Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Pastor Franklin Ruff | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | April 21 Monthly Meeting

Pastor Franklin Ruff | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | April 21 Monthly Meeting

April 10, 2021

At a time when distrust and animosity between our political parties appear to be at an all-time high, we need to take a step back and find ways to work together so we can solve the big problems facing our nation. We hear this month from Rev. Franklin Ruff, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stillwell, Kansas, and past president of American Baptist Churches of the Central Region. He is also the Red Co-Chair of the Braver Angels Kansas City Alliance. Rev. Ruff is a conservative who says, “One of the things we can do to make [our country] better is look and see the humanity of others and to be humble.” He’ll talk about how to bridge differences and listen to each other to find common ground.

Dr. Jennifer Burney | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | March 2021 Monthly Meeting

Dr. Jennifer Burney | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | March 2021 Monthly Meeting

March 13, 2021

We often say, "Listen to the scientists and create policies based on the science." This month we hear from Jennifer Burney, Associate Professor, Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair of Climate Policy and Research at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change. She designs, implements, and evaluates technologies for poverty alleviation and agricultural adaptation.

Skip ahead to the following sections:
(0:00​) Introductions
(2:42​) Dr. Burney's Presentation
(22:46​) Questions From Attendees
(29:45) Tribute to Sec. Shultz
(​35:25) March's Monthly Actions
(39:51​) Fundraiser Video

Helpful Links: 
Dr. Jennifer Burney's Research Page: https://gps.ucsd.edu/faculty-directory/jennifer-burney.html 
Dr. Burney's Presentation Slides: https://community.citizensclimate.org/content/contents/training/CCL-Monthly-Meeting-March-2021-Slides.pdf 

March Fundraiser: https://cclusa.org/donate-to-ccl 
March Monthly Action Sheet: https://cclusa.org/actionsheet​ 
Primary Ask (Leave-Behind): https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/237 
March Lobby Days Training on Primary and Supporting Asks:  https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/185 
CCL's March Pre-Call Video: https://vimeo.com/522668129 

Diane Randall | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | February 2021 Monthly Meeting

Diane Randall | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | February 2021 Monthly Meeting

February 13, 2021

CCL works closely with a number of organizations that support carbon pricing. One of those is the Friends Committee on National Legislation, which encourages and supports members to engage with lawmakers on peace and justice issues. Joining us is Diane Randall, General Secretary of FCNL, who leads their staff to educate and lobby for policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL's General Committee. Diane has led FCNL’s program expansion, including adding lobbyists and new programs to engage grassroots citizens, young adults and more Quakers to lobby for peace, justice and a sustainable planet.

Skip ahead to the following sections:
(0:00) Introductions
(2:43) Conversation with Diane Randall
(17:00) Questions From Attendees
(27:40) Tribute to Sec. Shultz
(32:29) February's Monthly Actions
(36:50) Sen. Coons Message

Helpful Links: 
Friends Committee on National Legislation: https://www.fcnl.org/ 
FCNL’s Resource on Carbon Pricing as a Solution to Climate Change: https://www.fcnl.org/issues/environment-energy/carbon-pricing-solution-climate-change 
Feb. Monthly Action Sheet: https://cclusa.org/actionsheet 
CCL Blog: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/for-ccl-the-earth-moved-when-george-shultz-endorsed-carbon-fee-and-dividend/ 
Sign up for upcoming Regional Conferences: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ccl-regional-conferences/ 
CCL's February Pre-Call Video: https://vimeo.com/511759503 

Dr. Noah Kaufman | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | January 2021 Monthly Meeting

Dr. Noah Kaufman | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | January 2021 Monthly Meeting

January 9, 2021

As we gear up for reintroduction of carbon-fee-and-dividend legislation in the new Congress, we heard from economist Dr. Noah Kaufman, lead author of the 2019 Columbia University assessment of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The study confirmed the effectiveness of the bill from both an environmental and economic perspective. Dr. Kaufman is Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia, leading research focused on climate change policies. He also teaches a course on Energy Decarbonization. During the Obama administration, he served as the Deputy Associate Director of Energy & Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Helpful Links: 
Near-term to net zero alternative to the social cost of carbon for setting carbon prices," Nature Climate Change:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0880-3 
Expanding the Reach of A Carbon Tax - Emissions Impacts of Pricing Combined with Additional Climate Actions: 
https://www.energypolicy.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/file-uploads/CarbonComplement_CGEP-Report_101920.pdf 
Interactions between a Federal Carbon Tax and Other Climate Policies:
https://www.energypolicy.columbia.edu/research/report/interactions-between-federal-carbon-tax-and-other-climate-policies 
Dr. Alex Barron explains "Near Term to Net Zero:" A New Approach To Setting Carbon Prices for CCL Ann Arbor event: https://community.citizensclimate.org/events/item/2570/5270 

Christiana Figueres | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | December 2020 Monthly Meeting

Christiana Figueres | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | December 2020 Monthly Meeting

December 12, 2020

With President-elect Joe Biden vowing to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement in January — and as we celebrate the 5-year anniversary of that accord — we turn to Christiana Figueres to get an overview of where things stand globally on national commitments to fight climate change and what's needed going forward. Figueres was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 until 2016, during which she marshaled 196 countries to sign the Paris accord in 2015. Following her tenure with the UNFCCC, she co-founded Global Optimism, which "exists to catalyse transformative actions in our world" to tackle climate change.

