monumental Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act for all CCL volunteers. The webinar will begin with a quick review of updates with the legislation, and then delve into the actual bill text via the section-by-section analysis, as Dr. Richter walks through the language and backstory the same way CCL's DC office presented the bill architecture with Congressional offices.   Skip ahead for a specific section's analysis: Section 1: Legislation Background (2:30) Section 2: Findings & Context (5:11) Section 3: Carbon Dividends & Components (6:13) Section 4: Carbon Dividend Trust Fund (20:54) Sections 6 & 7: National Academy Review & Biomass Study (29:15) Section 8: Adjustments to Duplicative GHG Regulations (30:53) Section 11: No Preemption of State Law (37:42)
December 8, 2018
On CCL's December call, Executive Director Mark Reynolds reviews all of the significant actions that CCL groups across the country have done since the historic Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act was introduced. We are also joined by Per Espen Stoknes, a Norwegian psychologist and politician for the Green Party who served as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway. He weaves together psychology and economics in imaginative ways, often revolving around our human relationships to the natural world and to each other. He is the author of the book, What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming. Stoknes posits that people have five inner defenses that stop people from engaging on climate change, and he offers ways to "flip" those defenses. You can download this month's CCL Action Sheet at cclusa.org/actionsheet
December 7, 2018
Join Citizens' Climate Lobby’s Vice President of Programs Madeleine Para, CCL Action Coordinator Todd Elvins and CCL Southeast Regional Director Don Addu for a webinar highlighting the actions volunteers can take across all five levers of political will to generate support for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act. Video outline and sections: 3:26 - Don compares the focus for location action in 2018 & 20195:33 - Madeleine highlights actions with Congress and Lobbying11:26 - Madeleine highlights actions with generating media16:20 - Todd highlights grasstops engagement and endorsing actions30:27 - Don reviews grassroots outreach plans and opportunities36:48 - Don reviews chapter organizing plans40:39 - Madeleine role models communicating with others that might respond with criticism48:40 - closing contact information and inspirational Rep. Deutch quote   You can get more information on its website: www.energyinnovationact.org As well as on CCL Community at: www.cclusa.org/bill.
December 6, 2018
Join Citizens' Climate Lobby's Conservative Director Jim Tolbert for a webinar on outreach updates with conservatives and eco-right organizations regarding The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act. Jim will review conservative messaging on climate change and how it relates to the new legislation. Jim will highlight the conservative support aligning with the bill as well as the Act’s five key messages and underlying components, connecting each to how the bill aligns with conservative values. You can get more information on its website: www.energyinnovationact.org As well as on CCL Community at: www.cclusa.org/bill.
December 5, 2018
Join Citizens' Climate Lobby’s Stephanie Doyle, National Outreach and Partnership Coordinator in a webinar that highlights outreach updates with environmental, climate justices, and progressive organizations regarding The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act. Stephanie will facilitate a review of the organizational statements made on behalf of the recent legislation, what CCL’s ongoing plan for outreach to non-profit organizations is at the national and local level, and recommendations to talk about the bill with progressive groups. You can get more information on its website: www.energyinnovationact.org As well as on CCL Community at: www.cclusa.org/bill.
November 30, 2018
Join Dr. Danny Richter, Citizen Climate Lobby's VP of Government Affairs, in a webinar highlighting the main details of the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act's legislative text. Danny walks through the Carbon Fee & Dividend components as well as the Carbon Equalization Tariff, Regulatory Adjustment, and Strategic Considerations on the Hill as well as some of the most frequent questions about the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act from CCL volunteers. For more information about the bill, visit: cclusa.org/energy-innovation act For full access to this lesson's presentation slides and video visit: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/learn/carbon-fee-and-dividend/legislative-updates-media-plan-and-messaging-recommendations/
November 30, 2018
Join Steve Valk, Citizens' Climate Lobby's Communications Director and Flannery Winchester CCL's Communications Coordinator for a webinar highlighting the media strategy on the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act for all CCL volunteers. Flannery and Steve provide an overview of how to best engage your local media outlets, where to route national media interests, how to participate on social media, and where to find all of the resources for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act in CCL Community. For more information about the bill, visit: cclusa.org/energy-innovation act For full access to this lesson's presentation slides and video visit: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/learn/carbon-fee-and-dividend/legislative-updates-media-plan-and-messaging-recommendations/
November 30, 2018
Join Flannery Winchester, CCL's Communications Coordinator, for a webinar highlighting the messaging recommendations for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act for all CCL volunteers. Flannery provides an overview of the important role of focus and resonance in communicating the five key points behind the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act and where to find all of the supporting resources in CCL Community. For more information about the bill, visit: cclusa.org/energy-innovation act For full access to this lesson's presentation slides and video visit: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/learn/carbon-fee-and-dividend/legislative-updates-media-plan-and-messaging-recommendations/
November 28, 2018
In November 2018, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced in Congress by two Republicans and three Democrats. This historic bipartisan bill would enact carbon fee and dividend into law when passed, and is the result of the hard work and support of thousands of CCL volunteers over many years. Call Outline (skip forward to times listed): The Bill's Background (starts at 1:43), Review of the Bill's Basic Framework (starts at 7:31), Review of Actions & Next Steps (starts at 15:57), Review of Where to Find Resources on Community (starts at 22:22) Mark Wraps up (starts at 30:21). Join CCL's Mark Reynolds, Madeleine Para, and Danny Richter in a webinar that celebrates this achievement, reviews the basic framework of the bill, and highlights what CCL is calling on volunteers to do today, tomorrow, and over the next few weeks to help now that a bill introduced. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 incorporates the most important provisions of carbon fee and dividend: a fee on carbon emissions at the source that starts at $15 per ton and goes up $10 per year, and a full dividend allocated to households. There are also a few provisions that have been added that are not in our proposal. You can get more information on its website: www.energyinnovationact.org As well as on CCL Community at: www.cclusa.org/bill.
