Weekly Briefing: CCL’s December 2022 Conference Is This Weekend!

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November 30, 2022

We finally know the results of the midterm election. After months of preparing, CCL’s free, virtual December conference is this weekend! This is your chance to find out what CCL has in store for 2023, and what we’ll be asking Congress for. a5e4c5b22f224c856ae789d349eef691-huge-co

In addition to all of the cool speakers, workshops, and seminars we mentioned in the previous Weekly Briefing, you can also look forward to our virtual Action Team Fair on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET. This fair will include 41 of CCL’s Action Teams, and the opportunity to pop in and learn more about each. Attendees can also check out the conference reception on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. ET. We’ll also have a virtual mixer for students on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. ET.

During the conference, you’ll hear from members of Congress and distinguished speakers, such as Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY20), former U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), high school senior and Group Co-Leader Gigi Santo, Research Manager of Climate Policy at the Niskanen Center Shuting Pomerleau, and many others. 

We have so many fun and informative events planned. Register now and make sure you’ve the skills and information to make an even greater difference in 2023!

Register now!
In other news this week: media_lever_icon_color50X50.png
  • Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 78: In this episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio, host Peterson Toscano considers stories that focus on the impacts of climate change. Listen now!
  • An attitude of gratitude: Thanksgiving may be over, but we still have plenty to be thankful for. Check out CCL’s new “With Gratitude” blog series, highlighting the accomplishments of CCLers throughout 2022. You can find the first installment of this series here.
  • Our December national call: This month’s national call guest speaker is Marcelo Mena, CEO of Global Methane Hube, which supports methane emissions reduction efforts around the world. Like and share the tweet about our Dec. 10 monthly call here.
  • Conservatives and COP27: Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) was one of the conservatives at COP27. He shares the approach that conservatives are taking to fight climate change with NPR. Check out CCL’s tweet for more information.
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Dr. Natasha DeJarnett recently stepped down as the CCE Board Chair to accept a year-long White House fellowship. 

"I am pleased to share with you that I have accepted the fellowship and will become the Deputy Director for Environmental Justice Data and Evaluation in the White House Council on Environmental Quality. It’s a one-year remote fellowship and starts on November 21st,” Dr. DeJarnett explained to the board. 

Dr. DeJarnett will be taking a one-year leave of absence from the University of Louisville. You can wish her well in this tweet.

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If you have a little time: Help us reach our fundraising goal! 3c8793df3ab7c94e247fe19d7d305806-huge-ye

When we announced that we had a $350,000 dollar-for-dollar gift match for Giving Tuesday, we were optimistic that CCLers could help us take advantage of this $700,000 opportunity to power our grassroots climate movement. And CCLers stepped up to the plate in a big way: we are happy to report that we exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal of $350,000, bringing in a total of $451,503! We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who pitched in. Thank you so much! The challenge is not quite over yet, as we need to reach our overall goal of $1.5 million by Dec. 31. Donations received now through the end of the year will allow us to recruit, train, and empower even more citizen lobbyists in 2023, positioning us to achieve more impactful climate victories. If you haven’t had a chance to give yet, or if you are in a position to give again, please make a year-end donation today

If you have more time: Work with your chapter members to make sure you all attend informational sessions
Several of our Dec. conference’s informational sessions overlap with each other. This is a great time to make sure that your CCL chapter has members attending each conference session who can ask questions and take notes. Take a look at the conference schedule here, and start planning with your chapter!

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

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CCLers in El Paso presented Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16) with a plaque for her work on the Inflation Reduction Act. Volunteers Bob Niland, nine-year-old Ximena Valdez, and Ian Levy Valdez presented the plaque.

“We talked about HR 2307, HR 4659, IRA, and the COP27 Conference,” wrote Ian, Chairman of the Green Fund Committee and Student Government Association member at the University of Texas in El Paso. “We represent three generations of El Pasoans who care about our climate and are lucky to have a climate champion represent us in Congress. My little sister presented the plaque to her and said, ‘Thank you for what you do to make the world a better place for me.’”

You can see Congresswoman Escobar’s response in the tweet below.

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Upcoming Trainings speechbubblequestion_color_50X50.png31a335f34c3ac15edd9679e2a4d5fa09-huge-tr

  • 12/1: Lobbying 401: Leading Your Lobby Team — 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. This training is Part IV in the “Working With Congress” training series, designed to help our more experienced volunteers and citizen lobbyists get ready for our December lobbying meetings. Join us!   
  • 12/8: Help Your Chapter Take Action With CCL's Policy Agenda — After you learn about CCL’s policy agenda at our December conference, it will be time to select the policies that you will advocate for and decide how you will take action. Join CCL's National Action Director Todd Elvins for a training on how to take action with your chapter using CCL's Take Action worksheet. Join us!    
Need training on the basics? Catch our next session of Core Volunteer Training, made for newer volunteers:
  • 12/6: Communicating With Conservatives — Join Nate Abercrombie, CCL Conservative Outreach Coordinator, for a training on communicating with conservatives about a carbon price. Join us!
To see other topics and past trainings, visit the Training Topics page of CCL Community
Posted by Katie Zakrzewski on Nov 30, 2022 5:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

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