Citizens’ Climate Lobby Glossary

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Glossary

Action Sheet

Monthly document with National Call description and actions and activities for CCL groups to take for that month.

Action Teams

Teams organized by volunteers around specific topics (Oil, Ocean, Agriculture, etc.) that work and strategize on ways to move that area towards supporting fee and dividend. Most action teams usually meet regularly by phone.

Action Tracker

An easy-to-use online application that will log and display the actions CCL supporters are taking every day to build political will for climate action. Can include LTE’s, meetings, TV appearances, radio, tabling, etc.  Displays include CCL actions at the individual, chapter, or state/regional level.


An ask is just what it sounds like, asking a member of Congress to do something you want. CCL’s ask of Congress has been the same since 2009: Introduce or support fee and dividend legislation.

Generally speaking, the Primary Ask for members of Congress focuses on co-sponsoring the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). See also: Making Primary & Supporting Asks


Description of a Member of Congress written by CCLers and available on Community. Includes past voting history, important facts and Member’s stance on CCL policy and climate change.

Carbon Fee and Dividend

CCL’s first policy proposal. Currently, we're advocating for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which is, for the most part, the same as CF&D. CF&D basics are a rising fee on carbon at the source, with all of the revenue returned to households on a per capita basis, and a border adjustment to protect American businesses and encourage other countries to have the same policy. 


Citizens’ Climate Lobby


Citizens' Climate University. CCUs are held Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm ET and offer a more advanced or specialized series of training topics for CCL volunteers. 

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Climate Advocate Training

CCL’s basic training workshop for volunteers and groups just starting out.  Climate Advocate Training Workshops (originally called Group Start Workshops) take place in person and typically launch a new CCL group. Online Climate Advocate Training takes place monthly for new volunteers who register for the training. Both cover our history, methods, legislation and lobby techniques.

Congressional Committees

A legislative sub-group in the US Congress that handles a specific duty or topic such as Energy and Commerce, Intelligence, Natural Resources, etc.


A person is said to be a constituent for a member of Congress if they live in the district represented by the member of Congress.


The CCL volunteer who acts as the primary point of contact between CCL and an Influencer.


Statements from elected officials, businesses, individuals of influence, groups of influence, etc. that state their support for CCL’s fee and dividend policy or support the effort towards a solution on climate change. 


CCL point person located in Washington D.C. who is responsible for delivering hard copy materials to a Congressional office.


People in a position of power or influence at a local level.

Grasstops Engagement Manager

A Chapter Grasstops Engagement Manager (GEM) is the person or persons designated by a Group Leader to lead the chapter’s grasstops outreach. For more information see this training.

Grasstops Engagement Tracker

A contact management system used by CCL volunteers to, (1) avoid duplication of effort and avoid multiple requests to influencers, (2) track relationship progress, and (3) be a repository of secured endorsements

Groups, Teams, Chapters

On CCL Community, the term “Group” serves as an umbrella term for both Teams and Chapters. 

  • “Teams” can be either national Action Teams or local to a Chapter: groups of people who come together with an even more specific purpose than a Chapter (i.e. Grasstops Engagement, Veterans, LGBQT , etc)  
  • “Chapters” refer to the group of people who gather locally and in person organized by a group leader (see below)- usually monthly or more - in their town, city or area to take action together on a regular basis. Outside of CCL Community, people may also use the term "Group" to refer to their local CCL Chapter.

Group Leader

The group leader is the head of a CCL group. There can be more than one per group. They are in charge of coordinating meetings with all members, being the link for the group to headquarters, and providing leadership within the group.

House Ways and Means

The principal tax-writing committee of the US House of Representatives. They have jurisdiction over all taxation, tariff, and revenue-raising measures.

Levers of Political Will

    1. Lobbying Congress
    2. Media relations
    3. Grassroots outreach 
    4. Grasstops engagement 
    5. Chapter & volunteer development

The levers of influence CCL volunteers use to increase political will for a livable world (click here for the webinar). The actions associated with these levers help move people and officials towards an understanding of fee and dividend and encourages them to be active participants in making change happen. When all of the levers are being activated, political will is enhanced.


An individual or organization that has influence in a congressional district or community.

Influencer Letter

Evidence that CCL volunteers have collected that demonstrates an Influencer’s position/opinion on climate change and/or climate action. All endorsements are now being collected directly online the Energy Innovation Act website rather than through paper copies.


