Jan 2019 Monthly Meeting with Amanda Ripley (Audio)

January 12, 2019

Joining our January 2019 is Amanda Ripley, a reporter who practices “solutions journalism” that digs below oversimplified narratives to get to the deeper truths about people and society. In the process, she has come across a way to address conflict that results in a more satisfying outcome: Complicate the narrative.

As we engage in the difficult conversations needed to arrive at solutions to preserve a livable world, Amanda offers the tools to disrupt the intractable conflict that impedes our progress. Amanda has written for The Atlantic, Time magazine, Slate and the Wall Street Journal and is the author of The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way.

Mark introduces Amanda: 3:14

Amanda's presentation: 8:34

Q&A from audience: 18:15

January monthly actions: 29:57

You can download this month's CCL Action Sheet at www.cclusa.org/actionsheet



CCU: Tabling Updates On The Energy Innovation Act (Audio)

January 11, 2019

What are groups doing to table now that the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act is out?

Join CCL Third Coast Regional Coordinator Susan Adams and CCL’s Special Projects Coordinator Taylor Krause for a webinar that reviews the updated materials available to help enhance your group’s tabling events as well as highlight guidelines on effective communications about the Energy Innovation Act legislation to the general public while you're out and active.

Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/tabling-updates-ccu


CCU: Climate Geopolitics- Making the Future We Want (Audio)

January 4, 2019

Curious about Citizens' Climate Lobby’s Presence at COP24, the recent international climate negotiations in Poland?

Join CCL’s Global Strategies Director Joe Robertson for a webinar updating listeners to the network of initiatives CCL is involved in throughout the larger international climate policymaking community and their strategic importance.

The webinar addresses how international climate negotiations work, where CCL is involved in the international dialogue, and the main practical connections to U.S. national law.

To skip ahead to a specific section:
1. The Structure of Climate Geopolitics (3:42)
2. What is at Stake (10:35)
3. Who is Involved? (14:12)
4. Climate Smart Finance (19:46)
5. What’s Next? (28:40)

To view the slides used in this presentation at: http://cclusa.org/climate-geopolitics-ccu


CCU: Canada’s Emerging Carbon Fee & Dividend Framework (Audio)

December 21, 2018

Curious about how Canada’s Federal Carbon Pricing programcompares with the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act?

Join Dr. David Maenz for an overview of Canada’s emerging climate action plan, a mixture of federal and provincial initiatives with carbon pricing in place across the country.

Dr. Maenz reviews the Pan-Canadian framework’s policy details in the context of the larger global efforts within the core objectives of the Paris Agreement as well as how this federal backstop policy compares with the recent Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act.

Dr. Maenz highlights research from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, The Pembina Institute, and Clean Prosperity in his presentation.

Have an additional question? Post it here on the CCL Canada Forum for Dr. Maenz to respond.


CCL: The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act Introduced in the Senate!

December 19, 2018

On December 19, 2018, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced into the Senate by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Join CCL's Mark Reynolds, Madeleine Para, and Danny Richter in a webinar that celebrates this achievement, reviews the basic framework of the bill, and highlights what CCL is calling on volunteers to do today, tomorrow, and over the next few weeks to help now that a bill introduced.

Outline (skip forward to times listed): The Bill's Background (starts at 0:30), Review of the Bill's Basic Framework (starts at 2:45),  Review of Actions & Next Steps (starts at 11:55), Mark Wraps up with Rep. Delaney speech (starts at 16:55).

This historic bipartisan bill would enact carbon fee and dividend into law when passed, and is the result of the hard work and support of thousands of CCL volunteers over many years.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 incorporates the most important provisions of carbon fee and dividend: a fee on carbon emissions at the source that starts at $15 per ton and goes up $10 per year, and a full dividend allocated to households. There are also a few provisions that have been added that are not in our proposal.

For Full Details, visit: cclusa.org/bill


Ep 31 Dr Katharine Hayhoe and Dr Jeffrey Bennett

December 15, 2018

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist, a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She is also a brilliant climate communicator and the host of the Global Weirding web series. She chats with show host, Peterson Toscano, about what has changed since she her famous address at the 2015 Citizens Climate International Conference. There is no more speculation; climate change is here. She talks about the many ways people are adapting, and she provides excellent climate communication tips. Dr. Hayhoe also reveals where she finds hope in these troubling times. 

