Weekly Briefing: We're Lobbying Next Week To Show Support For Carbon Pricing
March 17, 2021
Next week, CCL volunteers will head into meetings with hundreds of members of Congress. Our primary goal in these lobby meetings is to demonstrate support for carbon pricing so that this essential tool is included in legislation that Congress will consider this year.
In a new recorded message for volunteers, CCL VP for Government Affairs Danny Richter said, "We're still not sure that a carbon price will be included in [President] Biden's climate package at all. Of course, we'd really like to see that, and so the primary asks are all geared toward showing as much support for a carbon price, especially fees and taxes, as we possibly can.”
During a special lobby training earlier this month, Danny reviewed the primary and supporting asks that volunteers will take into next week’s meetings. To help with our lobbying pitch, one-page handouts — “Carbon Pricing is Popular” and “Business Statements on Carbon Pricing” — are available on this CCL Community Resources page.
In other news:
More positions at CCL: We’re taking applications for an IT specialist to assist users throughout the organization and a Human Resources Director for Citizens’ Climate Education/Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Leveraging the voice of business: CCL’s upcoming "Business Advocates for Carbon Pricing" conference — April 13 — provides an opportunity for local business endorsers to get an update on carbon pricing legislation and learn how they can effectively advocate for a price on carbon. Invite endorsers to attend and register here.
Conversations on race: This Saturday, CCL continues its a series of monthly conversations about the intersectionality of race, culture and climate. These conversations will help you gain insights about yourself to build strength as a climate activist. Register here.
“I Am Greta” screening: Celebrate youth voices in the climate movement by watching a documentary about young climate activist Greta Thunberg. Hosted by CCL’s Higher Education team, the event on April 22 includes a short introduction to CCL — Invite your friends! — and the Energy Innovation Act. A discussion will follow the screening. Register here.
Unlock your $3-to-$1 gift match: This is a make or break year for our climate. And now, you can have an even greater impact. Become a CCL monthly Evergreen Donor and your gift will be matched $3-to-$1 for 3 months! Sign up to donate today.
Take action this week
If you have a little time: Share our new video of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sen. Whitehouse, a consistent champion of climate solutions, says in the video, “You've got to be looking at ultimately putting some kind of price on carbon emissions.”
If you have more time: Watch the recording of our March 13 national call with guest speaker Jennifer Burney, a UC San Diego professor who studies how to increase global food security and mitigate climate change.
This week on the CCL blog
No chapter? No problem: Many people concerned about climate change live in rural areas far from existing CCL chapters. Thanks to virtual meetings online, they can now participate with At Large state chapters. Read more.
Success with virtual screening: CCL chapters in Virginia organized a virtual event attended by 300 people. They invited attendees to watch the climate documentary “Kiss the Ground” on their own and then participate in a forum to discuss the role agriculture can play in alleviating climate change. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) was one of the participants. Read more.