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It seems appropriate at a time of year traditionally known for renewal to get together to consider the possibilities for the coming year. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) believes it has a solution to the problem of climate change. It turns out others believe CCL is onto something also! Please join us to view a new episode of the National Geographic Channel’s TV series Years of Living Dangerously that highlights CCL’s success in energizing congressional members to see the opportunities created when we address climate change. Learn about how CCL has achieved this success. And meet people like yourself involved in making it happen.
For more information about this event, contact Doug Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or Loren Johnson at email@example.com.
Here’s some background about Citizens’ Climate Lobby:
• CCL’s philosophy is that the world does not need one more angry group. For seven years, CCLers have been building respectful long-term relationships with their members of Congress and staff and with local news media. They’ve held literally thousands of face-to-face meetings—and it’s starting to pay off.
• Although they are volunteer-driven and organized by congressional districts, they’re not all amateurs. Their Advisory Board is world-class.
• Last year they grew from 15,000 to 40,000 members.
• The McArthur Foundation gave them a $500,000 grant.
• In the summer of 2015 CCL and Quaker volunteers persuaded 10 (now 15) House Republicans to sign the GIBSON RESOLUTION saying Congress should act on human-caused climate change.
• In early 2016, after three years of effort by local CCL volunteers around the country, CCL persuaded two Florida House members—one Democrat (Ted Deutsch) and one Republican (Carlos Curbelo) to co-chair the CLIMATE SOLUTIONS CAUCUS. The caucus now has 20 House members from FL, NY, PA, CA, IL, OR, CT, MA, VT, NV and MD. They must join in pairs, Noah’s Ark style, one Democrat and one Republican. They are committed to finding a bipartisan climate solution. And, CCL knows that some form of federal carbon fee-and-dividend is almost certainly going to be part of that mix because it can satisfy both parties. It’s hard to overstate the importance of Republicans committing publically to working with Democrats to find a solution.
• In June of 2016, 1,000 CCLers from around the country held small-group meetings in more than 500 congressional offices in Washington, D.C. Two weeks after the November election, 300 CCLers returned to Washington for more targeted follow-up meetings.
• In 2017, they expect members of Congress to introduce CCL’s carbon fee and dividend legislation (CFD) with bipartisan co-sponsors.