Weekly Briefing: Signs Of Hope For Climate
June 1, 2022
CCL's annual conference is kicking off next weekend. We're looking forward to seeing you, whether you're attending in person or following along virtually from home!
As we look at what's going on in Congress right now, we see some hopeful signs for climate action.
- Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and several of his congressional colleagues have been holding talks to gauge bipartisan interest in a climate deal. One policy that has been repeatedly mentioned in these talks is a border carbon adjustment mechanism, which is a key element of CCL’s preferred carbon pricing legislation.
- Key senators like Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer continue to have positive discussions about budget reconciliation, keeping hope alive that the Senate could reach a major agreement on climate policy in this Congress. Conversations between Sen. Manchin and Majority Leader Schumer mean that a climate win has gone from unlikely to possible this year, according to Axios.
- This bipartisan work and climate-focused talks show that there is an appetite for climate legislation in Congress. By lobbying this June, we’re striking while the iron is hot.
Your work as CCL volunteers has helped the climate policy conversation advance as far as it has. Now is the time to give climate action another push!
Give Climate Action A Push!
In other news this week:
• June conference virtual Saturday seminar: If you plan on joining CCL’s June conference virtually, then you can look forward to a virtual inclusion discussion with Dr. Richard Pimentel on June 11! Dr. Pimentel is a speaker, author, veteran, disability advocate, and an acknowledged authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This session will focus on the participation of all populations in the climate movement and will address issues involving persons with disabilities in these efforts. This session will be moderated by Karina Ramírez, CCL’s Diversity & Inclusion Director. You can register for the virtual conference and see the itinerary here.
• Study shows hope for climate success: A recent study published in the journal Nature explores how social and political factors will alter future human emissions. CCL Research Coordinator Dana Nuccitelli analyzed the new study. Read more.
• Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 72: Hear from three young members of the Latter-day Saints Church as they discuss navigating the relationships between faith, politics, and climate solutions. Listen now!
Take action this week
If you have a little time: Watch CCL’s Memorial Day video
Memorial Day is a time when we remember our fallen defenders. As we honor those who gave their lives, watch this message from CCL's Conservative Outreach Director Drew Eyerly, a veteran who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Watch now.
If you have more time: Log EVP and campaign events
As CCL prepares for campaign season, making climate action a major political issue is key. Phone banking and postcarding with the Environmental Voter Project (EVP) to get environmentalists to vote is another priority summer activity that your chapter members can do individually or as a group. Watch for more details in the June Action Sheet in the coming days, and be sure to log all EVP and campaign events that you participate in with the Action Tracker.
Featured Lever This Week
CCI featured in CPLC Leadership Report
Citizens’ Climate International (CCI) was named in The World Bank’s annual report, titled “Carbon Pricing Leadership Report 2021-22.” The CPLC Leadership Report covers the latest developments in carbon legislation, technology, tools, and advocacy.
The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition is described as a “voluntary initiative that brings together leaders from government, business, civil society, and academia to enhance global understanding of carbon pricing as a tool for accelerating and financing effective climate action.”
In this report, CCI is flagged on page 35 for supporting climate income.
“Citizens’ Climate International (CCI) believes countries — and indeed the planet — need carbon pricing that covers all emissions, is administratively coherent and transparent, and puts a steadily intensifying cost on polluters, while enhancing the economic opportunities of households and communities,” the report explains. “This is why CCI supports climate income — the return of revenues to households while carbon fees steadily rise will help ensure that the escalating price signal is felt most directly by polluting industries.”
Joe Robertson, Executive Director of CCI, emphasizes the importance of this recognition.
“This feature is the most visible billing The World Bank has ever given to climate income or carbon fee and dividend,” Joe said. “It will be circulated to all CPLC member organizations and governments, and may also be distributed in print at upcoming events like the Innovate4Climate Summit, World Bank Annual meetings in October, or COP27 in November.”
Read the Full Report
6/2: Lobbying 401: Leading Your Lobby Team (CCU) — This training is designed for those who wish to learn more about leading a lobby meeting with a member of Congress or staff. In this training, we'll review the role of a lobby team leader, how they assign team roles, coordinate practice times and how to handle other special situations. Join us!
6/9: Motivational Interviewing Basics — Join John Sabin, CCL Great Lakes Regional Co-Coordinator, 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 a package of skills to collaborate with anyone, especially. Motivational Interviewing has 30 years of research across many fields and more than 1,000 studies demonstrating its effectiveness. Join us!
Need training on the basics? Catch our next session of Core Volunteer Training, made for newer volunteers:
6/7 : Economics of Carbon Fee & Dividend Policies — Join Robert Archer, a retired US-AID economist and CCL Economic Policy Network co-lead, for a webinar on new ways of thinking about the key components of any carbon fee and dividend policy. Join us!
To see other topics and past trainings, visit the Training Topics page of CCL Community.