CCL point person to a member of Congress (Senate or House), usually a constituent, who is in charge of all interactions with the office including scheduling meetings, sending CCL updates and general information.


Letter to the editor.


Monthly Calling Campaign.

Media Manager

In CCL chapters, the media manager is identified as the point of contact (or several) for your chapter’s media activities. They receive media materials and opportunities (usually no more than one per month) right in your inbox, as well as occasional training tips and extra support from CCL’s Communications staff. For more information see the "Media Managers" section of the CCL Media Basics training.


MoC or MOC

Member of Congress.

Printed on the page “opposite the editorials”, a longer opinion piece than a letter to the editor that expresses the opinion of someone not affiliated with the paper.

Pathway to Paris

CCL’s international initiative that worked to get fee and dividend and a price on carbon into the UNFCCC Paris talks. Joe Robertson heads up and leads coordinated effort to allow stakeholders and ordinary citizens to participate in talks leading up to each year's Conference of Parties. 


REMI or the REMI report is a report from Regional Economic Models, Inc that was released in June of 2014 which detailed the economic, emissions, power generation and demographic impacts of CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal.


Local resolutions are endorsements passed by local governing bodies such as a city or town council or county board of supervisors. When a city, county or state passes a resolution in support of carbon fee and dividend legislation, they are sending a message of endorsement to Congress on behalf of all of their residents.

Senate Finance

Principal tax-writing committee of the US Senate. Deals with issues of taxation and revenue generally, considered one of the most powerful committees in Congress

Supporting Ask

Many members of Congress are not yet ready to introduce or support revenue-neutral carbon taxes. But, getting legislation passed is a complicated process in which lots of smaller things have to happen before we get a law. Every member of Congress may be willing to do one of these smaller things. Supporting asks are therefore very specific asks that start to check off those smaller things, and thus still build towards our primary ask. By breaking up the task into smaller chunks, we create clear steps so every member of Congress can choose to be on the ladder to a livable world.


Any person who is actively engaged in the work of CCL, donates to CCL, and/or is on our mailing list. Volunteers are a subset of the total number of Supporters.

State and Regional Coordinators (SCs and RCs)

The point person for each state or region. Regional Coordinators attend weekly calls and state coordinator are held monthly to be cooperative and cohesive in their actions across our states and regions.

List of regional coordinators and regions.


Setting up a table at an event or in a heavily traveled spot with the purpose of handing out literature and — most importantly — making personal connections that bring people into CCL.


A public meeting of elected officials or candidates for office, typically open to everyone in a community. During town halls, attendees may express opinions and ask questions.


These core values guide our staff and volunteers along the way:

Focus- We are focused on what we see as the single most impactful solution to climate change — a national carbon fee and dividend. We know it will not solve the problem entirely, and appreciate the work that our friends in other groups are doing. So that we can be effective, we do not let ourselves get distracted by work that does not support our core purpose. After we accomplish our goal, we will tackle the next most impactful solution.

Optimism- We believe that people are good, and that democracy works. We are confident that our approach will work because we see progress. We stand for a solution, not in protest of other solutions. We don’t expect perfection from ourselves or others; this is a process and we know that people can improve. Together, we are a community that offers one another comfort, support, and fun as we work.

Relationships- We take the most generous approach to other people as possible — appreciation, gratitude, and respect. We listen, we work to find common values, and we endeavor to understand our own biases. We are honest and firm. We know that there is a place for protest, but our approach is to build consensus — that’s what will bring enduring change. That’s why elected officials and their staff, no matter what their politics, say they are happy to see us — and mean it.

Integrity- We are prepared and do our research. We are always on time for meetings. Our approach is thoughtful & thorough. We consult experts and use data. We are open to new information; in fact we solicit opposing opinions. We refine our solutions to make them better. We follow up when we are asked. We keep on.

Personal Power- We use our voices to be heard. This simple act transforms us from spectators to engaged citizens, and it reveals the true nature of democracy to us. We are volunteer-driven — trusting volunteers to make important decisions, and to create and develop things that will be valued by Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Being Nonpartisan- Our group is open to all who are serious about solving climate change. You are welcome no matter where you live, what you wear, what you do for a living, or who you voted for in the last election. We work with elected officials and community leaders from across the political spectrum because we believe that everyone is a potential ally.

Diversity- We empower everyone in exercising their personal and political power regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, socio-economic factors or political affiliation. We seek out, support, and elevate people whose voices may not have been fully heard. To find out more about CCL's diversity and inclusion trainings, programs, and support, click here.

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