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CCL Training: Utilizing State-Level Climate Policy Impact Tools

CCL Training: Utilizing State-Level Climate Policy Impact Tools

January 14, 2022

Join CCL Research Coordinator Jerry Hinkle for a review of six different climate impact and policy tools available to CCL volunteers in the Local Impacts category of our resource directory to help you understand the impacts on the state level. Jerry will review some of the recent research available to include in your advocacy, including the Health Co-Benefits by State from Decarbonization, Household Impact Study Resource, Rural Economic Benefits of Climate Policy, and Climate Central's Tools.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):

  • (0:00) Intro & Agenda
  • (4:31) PNAS: Health, Agriculture & Labor Benefits
  • (8:18) Household Impact Study
  • (10:18) Nature: Poverty Alleviation
  • (12:24) MIT: Net Climate Policy Benefits
  • (15:11) Rural Economic Benefits
  • (20:30) State Climate Policy Dashboard

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José Aguto | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | January 2022 Monthly Meeting

José Aguto | Citizens’ Climate Lobby | January 2022 Monthly Meeting

January 8, 2022

Support from faith communities carries considerable influence with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, 30% of whom are Catholic. This month, we'll hear from José Aguto, executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant, which helps U.S. Catholics respond to the Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor. José will talk about the Covenant's work, how to connect with Catholics on climate, and the Covenant's support for climate solutions like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. José worked for the Friends Committee on National Legislation before joining Catholic Climate Covenant. He served in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of Brown University and Villanova Law School. 

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(4:51) Jose's Presentation
(20:42) Q&A Discussion
(28:10) Legislative Update
(33:44) CCL January Actions

CCL's January Action Sheet:  
January Pre-Call Video: 
Catholic Climate Covenant: 
CCL's January President and Senate Action Campaign: 
We're All Part of God's Plan(et): 
Laudato Si Action Platform: 
CCL's March 29 - 30, 2022 Conservative Conference: 
Vatican Statement Supporting Carbon Pricing: 
CCL's Resilience Hub: 

CCL Training: Developing Your Chapter’s 2022 Action Plan

CCL Training: Developing Your Chapter’s 2022 Action Plan

January 7, 2022

Join Todd Elvins, CCL's Action Coordinator, for a training that provides a thorough action guide organized by CCL’s lever of political will that your group can use to plan and coordinate your areas of focus for the year ahead. Know that we trust that each group will do what is appropriate for its local politics and volunteer resources.

CCL Community Training Page: 
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Skip ahead to the following section(s):
(0:00) Intro
(3:00) Planning Guide & Important Dates
(5:38) Being An Oasis In The Storm
(9:40) Educating & Activating Your Communities
(13:52) Getting Voters To Ask Candidates & Elected Officials For Climate Action
(19:26) New Years' Resolution & Social Media Action 

CCR Ep 67 Experiencing climate data through art

CCR Ep 67 Experiencing climate data through art

December 20, 2021

Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCLer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episode recaps here, or listen to past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below. 

How can we help the public embrace the science that reveals our climate has been changing dramatically and very quickly? And more than that, how do we make them feel and experience the data so profoundly that it causes them to respond? 

These are the questions UK-born artist Caroline Roberts brings to this month’s episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio, and to her art installation, the present of my life looks different under trees. This piece is an immersive installation of cyanotypes that has been exhibited at BOX13 ArtSpace and HCC Southwest in Houston, TX.

Originally from the UK, Caroline moved to Houston, Texas, 18 years ago. She explains that a story about drowned forest thousands of years ago in the UK, along with recent flooding in her city, inspires and informs her artistic work. 

“The installation consists of 60 11-feet high panels, each one representing a year of Houston weather data and encircling the Back BOX like a grove of trees. Each varies in width based on the rainfall intensity, as measured by the number of days on which the total rainfall was greater than three inches: the point at which street flooding occurs. The panel color, from ice-blue to blue-black, represents the average nighttime temperature for that year. At first glance the immersive nature of this cyanotype installation provides a cool environment as Houston temperatures fall into autumn. However, a closer look gives the bigger picture: more shocking than any graph, this forest-like environment shows the story of rising temperatures and intensifying rain events.”

While Caroline started her career as a chemical engineer with the faith that science would save the environment, she soon realized that many fields and talents could contribute to environmental advocacy. 

Caroline has always relied on science, and after crunching the numbers about the future of the country’s coastline due to climate-related flooding, she found herself in a state of horror and shock for weeks.

Caroline wanted people’s jaws to drop when they saw her art, which visualizes the overwhelming information she has seen predicted for the near future. As environmental conditions over time have grown worse, her installation’s fabric coincides, growing heavy and darker and colder as the fabric winds through history and to the present.

