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CCL Training: Self-Care For Stress Reduction

CCL Training: Self-Care For Stress Reduction

April 3, 2020

The overwhelming unknown of a global pandemic, impacting our families, our futures, and for many of us, our own well-being is quite the recipe for chaos, both inside and out. Add to this the underlying stress of climate change and everyday life management and our well-being as climate advocates can teeter on the edge. This training features CCL Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator and Education & Engagement Assistant Tamara Staton and CCL's Peer Support Action Team Co-leads Laura Sacks and Jeff Joslin to support us in attending to our inner advocate - the one who so clearly wants change, ease and calm, but may at times struggle to find it.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
Consider The Context (4:28)
Know Yourself & Accept Your Needs (5:57)
Lean On Your Resources (10:04)
The Importance Of Play (18:14)
Climate Anxiety Event (27:36)
CCL Peer Support Action Team (30:32)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/self-care-stress-reduction

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CCL Training: Communicating With Progressives

CCL Training: Communicating With Progressives

March 27, 2020

Join Jamie DeMarco, CCL's State Level Coordinator for a training that provides recommendations on how to talk about the Energy Innovation Act with progressive groups, highlight trusted organizational statements made about the legislation, and what CCL's ongoing plan for outreach to non-profit organizations is at the national and local level.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
National Group Statements of Support (3:29)
What CCL National Is Doing (6:55)
People over Policy (11:51)
Responding To Criticism (20:32)
Helping With Local Outreach (26:31)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/progressive-communications

CCL Community Training: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/122

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CCR Ep 46 Coronavirus, Climate Adaptation, and a Resilient Tomorrow

CCR Ep 46 Coronavirus, Climate Adaptation, and a Resilient Tomorrow

March 27, 2020
The issue on most everyone’s mind right now is Coronavirus or Covid-19. We are witnessing a massive social and political transformation as we respond to the outbreak of the virus. Individuals have rapidly and radically changed their behaviors—from washing hands to self-isolating. Nations and local authorities are each taking their part to stop the spread of this disease. We see in real time how quickly and effectively we can adapt to a crisis. We also are discovering where we have failed to anticipate this crisis that is upon us. 

The resilience and adaption we see happening all over the world, in our governments, and in our homes, have gotten some climate advocates reflecting on the preparations & rapid responses needed to address extreme weather events and other impacts from global warming. How is Coronavirus similar to climate change? How is it different? 

Host, Peterson Toscano convenes a panel of experts to consider these questions. 

  • Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, the interim Associate Director of Program & Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association. In previous episodes she has helped us better understand public health issues and climate change. Whether she is discussing environmental racism and pollution, the illnesses afflicting coal miners in Appalachia, or promoting mental health in a time of Climate Change, Dr. DeJarnett provides well sourced and grounded information.
  • Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, the director of the Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute. He leads the Center’s work to help drive finance into activities that promote sustainability and combat climate change. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Environment at the US Department of the Treasury. 
  • Alice. C Hill, a senior fellow for Climate Change Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Over 10 years ago she joined the Obama administration as senior legal counsel to Homeland Security director, Janet Politano. As a climate change resilience expert, She believes we possess the tools to respond to the impacts of climate change. She and Martinez-Diaz co-authored the book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare fo the Coming Climate Disruption

In discussing the connections they see regarding our preparations for and responses to protecting the public from Covid-19 and the impacts of climate change, they point out that governments do not properly plan for unexpected future events because of a collective failure of imagination. Martinez-Diaz explains the idea of availability bias, “the difficulty that we all have to imagine things we have never seen before. Therefore, we have a lot trouble planning and getting ready for things for which we have no living memory.” This was true of Coronavirus and is also true for climate change. 

In responding to crisis and suffering, they each point out the importance of having empathy towards those who are at risk, particularly the most vulnerable in society. This thoughtful and insightful conservation will help climate advocates better understand the work we seek to do in effectively communicating the urgency of climate change. Being able to tell stories to government officials and other stakeholders is a necessary skill to develop and hone. 

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The Art House

Survivor Generations 2165 An original radio drama by the Climate Stew Players

Hear the story of Yuri Ivanovich Petrov. As a boy he survived the infamous 900 Days Siege of Leningrad during World War II. Though he experienced the unimaginable hardships, he also developed inventive ways to survive. The lessons he learned during the greatest crisis of his generation, can help give us hope and guidance for our own.

 
Historical details and survivor narratives from the 900 day siege of Leningrad were drawn  primarily from Leningrad: State of Siege by Michael Jones, Leningrad Siege and Symphony by Bryan Moynahan, Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Women’s Diaries, Memoirs, and Documentary Prose by Cynthia Simons, The Besieged: Voices from the Siege of Leningrad by Caroline Watson, and The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad by Harrison E. Salisbury. Research for the radio play was conducted by Alex Skitolsky. 