The Art House

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett and illustrator Roberta Collier-Morales created the whimsical and moving illustrated children's book, The Wizard Who Saved the World. While most of his Dr. Bennett's Max the Dog books are about space travel, Jeff felt it was time to write about what was happening on earth with global warming. Not only did he need to tap into deep emotions, he had to find a new illustrator who could capture the story of Diego, a boy suddenly alarmed by climate change and motivated to do something about it. To create the vibrant images about Diego's inner and outer world, Roberta Collier-Morales drew on her own childhood struggles with dyslexia and the role imagination played in her young life.

Puzzler Question

Listener Sherri Michalovic answers the question, What does your faith have to do with climate change? She makes connections to a changing climate, asthma among children in her city, and the mandate she feels as a Christian to love her neighbor. 

New Puzzler Question

You are part of a group that pursues bi-partisan economic solutions to address climate change. One of your co-workers, Janet is a Progressive Liberal who also wants to see us do something about climate change. But she is pushing back against your ideas. She says, “Right now I don’t trust any plan that has Conservatives involved. How do I know this is not some group that is  lying, greenwashing, and is an enemy of environmental justice?”

Janet has fears and doubts that need to be addressed. How would you respond?

Send your answers to Peterson by January 15, 2019. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from.

You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) 

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CCL: Legislation Details & Textual Analysis on the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (Audio)

December 14, 2018


Audio Only: Join CCL’s Vice President of Government Affairs Dr. Danny Richter for a webinar that dives deeper into the text of the monumental Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act for all CCL volunteers.

The webinar will begin with a quick review of updates with the legislation, and then delve into the actual bill text via the section-by-section analysis, as Dr. Richter walks through the language and backstory the same way CCL's DC office presented the bill architecture with Congressional offices.

Skip ahead for a specific section's analysis:
Section 1: Legislation Background (2:30)
Section 2: Findings & Context (5:11)
Section 3: Carbon Dividends & Components (6:13)
Section 4: Carbon Dividend Trust Fund (20:54)
Sections 6 & 7: National Academy Review & Biomass Study (29:15)
Section 8: Adjustments to Duplicative GHG Regulations (30:53)
Section 11: No Preemption of State Law (37:42)

Dec 2018 Monthly Meeting with Per Espen Stoknes

December 8, 2018

On CCL's December call, Executive Director Mark Reynolds reviews all of the significant actions that CCL groups across the country have done since the historic Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act was introduced.

We are also joined by Per Espen Stoknes, a Norwegian psychologist and politician for the Green Party who served as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway.

He weaves together psychology and economics in imaginative ways, often revolving around our human relationships to the natural world and to each other. He is the author of the book, What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming. Stoknes posits that people have five inner defenses that stop people from engaging on climate change, and he offers ways to "flip" those defenses.

You can download this month's CCL Action Sheet at cclusa.org/actionsheet


CCL Local Actions To Take On The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

December 7, 2018

Join Citizens' Climate Lobby’s Vice President of Programs Madeleine Para, CCL Action Coordinator Todd Elvins and CCL Southeast Regional Director Don Addu for a webinar highlighting the actions volunteers can take across all five levers of political will to generate support for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act.

Video outline and sections:
3:26 - Don compares the focus for location action in 2018 & 2019
5:33 - Madeleine highlights actions with Congress and Lobbying
11:26 - Madeleine highlights actions with generating media
16:20 - Todd highlights grasstops engagement and endorsing actions
30:27 - Don reviews grassroots outreach plans and opportunities
36:48 - Don reviews chapter organizing plans
40:39 - Madeleine role models communicating with others that might respond with criticism
48:40 - closing contact information and inspirational Rep. Deutch quote


You can get more information on its website: www.energyinnovationact.org

As well as on CCL Community at: www.cclusa.org/bill


CCU: Conservative Outreach Updates & Suggestions On The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

December 5, 2018

Join Citizens' Climate Lobby's Conservative Director Jim Tolbert for a webinar on outreach updates with conservatives and eco-right organizations regarding The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act.

Jim will review conservative messaging on climate change and how it relates to the new legislation. Jim will highlight the conservative support aligning with the bill as well as the Act’s five key messages and underlying components, connecting each to how the bill aligns with conservative values.

You can get more information on its website: www.energyinnovationact.org

As well as on CCL Community at: www.cclusa.org/bill