Weekly Briefing: CCLers Use Media To Make Climate Election Issue

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October 5, 2022

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With the midterm elections just over a month away, CCL volunteers nationwide are working hard to push the issue of climate change in candidates’ platforms and fellow voters’ minds. To date, CCLers have conducted 1,144 nonpartisan election season activities since June, charging ahead toward our national goal of 2,000 by election day on Nov. 8. 

Some of those election season activities have been media placements, such as letters to the editor and news coverage. Volunteers such as Juli Douglass-Gillespie in Wooster, OH, Rick Rappaport from Tucson, AZ, and Isabella Rivera Efimov in Dallas - Fort Worth, TX, have all used the media lever to emphasize climate. 

“Just voting your party line is no guarantee the people you vote for actually care about the effects of climate change on your children, your job, your health and agriculture in this state,” Juli wrote. “If the candidate cares, she/he will have specific statements available online to read.”

You can read more about the latest election media efforts on the CCL blog

Make sure you’re doing everything you can to make climate an election issue. You can check out the Get Loud, Take Action page for more information on actions you can take.

Get Loud, Take Action

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In other news this week: media_lever_icon_color50X50.png

     •     Rep. Deutch retires from Congress: Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) officially submitted his congressional resignation letter on Monday to effectively leave office on Friday. Rep. Deutch was a trailblazer for climate action in Congress and was an ally of CCL. You can thank Rep. Deutch for all of his hard work in this tweet from CCL.  

     •     LTE topics updated: CCL has updated our new letter to the editor topics. These new topics cover events such as the Kigali Amendment, hurricane season, and many more. See them all here and get started writing your own letter. 

     •     Reflecting on a successful Inclusion Conference: CCL held a historic Inclusion Conference last month. You can read all of the highlights here.

     •     Calling all volunteers 50 and older: AARP recently released a survey to gauge the political concerns of Americans 50 and older. This is your chance to tell AARP all about your climate concerns! If you’re 50 or older, you can fill out the AARP survey here.

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If you have a little time: Share this election season meme

This meme perfectly summarizes how we at CCL feel about election season. Remind your friends to register to vote and to make climate an election issue by liking and sharing this meme.

If you have more time: Attend the October national call

Get ready to tune in this Saturday to our October national call at 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET. This month’s guest speakers are Stephen Perkins and Quill Robinson from the American Conservation Coalition. Check out CCL’s tweet for more information, and plan to join the call at cclusa.org/meeting.


Find your CCL chapter | Check out our Action Teams | Browse upcoming events

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Utah CCLers hold climate change forum

On Sept. 26, The Salt Lake Tribune published a piece written by a local environmental policy professional reflecting on a town hall CCL organized.

The civil discussion took place in a library auditorium between Republican Representatives John Curtis and Blake Moore and their Democratic challengers Glen Wright and Rick Jones. 

The politicians answered questions from local high school students, and talked about their personal experiences with climate change. While there were disagreements, the tone remained respectful and appreciative. 

“Some of the candidates thanked the organizers, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, for providing the impetus and opportunity to deepen their knowledge about climate change and potential solutions,” the article read.

Read the Full Story!

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Upcoming Trainings speechbubblequestion_color_50X50.png

10/6: Understanding the IRA’s Methane Charge (Fee): Join CCL Research Coordinator Rick Knight, for an updated training that will explore the IRA’s methane charge (fee) and its design, implementation, and impact on emission reductions and future carbon pricing policy. Join us!

10/10: December 2022 Lobby Training #1: Legislative Plan: Join CCL's Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Pendergrass and Senior Director of Government Affairs Jennifer Tyler to participate in strategizing for the upcoming December lobby meetings. Join us!

Please note: The lobby training on 10/10 is the first of two recommended trainings for any CCL volunteer planning on being a part of their group's December 2022 lobby meeting (as well as the next month's Lobby Training #2: CCL's 2022 Primary & Supporting Asks). This call is taking place as part of the liaison call, and all group leaders and lobby team members are invited to join. This training will take place on Monday (instead of the usual Thursday) and will occur at two times to merge with the current liaison call. 

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

10/11: Understanding Congress Basics: Have a question about the legislative process in Congress? Join CCL Government Affairs Coordinators Jamari Hartley and Hardy Almes to walk through a training that explores the details of the congressional policy-making process, how a bill becomes law, and research from the Congressional Management Foundation on life in Congress for both staff members and our representatives and senators. Join us!

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

Posted by Brett Cease on Oct 6, 2022 1:56 PM America/Los_Angeles

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