Weekly Briefing: ABC News Highlights Environmental Voter Outreach

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April 24, 2024

One of CCL’s activities during election years is to mobilize people who care about climate and the environment to cast their votes. We do this through postcarding, phone banking, door-to-door canvassing in some locations, and more. Many of these efforts are in partnership with our friends at the nonpartisan Environmental Voter Project (EVP).

d2288a2261164d09d3e8341591bea001-huge-snThis weekend, ABC News aired a segment about this important work. They filmed an EVP canvassing session in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was filled with volunteers from CCL’s Pittsburgh chapter. The news segment highlighted one volunteer in particular: Emily Church, who has been a CCL supporter since 2013.

“The people who prioritize climate and the environment need to show up," Emily told ABC. "The science is very clear — we know what we need to do. It’s just a matter of getting it done.”

Watch and share the segment, which aired on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

If you would like to help mobilize environmental voters, visit CCL’s Election Engagement Action Team to get involved. The team holds weekly phone banks and has already made more than 94,753 dials and had more than 8,700 minutes of conversation with environmental voters in the first three months of this year!

Election Engagement Action Team

In other news this week:

• In case you missed it... Two bills that CCL supports are advancing! The Seedlings for Sustainable Habitat Restoration Act of 2023 was a secondary ask at last year’s June lobby day. The Harnessing Energy At Thermal Sources (HEATS) Act was a part of the primary ask at our Conservative Lobby Day last month. Both bills passed the House Committee on Natural Resources last week.

• Green 2.0 spotlights CCL: Green 2.0 is an organization focused on diversity in the environmental movement. They are currently featuring CCL’s diversity efforts on their website, detailing our Inclusion Conferences, Diversity & Inclusion fellowships, and more.

• Spreading the word around the world: Citizens’ Climate International is making a splash in the media with this recent opinion piece in The Hill from CCI director Joe Robertson and five publications of their Earth Day op-ed across Africa. Learn more about our international efforts on the CCI website.

Take action this week

If you have a little time: Share our Earth Day social media posts. Monday was Earth Day, and we celebrated on social media with a slate of fun posts. On Instagram, we served up some of our trademark CCL optimism with a meme saying, "The end is far." On Facebook, X, and Threads, we shared photos from Earth Month outreach events all over the country. Like or share those posts, or visit our Spread the Word page for a longer list of recent posts.

If you have more time: Log your climate conversations — and keep talking! So far in April, we've held 16,698 conversations about climate change. We're closing in on our goal of 25,000 conversations this month. In this last week of April, make a special effort to talk to people in your life about climate change. Chat about it at the coffee shop, at your next appointment, with your neighbors — and of course, at any outreach events your chapter might have planned for this weekend! Remember to log the number of conversations you’ve had.

Featured chapter: CCL Iowa City

CCL Iowa City is firing on all cylinders — grassroots outreach, lobbying, local media, and more. 

Throughout the past year, the chapter has been dramatically ramping up their grassroots outreach efforts, and members have participated in several tabling events since Fall 2023. They have more tabling scheduled in the coming weeks, as well as a climate science demonstration at a local elementary school. 

The group made a strong showing at an August 2023 town hall with Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-01), pictured above. In addition to this, longtime chapter member Peter Rolnick has successfully set up meetings with Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst. 

Chapter leader Eric Johnson has also recently appeared on local radio, where he spoke about climate solutions and how Iowans can advocate for them in their own communities. Whenever he has the opportunity, Eric also loves to show new members his new Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck — an electric vehicle that embodies the powerful clean energy future we’re headed toward. Keep it up, CCL Iowa City!

Have you logged your recent activities in the Action Tracker? Tell us what your chapter has been up to lately.

Action Tracker Today’s featured chapter story was written by CCL intern Kieran Ruder.

Upcoming trainings

4/25: New Research on a Post-IRA Carbon Price - The Inflation Reduction Act has changed the climate policy and clean technology landscape in the United States. A new report has been published to outline the emissions-reducing potential of several climate policies in a post-IRA world, including carbon pricing. CCL Research Coordinator Dana Nuccitelli will walk attendees through this important new research. Join us!

4/30: Climate Science and Health AMA with Lisa Patel, MD - For this installment of our quarterly “Ask Me Anything” series, CCL Research Coordinator Dana Nuccitelli will be joined by Dr. Lisa Patel, Executive Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health from the Stanford School of Medicine. A mom of two young children, Dr. Patel's climate advocacy is deeply rooted in a desire to create a healthier and more equitable future. Join us!

5/2: Lobbying Basics: Transformative Power of Constituent Advocacy - This training is part of the “Working With Congress” training series, designed to get you ready for lobby meetings. Learn about citizen advocacy and hear stories from other volunteers about their meaningful, long-term relationships with their congressional office. Join us!

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

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