Citizens Climate Radio Ep 10 Aaron Thier Global Warming Storyteller

March 27, 2017

Storytelling is a vital skill to have when talking about climate change. In this episode podcst host, Peterson Toscano, introduces you to Aaron Thier, a master storyteller. In his book Mr. Eternity, novelist Aaron Thier takes readers on a 1,000 year odyssey. The main character calls himself Daniel Defoe. We never learn his real name. Old Dan can't seem to die. Five different narrators in five different periods from 1500 to 2500 bump into this traveler. The book is brilliant, hilarious, deeply moving, weird. It is essential reading for climate advocates. Learn why Aaron wrote the book and the challenges novelists face when telling climate stories. Aaron also reads extended excerpts from the book. 

Art House

Joining us in the Art House is Clara Fang. Clara is a writer, environmentalist, and a photographer currently based in Detroit, Michigan. She is also the higher education liaison at Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  

Her poems have been published in numerous journals. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She won The Lyric poetry contest, and was a finalist for the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award.  Clara was born in Shanghai, China and immigrated to the United States when she was nine years old. She reads the poem, Love in the Time of Climate Change

Puzzler

We feature two excellent answers to Crusty Ole Charlie's complaint that we can't "play nice" when dealing with business and government. 

New Puzzler Question

Believe it or not many people are not all that concerned about animal extinction or the plight of future generations. For them there needs to be another climate hook--one that is closer to home. So here is your question: Besides the welfare of animal species and future generations, why are you passionate about climate change?

Send Peterson your answers. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from.

Get back to him by April, 15, 2017. You can email your answers to radio@citizensclimate.org or  leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 570.483.8194. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) 

Dig Deeper

You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunesStitcher RadioPodbean, and now on Northern Spirit Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio.

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Scheduling Presentations

March 24, 2017

One of the most effective ways to creating the political will for climate solutions is through outreach and education. In 2016, 624 CCL volunteers scheduled and gave 1158 presentations for clubs, groups, classes, and other community organizations.

In this lesson, CCL's Proactive Outreach Action Team Leader Todd Elvins not only discusses the process of scheduling a presentation, but also the resources and support available for schedulers.

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Scheduling Presentations

March 24, 2017

One of the most effective ways to creating the political will for climate solutions is through outreach and education. In 2016, 624 CCL volunteers scheduled and gave 1158 presentations for clubs, groups, classes, and other community organizations.

In this lesson, CCL's Proactive Outreach Action Team Leader Todd Elvins not only discusses the process of scheduling a presentation, but also the resources and support available for schedulers.

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March 2017 Meeting with Devashree Saha

March 13, 2017

Devashree Saha will discuss the decoupling of decarbonization and the economy, and how carbon emissions are declining despite a growing economy. She is a senior policy associate and associate fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. Her research primarily focuses on the intersection of clean energy and economic development policy, including the transition to a clean energy economy.

Prior to joining Brookings, Saha worked at the National Governors Association, where her work spanned clean energy, transportation, and land use planning issues. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in political science from Purdue University.

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Environmental Justice

March 3, 2017

Environmental Justice places specific demands on the development of climate policy and the forging of political alliances. Regional Coordinator and Climate and Environmental Justice Action Team member David Holmquist reviews the history and principles of the Environmental Justice movement to set these demands in the context of CCL’s work.

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Citizens Climate Radio Ep 9 Rebel and Advocate w/ Eileen Flanagan

February 27, 2017

So much protesting, marching, and disruption happening these days. What are the best ways to get governments to address pollution and the effects of global warming? Eileen Flanagan, a writer, a social change teacher, a Quaker, and an activist, chats with host, Peterson Toscano about the four different roles people have traditionally taken in change movements. Are you a rebel, an advocate, an organizer, or a helper? Maybe a little bit of each. How do these models apply to organizations. Amani Thurman, a college student who has spent time protesting but has begun to do volunteer lobbying weighs in. You will also hear under-reported good news happening with American Conservatives and climate change.

Art House

And now for some climate comedy... Elizabeth Jeremiah, a comic character created by Peterson, talks about blessings and curses. To help drive her point home, she explains how carbon dioxide polluted by humans acts as a generational curse, one that falls upon the heads of the childresn "and the children's children's children." Drawing on lessons she learned in church, Elizabeth Jeremiah issues a call for national repentance. Turn away from that flamboyant, sinful, fossil fuel lifestyle! 

Puzzler

Last month Simon asked, "But is all warming bad? Can't a little global warming be a good thing in colder places?" We hear your answers and present you with a new puzzler question. This one is inspired by a question Charles Ashurst sent in.

You are at meeting with other climate advocates. There are the fresh young faces. There are also the seasoned older faces.  And there's Charlie, a crusty old curmudgeon who's been on the climate change band wagon since the 1970s. You just heard a presentation about the need  build on shared values with lawmakers and leaders in the fossil fuel industry. Charlie blurts out, "Shared values? Really? These are determined folks we're up against. They don't play nice. We are not going to win by playing nice with them." What do you say to crusty old Charlie?

Send in your answers. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from.

Get back to Peterson by March, 15, 2017. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org that’s radio @ citizensclimate.org You can also text or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 570.483.8194. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) That number again is 570.483.8194

Dig Deeper

You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunesStitcher RadioPodbean, and now on Northern Spirit Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio.

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Progressive Messaging

February 24, 2017

Are you struggling to explain Carbon Fee and Dividend or the benefits of market-based solutions with your progressive or left-leaning friends or family? Well, maybe it’s the way its messaged.

Host Carla Wise from CCL’s Progressive Outreach Team will explore some of the theory behind the liberal worldview and summarize key takeaways we can apply in our conversations with those on the left.

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In-district Lobbying (Spring Lobby Drive)

February 22, 2017

CCL’s Senior Outreach Liaison Stephanie Doyle discusses the nuances and benefits of in-district lobbying in the spring of 2017.

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February 2017 Monthly Meeting with Sandy Reisky

February 11, 2017

How do we speed up the transition to clean energy? On our February call we turn to Sandy Reisky, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Apex Clean Energy, which is developing and managing dozens of wind and solar power projects throughout the U.S. Sandy’s companies have developed over $4 billion of wind and solar facilities. He was founder and president of Greenlight Energy, a leading independent wind energy company that was acquired by BP in 2006. Sandy was also the founder of Axio Power, a utility-scale solar developer; Columbia Power Technologies, a pioneer in wave energy technology; and Greenlight Biofuels, a waste-to-energy company.

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Conservative Messaging Workshop

February 7, 2017

This workshop-style lesson with CCL's Conservative Outreach Coordinator Peter Bryn aims to help volunteers develop their introduction and talking points that resonate with conservative audiences. 

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