Puzzler Question
You are talking to your. friend, Charles. Charles is concerned about climate change but doesn’t know what we could do about it. You explain carbon pricing is a powerful tool to help us decrease fossil fuel emissions. Before you could say more your Charles interrupts, “Are you out of your mind? Did you see what happened in France when they tried that. Those Yellow Vest Protest! It was a political disaster! You really expect that to work here?”

How would you respond to Charles? 

Send your answers to Peterson by April, 15, 2020. You can email your responses to radio @ citizensclimate.org r leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)

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Music Credits: Skaj Da Waidah, Raúl Díaz Palomar,  J Buckner

 

CCL Training: Generating Media Coverage

CCL Training: Generating Media Coverage

March 27, 2020

Join CCL's Communications Director Flannery Winchester for a training that explores news coverage in the media - articles, press, and media awareness which mentions our organization and CCL's work earned outside of paid advertising. Flannery reviews strategies for generating news coverage with your local chapter and the support of CCL's national communications team.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
Writing Media in the COVID Era (2:45)
What is news coverage? Why now? (7:16)
How to alert media to your story (12:12)
Develop your local media list (16:18)
Pitching and next steps (30:52)

Presentation Slides: https://cclusa.org/generating-media-coverage

CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/293

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CCL Training: How To Host Online Zoom Meetings

CCL Training: How To Host Online Zoom Meetings

March 20, 2020

Join CCL's Field Development Director Elli Sparks & Volunteer Education Coordinator Brett Cease for a training that walks through the process of setting up and hosting an online group meeting on Zoom. For those interested in minimizing public meetings, hosting online meetings offer a safe alternative to meeting in person and this training walks through the considerations to get you started.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
Setting Up For Success (3:10)
Practicing With Zoom (14:36)
+Audio Controls (18:30)
+Video Controls (22:24)
+Renaming Users (23:18)
+Monitoring Chat (24:24)
+Claiming Host Key (26:45)
+Sharing Screen (28:24)
+Breakout Rooms (31:06)
+Ending The Meeting (34:37)
+Additional Controls (35:20)
Where To Go For Technical Support (40:45)
Suggestions For Engagement (44:05)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/hosting-zoom-meetings

CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/347

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Hannah Pickard | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | March 2020 Monthly Speaker

Hannah Pickard | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | March 2020 Monthly Speaker

March 14, 2020

Hannah Pickard trains people in proven communications techniques that shift the national conversation about climate change to be more positive, civic-minded and solutions-focused. She is the Network Manager for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation. NNOCCI currently supports climate communicators in 184 institutions in 38 states. As we go out in our communities to lead presentations, Hannah’s coaching can help us to inspire audiences to take action and be part of the solution.

More Information: NNOCCI: https://climateinterpreter.org/about/projects/NNOCCI

Hannah's Slides & March's Monthly Actions: https://cclusa.org/actionsheet

Citizens' Climate Radio Episode 39 featuring Hannah Pickard: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/citizens-climate-radio-ep-39-envisioning-and-communicating-climate-success/

Coronavirus Forums: https://community.citizensclimate.org/discuss/viewcategory/2762

 

CCL Training: Campaign Season Activities

CCL Training: Campaign Season Activities

March 13, 2020

Join CCL Government Affairs Coordinator Adeline DeYoung and Southeast Director Don Addu for a training that walks through how we as nonpartisan organization have the opportunity to connect with individual candidates from both sides of the aisle on the issue of climate change during this season of electoral primary campaigns. While being clear that we do not support or organize for individual candidates or political parties, our volunteer network still plays the essential role of providing insight to all candidates as to why our policy would be best for their constituents.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
Background (2:56)
Working With Incumbents (5:08)
House & Senate Guidelines (8:59)
Staying Nonpartisan & Bipartisan (12:42)
Activities To Avoid (16:08)

Campaign Season Activities Training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/265

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/campaign-season-slides

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CCL Training: Updates From Around The World

CCL Training: Updates From Around The World

March 10, 2020

Join CCL International Outreach Manager Cathy Orlando and CCL European Regional Coordinator James Collis for a training that highlights what is going on around the world in 2020 with ​CCL’s​ network, what other countries are doing in terms of carbon pricing and citizen engagement, and how CCL is engaging in international civil society meetings.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
Intro & Agenda (from beginning)
Global Maps & Resource (5:09)
CCL Reports From Around the World (12:57)
CCL Europe Update (25:49)
How CCL International Helps Your Work (36:50)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/around-the-world

CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/157

 

CCR Ep 45 How to Engage Young People in Your Climate Group. A New Jersey Success Story

CCR Ep 45 How to Engage Young People in Your Climate Group. A New Jersey Success Story

February 26, 2020

Concerned about climate change, Princeton University student, Jonathan Lu, and his friends became excited about a particular solution: Carbon Fee and Dividend. Through Citizens Climate Lobby they learned about a proposed national policy to price carbon and give the revenue back to households. That inspired them to ask, Could this be done in New Jersey?

