Weekly Briefing: ‘Grassroots Rising’ This Weekend

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November 1, 2023

Climate change is getting worse, so we're getting better. Let’s level up our climate advocacy THIS weekend at “Grassroots Rising,” CCL’s virtual Fall Conference.

96f11b5c3a0fb4528947c6b3e2ece718-huge-vaWe’ll get started with an Action Team Fair and virtual reception on Friday evening. These are great opportunities to connect (and cut loose a little!) with a community of climate advocates dedicated to the cause just like you.

Here’s a peek inside the incredible program lined up for Saturday:

 Dana’s “Good News for Climate Action” session, which will cover the latest updates on federal climate legislation and how it is paving the way to lower carbon emissions, record clean energy investment, good jobs, and improved infrastructure.

 A tell-all panel of CCL group leaders, where they share how they have overcome challenges and achieved their successes. Audience questions are welcome, and you’ll leave with fresh ideas for your own local chapter.

 How-to breakout sessions, covering every topic from memorable lobby meetings to creative coalition building and more.

And of course, you’ll hear from some exciting guest speakers:

• Author and CNN commentator Van Jones

• Senator John Hickenlooper of Colorado

• CCL’s own former VP of Government Affairs Danny Richter

Fill out your free registration now to get the Zoom links for this weekend right in your inbox.

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In other news this week:

• Study up on primary and secondary asks: Are you ready for lobby week, happening Nov. 6-10? This new blog post reviews what we'll be asking Congress for in our meetings. 

• Understanding what you don't understand: Last week, our Diversity and Inclusion Director, Karina Ramirez, and our Conservative Outreach Director, Drew Eyerly, held a joint conversation to explore political diversity, which you can watch now. “Tonight is about recognizing that our differences are what make us unique and stronger,” Drew says.

• Open positions: CCL is hiring a Senior Development Officer and a Development Coordinator. Please share the job listings with anyone in your network who may be interested.

Take action this week

If you have a little time: Call Congress about the BIG WIRES Act. Since last week, volunteers have placed 1,212 calls to congressional offices, building support for the BIG WIRES Act. Have you made your calls? Use our easy tool to call your representative and senators to ask for their support. We'll hold hundreds of lobby meetings about this bill next week, so now is the perfect time to call.

If you have more time: Attend our biggest-ever info session. We're offering a special CCL Informational Session for new and veteran volunteers who want to better understand CCL’s methods and mission, and how to make a difference on climate legislation. Register for the Fall Virtual Conference and tune in an hour before the kickoff for this special session — on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT.

Featured chapter: CCL Columbus

CCL Columbus is a chapter that is always looking for fresh ideas to create the political will for a livable world. Recently the chapter collaborated with a local muralist, Blain Studio, and a local art college to design and create a piece of art to support climate action, pictured above and posted on the chapter’s Instagram profile

“The mural is located in the heart of downtown Columbus on the Columbus College of Art and Design campus,” explains Donny Murray, a chapter leader. “A good friend of mine works at the college and the muralist is also an alumnus; it was an easy pitch once we got through the door.”

The mural is on a building in a high-traffic location, reaching lots of Ohioans every day with its message and the CCL logo. “We plan to share a picture of the mural during our November lobby meeting to show support for climate action in the district,” Donny says.

Beautiful work, CCL Columbus!

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Upcoming trainings

11/2: Leading a Lobby Team - This training will 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!

11/9: CCL 2023 Fall Conference Highlights - Relive the conference magic or catch up on the highlights with CCL Vice President of Programs Brett Cease. We'll review short clips of the favorite moments, and you can bring your own suggestions to add to the party!  Join us!

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

11/7: Economics of Carbon Fee & Dividend Policies - Join CCLer and economist Paul Bernstein to learn the three key elements of carbon fee and dividend policies like the Energy Innovation Act. Join us!

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

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