Weekly Briefing: CCL Makes Over 10k Contacts To Congress During BBB Negotiations

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January 12, 2022

Since last week’s Weekly Briefing, CCL volunteers rallied at the call to action, smashing the goal of 10,000 contacts to Congress. Currently, CCL volunteers have made 11,808 contacts to the President and to the Senate. Now we’re reaching for the next big milestone: 15,000 contacts.

While Congress is currently focused on voting rights to begin the midterm year, they are continuing to plan their next steps on Build Back Better. That is why this period of time is so valuable for calling and emailing to elevate climate as a priority, explains CCL Strategy Director Tony Sirna. Learn more in Tony’s CCL Community post here.

Keep up the great work, and continue to let Congress know that you are concerned about climate!

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  • January 6 statement: Last week marked the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The events of that day ran counter to the core values that we believe in: appreciation and gratitude for one another, respectful relationships with elected leaders, and faith in the institutions of our democracy. You can read CCL’s full statement here.
  • Beef up communication skills: One way to work on respectful and productive communication is through attending a Braver Angels workshop. This workshop on Jan. 30 is produced by California CCLers, but welcomes attendees from coast to coast to learn effective ways to discuss climate change in a challenging time. For more information, click here.
  • CCL’s Conservative Conference: CCL’s Conservative Conference is set to be in person in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 29 and 30. Attendees will get to rub elbows with Republican members of Congress and the best of the eco-right as we discuss the opportunities provided by conservative climate action. More information can be found here

Thank you for helping us meet our goal!

We are thrilled to report: we have exceeded our year-end fundraising goal of $1.5 million, a record-breaking milestone for Citizens’ Climate! We are blown away by the continued outpouring of support from our supporters and volunteers, who collectively brought in $1,580,672. Your contributions mean we are able to ramp up our grassroots advocacy and outreach in this critical moment for climate, and we couldn’t be more grateful. 

One of our donors from this campaign said recently: “In a world where people are looking for answers, Citizens’ Climate offers solutions — meaningful, practical solutions — and guidance on how to pursue them.” 

Didn’t have the opportunity to make a contribution during the campaign? You can still make a donation today!


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If you have a little time: Like and share this tweet from Sen. Hickenlooper

Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO) tweeted on Tuesday about the importance of a carbon price. "If we want to reduce carbon emissions, combat climate change, and incentivize innovation, we must put a price on carbon," he said. You can like and share that tweet here.

If you have more time: Watch the January national call

Watch the recording of our Jan. national meeting featuring guest speaker José Aguto. José is the executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant, which helps U.S. Catholics respond to the Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor. For more information, click here. Additionally, incoming Executive Director Madeleine Para announced plans for CCL’s June lobby meetings to be in person in D.C. Details to come. 

You can also connect with your nearest CCL chapter to take action in your community, or join one of CCL’s national online Action Teams to take action on specific topics like agriculture, health, faith, and more. 
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12-year-old Maine volunteer gets LTE published

Most middle-schoolers are concerned with the latest video game or boy band, but 12-year-old CCL volunteer Thea Dugas is worried about climate change. 

Thea, from Maine, recently saw her letter to the editor published in Portland Press Herald, in which she made the case for effective climate action.

Thea writes, “When you read this, are you going to take a few notes and put it aside, or are you going to research actions everyday people like you can take?” 

Thea encourages readers to join CCL and push for a carbon price.

Read and Share Thea's LTE


Upcoming Trainings speechbubblequestion_color_50X50.png

1/13: Reviewing the Suite of State-Level Climate Impact Tools — Join CCL Research Coordinator Jerry Hinkle for a review of climate impact and policy tools available to CCL volunteers. Join us! 

1/16: “Don’t Look Up" Discussion: Join CCL D.C. chapter co-lead Debbie Chang and Resilience Building Action Team leaders for an hour of discussing the new Netflix film "Don't Look Up," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and a long A-list cast. Join us!

1/20: Understanding Methane Fees — Join CCL Research Coordinator Rick Knight for training that will explore the various ways that a methane fee as part of the Build Back Better might be designed and implemented. Join us!

Need training on the basics? Catch our next session of Core Volunteer Training, made for newer volunteers:

1/18: 7 Steps For Media Actions — Join CCL's State and Local Media Coordinator Charlotte Ward for a training on how to jump start media work in your chapter. Join us!

To see other topics and past trainings, visit the Training Topics page of CCL Community

Posted by Brett Cease on Jan 12, 2022 3:16 PM America/Los_Angeles

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