Weekly Briefing: Climate wins featured in State of the Union address

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February 8, 2023

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In last night’s State of the Union address, President Biden highlighted the bipartisan climate victories achieved within the last year. The president began by emphasizing the importance of the climate provisions included in the Inflation Reduction Act. 

"The Inflation Reduction Act is also the most significant investment ever in [addressing] climate change," Biden said. "Lowering utility bills, creating American jobs [and] leading the world to a clean energy future."

The president also took a moment to highlight the CHIPS Act, as well as the Science Act, two laws designed to give the United States a competitive scientific and technological edge while boosting job opportunities. President Biden then focused on the need for collaboration to tackle climate change.

"The climate crisis doesn't care if you're in a red or blue state. It's an existential threat," said Biden. "I'm proud of how America, at last, is stepping up to the challenge."

You can like and share our tweet about the State of the Union below.


In other news this week: media_lever_icon_color50X50.png
  • Join our LTE party: Join us on Feb. 14 for a letter to the editor writing party! These events take place over Zoom, and they’re designed to give you the time and help needed to write a letter to the editor about climate in your area. 
  • CCLer interview on NPR: A CCLer and graduate student, Megan Quinn, recently gave CCL a shout-out in an interview with NPR Arizona. She said joining Citizens’ Climate Lobby showed her “how a group of people can move things at a lot faster pace and take a lot more action together, versus me as just an individual.” 
  • Check out our Groundhog Day meme: Check out this meme on CCL’s Instagram, which features one wise groundhog offering some encouragement for fighting climate change!
  • Agriculture and Forestry Action Team webinar: Check out this special webinar with the Agriculture and Forestry Action Team on Feb. 14 about agroforestry, featuring several guest speakers from the Savanna Institute. 


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If you have a little time: Share our VolunteerMatch opportunities
Did you know that CCL volunteer opportunities are listed on VolunteerMatch? Search for your city and share the listing to bring new folks into your chapter! If you’ve enjoyed your experience with CCL so far, don’t forget to leave us a review.

If you have a little time: Like and share this tweet about EVs in Super Bowl commercials
Several companies who will be advertised in the Super Bowl this Sunday have confirmed that their commercials will feature electric vehicles, ushering in electrification to the mainstream. Like and share this tweet.

If you have more time: Join our February national call
Joining this month's meeting is Doria Brown, a social media influencer known as The Earth Stewardess on TikTok (72,000 followers) and Instagram (22,500 followers). Her social media posts focus on energy science, sustainability, and science communication. Doria will speak with us about how she reaches a wide audience with her short, creative videos. National calls are also a great opportunity for CCL chapters to watch and learn together. See if your local chapter is watching the call as well. Join us!
Featured Chapter This Week ccl_wrench_color50X50.png50bbb1d3a8dd0e0041b50ed007291a01-huge-ro

Silicon Valley does a lot more than tech — it's also rocking the climate advocacy game! "We are a small chapter in Silicon Valley with dedicated and energetic members," say group leaders Abe Mazliach and Irmgard Flaschka. "Our members work very hard on the success of events like Earth Day tabling, meeting with MOCs, writing LTEs, and working with young members of our community."

Last year, the group lobbied Rep. Ro Khanna in support of the climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. Now, Abe and Irmgard say, "We are writing LTEs, lobbying our representatives, and beginning projects on CCL's new policy directions." Awesome job, CCL Silicon Valley East!

Check out your chapter on CCL Community's Action Tracker and share what you've been doing.



Upcoming Trainings speechbubblequestion_color_50X50.png6d62ca36d3cb3a30362f4ec72981fa55-huge-tr

2/9: Hosting A Film Screening Update — Join CCL staff for a training that will unveil the updated Film Screening Guide resource and walk through how CCL chapters have used screenings to attract their community for discussions on climate and clean energy solutions. Join us!    

2/16: Focusing Grasstops Outreach — Join CCL's Action and Endorsement Coordinator Sabrina Butcher to learn to identify and recruit allies in our communities. This presentation will give you the tools needed to work with fellow group members to contact important allies. Join us!    

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

2/14: Grassroots Outreach Basics — Join Dave Cain, CCL Presenters & Schedulers Action Team Leader, and CCL Education & Resilience Coordinator Tamara Staton for a training on grassroots outreach geared at highlighting the bite-sized best practices for tabling and presentations. Join us!    

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

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Posted by Katie Zakrzewski on Feb 8, 2023 4:40 PM America/Los_Angeles

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