Having a good idea is one thing, but doing all the hard work to make it a reality is quite another. Jonathan and his friends realized they needed help researching New Jersey state law. They also needed to speak with over 100 stake-holders all over the state. They wanted to make sure idea for legislation would appeal to as many different groups as possible.

Luckily they found a group of hard-working, intelligent, and creative people who enthusiastically joined the cause. People like Ahan Raina and Aurora Yuan. At the time they were both 15 years old.

Our host, Peterson Toscano, chats with Jonathan, Ahan, and Aurora, members of New Jersey Student Climate Adadvocates (NJSCA.) They and scores of high school and college students are working on the New Jersey Climate Investment and Carbon Cashback policy. In addition to applying what they are learning in school about climate change, economics, and civics, they are discovering just how challenging it is to devise a bill that appeals to as many people as possible. They are committed to seeing households benefit once carbon pricing begins in the state.  

After hearing from over 100 stakeholders though, they realized they needed to make adjustments to their original policy proposal. In a state with many businesses and industries, they heard how their idea might impact New Jersey businesses. They came up with a compromise that has made the bill better for more people in New Jersey.

While they worked on the policy though, Student Climate Strikes broke out in North America and beyond. Why do policy work instead of strike? Both Ahan and Aurora share insightful responses.

“People are definitely talking more about climate change because of the work of these climate strikers,” says Ahan. He adds, “You can build as much public interest as you want, but then someone has to do the work of building the policy.”

Aurora believes policy is the best way to address climate change, but not the only way. “I do participate in the climate strikes...I think policy though is the real concrete solution because we can’t get any tangible change without creating policy and systematic change.”

She understands why many of her peers are furious about the world they will inherit. For Aurora though, that anger can get in the way of the conversation. “The more angry you are and the more angry words you say to other people, the less they are willing to listen to you and the less they are willing to work with you...I think having a tone of calmness and willingness to speak with others and listen to where others are coming from, and then cooperating with others is really, really important right now."

Jonathan, experienced great success working with high school students on climate policy. In this episode he offers excellent advice to climate groups who want to work with young people.

If you inspired anew by this rising generation and learn some practical strategies for developing effective policy while for working with youth, hear the full interviews in this latest episode.

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The Art House

Irish author, Shirley McMillan wanted nothing to do with climate change. A busy mom with a young child, she recoiled when Peterson Toscano first initiated a conversation with her about climate change six years ago. She did not deny the reality or seriousness of climate change, but it all felt too much. She was also uninspired by the many suggestions for how women can do all the hard work to lower the family’s carbon footprint.

Then something changed; Shirley began to see climate change as something more than just an environmental issue; she realized how it is also a human rights issue.

Hear a lively conversation between Shirley and Peterson as she shares why it took her awhile to warm up to climate action. Learning about her reasons may help you better understand why your own friends and loved ones switch off when you start talking about climate change. Discover how over time you can influence your friends to embrace climate change on their own terms.

Puzzler Question

Like Shirley, your friend, Heather, told you she wanted nothing to do with your climate work. She also had a limited view of what that work looks like: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I don’t have time for climate work. I feel bad saying that but I work full time and I have two children still in school. I don’t have time for protesting right now”

Hear what listeners had to say to Heather.

New Puzzler Question

You are talking to your friend, Charles. Charles is concerned about climate change but doesn’t know what we can do about it. You explain how carbon pricing is a powerful tool to help us decrease fossil fuel emissions. Before you could say more Charles interrupts, “Are you out of your mind? Did you see what happened in France when they tried that. Those Yellow Vest Protest! It was a political disaster! You really expect that to work here?”How would you respond to Charles?

Send Peterson your answers. Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. Get back to him by March, 15, 2020. You can leave a voice mail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.) or email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org

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You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher RadioSoundCloudPodbeanNorthern Spirit RadioGoogle PlayPlayerFM, and TuneIn 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.

CCL Training: Managing Money In Your Group

CCL Training: Managing Money In Your Group

February 21, 2020

With outreach events and our annual conference coming up, many chapters may be in need of support in figuring out how to manage their local funds. Join CCL Group Leader Jean Ritok for a training that walks through various ways to raise and manage money in your group for things like chapter activities and conference scholarships.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
General Overview & Important Considerations (2:06)
Setting Up A Bank Account (11:30)
Nuts & Bolts Of Local Money Management (17:45)
Email Templates (25:50)
Workbook Walkthrough (34:24)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/managing-money-training

CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/139

Finance Workbook (Make A Copy Of): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ueVC9uteXuNxJPm0iEDepXaKsRKB_ECCJHtIOcaeXHc/