Citizens’ Climate Lobby Glossary
Citizens’ Climate Lobby Glossary
Monthly document with National Call description and actions and activities for CCL groups to take for that month.
Teams organized by volunteers around specific topics (Oil, Ocean, Agriculture, etc.) that work and strategize on ways to move that area towards supporting CCL goals and policy objectives. Most action teams usually meet regularly by phone.
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, usually during a lobby meeting. Each year, CCL determines both primary and supporting asks, which can vary depending on the current situation and the party and politics of the member being asked.
The primary ask for members of Congress has often been to co-sponsor fee and dividend legislation. 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.
CCL’s first policy proposal, carbon fee and dividend, calls for a rising fee on carbon content of fuels 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. For the past three Congresses, CCL has supported the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act which contains, for the most part, all the elements of carbon fee and dividend.
Citizens’ Climate International
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.
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.
- For the full list of upcoming trainings, click here to see the CCL Training category in CCL's Events calendar.
- Need training on the basics? Catch our next session of Core Volunteer Training, made for newer volunteers and held Tuesdays at 8:00 pm ET
- To join us via Zoom conference (instructions for how to log on) click the training event page link to find the log-in information as well as the option to RSVP and/or "Add to Calendar."
- You can subscribe to CCL's training channels on iTunes, YouTube, and to CCL's weekly training reminders via email or text.
Climate Advocate Training
Climate Advocate Training is an introduction to CCL for new volunteers and chapter groups, and covers our history, methods, legislation and lobby techniques.
Online Climate Advocate Training takes place monthly for new volunteers who register for the training. and are mainly geared towards preparing new volunteers to join a lobby meeting with their member of Congress . Climate Advocate Training Workshops (originally called Group Start Workshops) take place in person and typically launch a new CCL group
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 a constituent for a member of Congress if they live in the district or state (in the case of a senator) 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 goals and policy objectives 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.
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.
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.
“Chapters” refer to a group of people who gather locally in person- usually monthly or more - in their town, city or area to take action together on a regular basis. Chapters are typically organized by and led by a Group Leader (see below). New chapters must be approved by the Regional Coordinator. Outside of CCL Community, people may also use the term "Group" to refer to their local CCL Chapter.
A Group Leader is the head of a CCL Chapter. There can be more than one Group Leader per chapter. 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.
An prominent individual or organization, such as an elected official, church, important local business, or community leader whose position on or support of action on climate change may influence the views of a member of Congress.
- Lobbying Congress
- Media relations
- Grassroots outreach
- Grasstops engagement
- Chapter & volunteer development
These five core activities are the ways CCL volunteers influence and 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 CCL’s goals and policy objectives and encourage them to be active participants in making change happen. When all of the levers are being activated, political will is enhanced.
A CCL volunteer who is assigned to manage the relationship with a member of Congress (Senate or House) The liaison is usually a constituent and is in charge of all interactions with the office including scheduling meetings, sending CCL updates and providing any requested information.
Letter to the editor.
Monthly Calling Campaign. cclusa.org/mcc
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.
Typically, an op-ed is a longer opinion piece than a letter to the editor from someone not affiliated with the paper. The term derived from historical placement on a page “opposite the editorials,” though that is not necessarily the case now.
Resolutions are endorsements for fee and dividend or other climate action 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 Committee
This is the principal tax-writing committee of the US Senate. It deals with issues of taxation and revenue, and is considered one of the most powerful committees in Congress.
A supporting ask is a request to a member of Congress or their staff given during a lobby meeting. It may concern climate-related legislation other than fee and dividend. Generally a supporting ask follows the primary ask, and may be more acceptable to members of Congress not ready to support fee and dividend.
State and Regional Coordinators (SCs and RCs)
Regional Coordinators (RCs)
Regional Coordinators are the administrators for CCL’s eleven geographic regions. Responsibilities include monitoring chapter development, managing congressional liaisons, holding regular calls with Group Leaders, creating custom groups, and supporting region-wide initiatives. List of regional coordinators and regions.
State Coordinators (SCs)
State coordinators are volunteers that work closely with their regional coordinator to provide support and coordination among the CCL chapters and volunteers in their state. State Coordinators may help with a variety of activities such as identifying MOC liaisons, developing new chapters, training new Group Leaders, or preparing for national conference lobby day.
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.