November 20, 2018
CCL's Research Coordinator Rick Knight reviews the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5°C.” (or SR1.5). In the presentation Rick reviews three main questions: Why was this report written? What does it tell us that’s new?  How does it inform CCL’s work? For a link to the slides and full video, visit: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/learn/climate-science/ipcc-special-report-1-5-degrees-ccl/
November 17, 2018
Just days after the midterm elections and right before CCL volunteers lobby on Capitol Hill, we talk to Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, about their latest polling on Americans’ views about climate change and solutions like carbon pricing. Dr. Leiserowitz is an expert on public opinion and public engagement with the issues of climate change and the environment. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior.
November 17, 2018
Three American Evangelicals consider faith, theology, and global warming. Kyle Meyaard Schaap, National Organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) and Corina Newsome, YECA steering committee member on the diversity and civic engagement subcommittees, along with Rev. Josh Gibson, pastor of Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church in Sunbury, PA, chat with host, Peterson Toscano about the Bible, stewardship, loving our neighbor, heaven, and earth. Discover how these Evangelicals approach the often political topic of climate change, and learn how to connect with Bible believers, who may not be environmentalists but care very much for what happens to people and to our earthly home.  Art House In response to the question, What Does the Bible Say About Climate Change? Tony Buffusio from the Bronx, NY (a comic creation of Peterson Toscano) tells the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph lives in Egypt during a time of temporary regional shifts in the climate. Not only does he predict changes in weather patterns, he developes a plan of how to look after the people. Peterson is a Bible scholar with a passion for looking after the welfare of people who are affected by extreme weather events. Puzzler Question We hear from Jay Greene in Salisbury, England. She tells us what her faith has to do with climate change.  Since this is such a rich question, we want to keep it open another month.  Louis, someone you know from your faith community asks why are you involved in climate change work. You say, Lots of reasons, but a big part is because of my faith. Louis looks puzzled. He asks, Climate Change? What’s faith got to do with it? So what do you say to Louis? How is climate change connected to your faith or religion or spiritual practice? How is climate change connnected to your faith or religion or spiritual practice? What do you have to add to this topic? Send your answers to Peterson by December 10, 2018. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)  Dig Deeper Here is a listing to the various Bible passages referenced in Ep 30. You can look up these verses at BibleGateway. Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:15, Leviticus 25:4, Pslam 24:1,2, Psalm 104:10-15, Colossians 1:15, Revelation 21, Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 8:19-21 Stopping Climate Change is Part of Following Jesus by Kyle Meyaard-Schaap (Relevant Magazine) YECA resource list of books for Christians interested in learning more about climate change and creation care.  Evangelical Climate Initiative Operation Noah, a Christian charity working with the church to inspire action on climate change The Christian Climate Professor Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Science. (Quartz) Citizens Climate Lobby Faith Outreach   You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio. If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!
November 9, 2018
Are you curious about what to expect about the conference and lobby day? Join hosts ​Taylor ​Krause, CCL's Executive Assistant and Sara Wanous, CCL's Membership Coordinator, for a final walk-through of the who, what, when, where, how and why of the 2018 International Conference & Lobby Day in Washington, DC. If you’re attending for the first time​ this is ​a highly valuable webinar in preparing for what to expect with the schedule, logistics, and final details. CCL's website: https://citizensclimatelobby.org Follow us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobby Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate Youtube: www.cclusa.org/youtube
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