Ask Community Leaders to Champion their Support

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As Congress has paused negotiations regarding the budget reconciliation package into 2022, CCL's goal is making sure that strong climate legislation, including a price on carbon remains a political priority. Since local leaders have extra clout, ask your community leaders (endorsers and non-endorsers) to personally email the office of President Biden and identify themselves as a community leader in their email. Local elected officials, business executives and faith leaders can be especially persuasive.

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While we had been focusing on asking community leaders to contact Congress who have already endorsed the EICDA, we are now encouraging you to ask any community leader, regardless of their endorsement status, to contact President Joe Biden. See below for details.

Why is this important now?

While the budget reconciliation package is paused, our focus is ensuring that climate remains a political priority. You can help to increase President Biden's support for carbon pricing by having your local elected officials, business executives, and faith leaders personally email the White House.

Working with other volunteers in your chapter, set a goal for President Biden's office to receive 3-5 calls per week from your community leaders. This will help to keep carbon pricing in the minds of President Biden and White House Staff, amidst all the other things they must pay attention to. 

Who should you reach out to?

The community leaders you know! Especially community leaders you know who, (1) are concerned about climate change, (2) are directly affected by climate change, or (3) are particularly influential in your state or region. Community leaders who have endorsed climate policy for you in the past are terrific.  Here are some ideas for who to prioritize:

  • Your local elected officials including state legislators, county commissioners and city council members 
  • Your local business owners and company executives, especially large employers
  • Your local faith leaders
  • Your local economists 
What should you say when you talk to your community leader?

Here's a template email you can use to reach out to your community leader, which includes an example follow-up email template. 

How should your community leader contact President Biden?

Your community leaders can personally reach the Biden's office in one of the following ways:

  1. Use CCL's contact tool at https://cclusa.org/action 
  2. Use the White House contact form at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ 
  3. Or, if your community leader prefer to call, they can call at 202-456-1111
What should your community leader say in their email?

In the email, or during the call, your community leader should start by identifying their role in the community, then asking Biden to keep his promise. Here’s an example:

Hi, my name is XXX. I’m a business owner in southeast Michigan, and I’m calling to urge President Biden to keep his promise of reducing carbon emissions by 50% of 2005 levels by 2030.

If your community leader is pressed for time, emailing is better than calling.

How else can community leaders show their support?
  • Post their support on their own social media tagging President Biden and using the hash tag #PriceOnCarbon
  • Write an op-ed or co-write an op-ed with you or your chapter
  • Write a personal or open letter to President Biden
How can I highlight my community leaders' support to inspire others?
  • Write a post on CCL Community’s forums 
  • Post it in your own social media tagging your community leaders and President Biden, then use the hashtag #PriceOnCarbon
  • Write an LTE that cites something climate-related in the news and your community leader's support of carbon pricing as the best first step to reducing carbon emissions 50% by 2030.
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Intro & Agenda
(from beginning)

Why now? Which community leaders?
(2:17)

How to contact the president? What they should say?
(6:51)

Success Stories
(9:51)

How else to highlight support?
(18:41)

Instructor(s)
  • Sabrina Butcher
  • Emily Koester
  • Joanne Leovy
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Intro & Agenda
(from beginning)

Why now? Which community leaders?
(2:17)

How to contact the president? What they should say?
(6:51)

Success Stories
(9:51)

How else to highlight support?
(18:41)

Instructor(s)
  • Sabrina Butcher
  • Emily Koester
  • Joanne Leovy

 

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