Helpful Links:
Ms. Figueres’s website: http://christianafigueres.com 
December Action Sheet: https://cclusa.org/actionsheet 
All Dec. conference videos and presentations can be found at: https://cclusa.org/presentations
CCL 
Footage from CBS Evening News 12/1/20: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/what-can-president-elect-joe-biden-do-climate-change-if-republicans-senate-majority/# 
Virtual Postcards: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/471
 
Upcoming Online Co-working Parties training: https://community.citizensclimate.org/events/item/24/5478 
CCL Donation Link: http://cclusa.org/donate 
December pre-call video: https://vimeo.com/489614283  
All CCL videos are available here at: https://cclusa.org/videos

Tia Nelson | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | November 2020 Monthly Speaker

Tia Nelson | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | November 2020 Monthly Speaker

November 14, 2020

At the age of 13, Tia Nelson spent the first Earth Day cleaning up trash with her junior high classmates. She went on to follow in the environmental footsteps of her father, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, founder of the historic event that ushered in a new era of awareness and action for our environment. Now the Managing Director for the Outrider Foundation, which works to end the threat of nuclear war and reverse the course of global climate change, Tia joined this month’s call in the aftermath of a momentous election. She shared the lessons she learned from her father and offer perspective on the state of the climate movement based on her many years of working on that issue.

 

Helpful links:
Register for CCL's December 2020 Conference: https://cclusa.org/conference 
Outrider Foundation: https://outrider.org/ 
CCL's Year End Giving Appeal Campaign: https://citizensclimate.org/give 
Call Congress Day Dec 3rd: https://cclusa.org/call 
November Action Sheet: https://cclusa.org/actionsheet 
November Pre-Call Video: https://vimeo.com/478651436 

Oct 2020 | Alex Posner | Citizens Climate Lobby

Oct 2020 | Alex Posner | Citizens Climate Lobby

October 10, 2020

As we seek the common ground between Republicans and Democrats on climate solutions, Students for Carbon Dividends (S4CD) has emerged as an important ally in building support on college campuses for revenue-neutral carbon pricing. Alex Posner, President and Founder of S4CD, joins our October call to share about the work his organization is doing to bring Republicans on board and the growing movement of the EcoRight, especially among young conservatives. A speaker at CCL’s June conference in 2018, Alex holds a BA in History from Yale University and is also a volunteer with Magicians Without Borders.

 

Helpful Resources:

+ Students For Carbon Dividends: https://www.s4cd.org/

+ Economist Statement on Carbon Dividends: https://www.econstatement.org/

+ Register for CCL's December 2020 Conference: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/december-2020-online-conference/

 

Sept. 2020 | Tina Johnson | Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Sept. 2020 | Tina Johnson | Citizens’ Climate Lobby

September 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we see disproportionate numbers of Black people becoming infected and dying from the disease. Leaders in the environmental justice community know this disparity all too well, and in June the National Black Environmental Justice Network was relaunched to help communities of color address the inequities that place them in harm’s way. Tina Johnson, director of NBEJN, joins us to talk about those disparities and how the network is fighting for environmental justice.

 

Helpful Links:

National Black Environmental Justice Network: https://www.nbejn.com/

Join CCL: http://cclusa.org/join

CCL's Climate & Environmental Justice Action Team: https://community.citizensclimate.org/groups/home/953

Dr. Kim Cobb | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | August 2020 Call

Dr. Kim Cobb | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | August 2020 Call

August 8, 2020

Alarmed by what their research on climate change is showing them, a growing number of scientists are stepping out of the lab to advocate for solutions. Dr. Kim Cobb, a professor at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, is among those speaking out. A leading expert in the study of corals and how climate change is affecting them, Dr. Cobb was devastated when, during a 2016 research trip to the South Pacific, she saw that most of the coral reef she had been studying was obliterated. “For me, it was a bellwether event… I decided to go ‘all in’ on climate solutions, personally and professionally.”

 

Helpful links:

GA Tech's Global Change Program: https://globalchange.gatech.edu/

Climate Change Curriculum: https://secoora.org/?s=curriculum

Join CCL: https://cclusa.org/join

Dr. Renee Lertzman | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | July Call

Dr. Renee Lertzman | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | July Call

July 11, 2020

Feeling anxious and overwhelmed about climate change and our ability to solve the problem? Our guest this month, environmental psychologist Dr. Renee Lertzman, says we have a window of tolerance that, once we exceed it, causes us to shut down. Turning to the tools of psychology, we can acknowledge the feelings of anxiety that can immobilize us and create conditions that allow us to show up as our brilliant selves. Dr. Lertzman's unique and integrated approach brings together the best of the behavioral sciences, social sciences and innovative design sciences to create a powerful approach to engagement and social change.

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