Weekly Briefing: Social Media Post Opens The Door For Great Opportunity
March 15, 2023
When Kaye McKleroy saw social media posts about CCL from her friend Jim Ferguson, she was very impressed with our work. She told her friend, James Robert Lilienthal, also called Jim, about CCL.
As Jim was planning his estate, he told Kaye that he cared about the environment and asked her to choose a climate change organization to be a beneficiary of the James R. Lilienthal Revocable Trust. Guess who Kaye selected?
“I picked Citizens’ Climate because I had heard about their work from my friend Jim Ferguson via social media articles,” Kaye explained to the CCL Development Team. “It is the kind of organization that Jim would approve of in that you work on both the national and local levels and rely on devoted volunteers. He wasn't interested in a famous slick group. He was a grassroots sort of guy. He would also have approved of your points of view.”
The gift from Jim’s estate will go a long way toward CCL’s ability to do the important work that we do. You can have a big impact, too! During the month of March, consider becoming a monthly donor with CCL so we can continue to empower volunteers, host informative conferences, and encourage members of Congress to work across the aisle on climate change. Will you follow in Jim’s footsteps and help CCL today?
In other news this week:
• Join us in June: CCL’s June conference will be returning in person this summer, complete with a lobby day on Capitol Hill. Let's fill the halls of Congress and show lawmakers we’re as passionate as ever about climate legislation.
• Attend a regional event: CCL’s state and regional conferences have successfully continued, but there are still a few regional and state conferences left! Coming up over the next few weeks are the Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, the Texas State Legislature Lobby Day, and the California Conference.
• Conservatives sound off in media: A couple of conservative CCLers have recently gotten opinion editorials published about conservative action on climate. Sylvia Neely, co-leader of the State College chapter of CCL, and Bruce Morlan, Minnesota State Coordinator, wrote op-eds about the important role that conservatives play in finding a solution to climate change.
• A lot to say on climate: We’re super passionate about climate advocacy, and we could talk about it all day long. Like and share this meme about our enthusiasm for environmental policy.
• Diversity and inclusion crucial to outreach: Danielle Whyte explains that a crucial component of recruiting and retaining new volunteers is making sure they feel welcome and included.
• Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Clark-Phelps: This month’s Volunteer Spotlight shines the light on CCLer Bob Clark-Phelps, a former Scout with a love of the outdoors.
Take action this week
If you have a little time: Share this meme on CCL’s Instagram
We’re super passionate about climate advocacy, and we could talk about it all day long. Like and share this meme about our enthusiasm for environmental policy.
If you have more time: Watch the recording of the March national call
Couldn’t make it to our March national call this past weekend? The recording is now available on CCL’s YouTube channel. Watch now to learn about how the Evangelical Environmental Network aims to bridge the partisan divide on climate, and hear what you and your chapter can be working on this month.
Featured Chapter This Week
The California Orange County South Chapter of CCL is hard at work growing healthy forests in the Golden State.
“We are planting a tree in San Juan Capistrano on Earth Day and six native trees in San Clemente on Arbor Day,” says chapter leaders Larry Kramer and Karl Reitz. “We are marching as CCE in the Swallows Day Parade on March 25, and we are tabling at the San Clemente Garden Festival on April 15.”
Larry and Karl share that more people than ever are stepping up to take action, and they’re looking at working alongside other nearby chapters. But for now, the chapter is working hard on urban forests.
“We are working to make San Clemente a part of Tree City USA. We have a monthly feature column in one local newspaper and are working to broaden that to three or more,” say Larry and Karl. “We are primarily emphasizing the urban forest aspect in the planting of local trees and using the other three policy areas in our featured newspaper articles.” Great work, California Orange County South!
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3/16: Reviewing CCL's Presentation Slide Decks — Want to give a climate presentation and not sure where to start? Join CCL's Vice President of Programs, Brett Cease, and other featured CCL leaders for a review of CCL’s presentation resources. Join us!
3/23: Tabling Outreach with CCL's New Materials — 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 of the “Working With Congress” training series, designed to help our more experienced volunteers and citizen lobbyists get ready for our June lobbying meetings. Join us!
Need training on the basics? Catch our next session of Core Volunteer Training, made for newer volunteers:
3/21: Communicating With Progressives — Join CCL Texas State Coordinator and Progressive Outreach Action Team leader Bob Hendricks for a training on Communicating With Progressives regarding putting a price on pollution. Join us!
To see other topics and past trainings, visit the Training Topics page of CCL Community.
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