Caroline says that viewers were “gobsmacked” by her forest of fabric, and hopes that all who see her piece will contemplate the view of their own life under trees.

For more information on the data behind this installation please continue to the story and data page.

The Art House

For this month’s segment, you will hear a dramatic reading of Kamil Haque’s play, “Confessions of the Little Match Girl to the Star.” Kamil explains that in creating this piece, he chose to fracture a fairy tale, a nursery rhyme and the calling out to one’s “mama.” These common symbols of innocence form the spine of the play. 

To create the heart and soul of this piece, Kamil examined and extracted pieces from the transcripts of Greta Thunberg’s 2019 U.N.'s Climate Action Summit and George Floyd’s final moments in 2020. Through these channels he explores how two people on opposite ends of the age and racial spectrum express grief and anguish at their circumstances. How might their spirit and the spirit of their message live on literally and metaphorically?

“Confessions of the Little Match Girl to the Star” was performed at The BTS Center’s Climate Change Theatre Action 2021 event. It is read by Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, a public health expert and the chair of Citizens’ Climate Education board. 

You can hear standalone versions of The Art House at Artists and Climate Change.

Good News Report

Our good news story this month comes from Solemi Herandez, the Southeast coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. She tells us about her experiences at COP26 and shares good news about Climate Empowerment Article 12 of the Paris agreement. Solemi is hopeful for the future because of the involvement that she saw at COP26, and is hoping that more citizens will get engaged in climate work. 

We always welcome your thoughts, questions, suggestions, good news, and recommendations for the show. Leave a voice mail at (518) 595-9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA). You can email your answers to radio @  

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Isatis Cintrón Rodríguez | Citizens‘ Climate Lobby | December 2021 Monthly Meeting

Isatis Cintrón Rodríguez | Citizens‘ Climate Lobby | December 2021 Monthly Meeting

December 11, 2021

Citizens’ Climate International had a major presence at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and Isatis Cintrón Rodriguez was a big part of that presence. The Latin America Regional Coordinator for CCI and a CCI founding board member, Isatis addressed the High-Level Segment of the COP26 negotiations in Glasgow on the value of stakeholders’ active participation in the design and implementation of climate policy. She talks about her work at COP26 and how people affected by climate change can have input into solving the problem. In addition to her work with CCI, Isatis is a doctoral candidate in cryospheric science at Rutgers University.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(2:56) Conversation with Isatis
(25:25) Legislative Update
(35:14) CCL December Actions

CCL's December Action Sheet:
December Pre-Call Video: 
Donate to CCL: 
More about Citizens' Climate International: 
Subscribe to the CCI Newsletter: 

CCL Training: Exploring Dr. Shindell‘s New State-Level Climate Co-Benefits Tool

CCL Training: Exploring Dr. Shindell‘s New State-Level Climate Co-Benefits Tool

December 10, 2021

Join CCL Research Coordinator Dana Nucitelli for a review of a new tool from Dr. Drew Shindell's lab that helps advocates display on the state-level climate co-benefits. Dr. Shindell's research is one of the main underpinnings behind CCL's emphasis that carbon pricing also helps clean the air and saves lives  based on his recently published peer-reviewed article in PNAS: Temporal and spatial distribution of health, labor, and crop benefits of climate change mitigation in the United States.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(2:07) About Dr. Shindell's Team
(5:01) Overview of the Results
(7:25) Value of a Statistical Life
(12:12) Introducing the Tool
(15:29) Explaining the Scenarios
(22:53) Choosing Your Impact

PNSA Article: 
Presentation Slides:
CCL Community Page: 

CCL Training: COP26 Updates and Recap

CCL Training: COP26 Updates and Recap

December 3, 2021

Join Citizens' Climate International's Global Strategy Director Joseph Robertson, Cathy Orlando, Citizens’ Climate International Program Director, Isatis Cintron, CCI Board Member and Latin American Regional Coordinator and Solemi Hernandez CCL Southeast Regional Coordinator for an update and review on all that happened at COP26 and how it connects with CCL's work. 

Skip ahead to the following section(s):
(0:00) Agenda and Intro
(1:33) What is COP and Why is it important?
(7:50) COP26 Outcomes & Article 6.8
(12:20) Canada
(20:59) ACE - Action for Climate Empowerment
(36:20) People's Pavilion
(42:14) Road to COP27 and Conclusion

Presentation Slides: 
CCL Community Page: 
Background reading: 

CCR 66 Hospitality in a Time of Climate Change

CCR 66 Hospitality in a Time of Climate Change

November 23, 2021

We live in a world with stronger and more frequent extreme weather events. As a result, giving and receiving hospitality is becoming the new normal for humans. Citizens’ Climate Radio host Peterson Toscano speaks with public theologian Jayme R. Reaves and public health expert Dr. Natasha DeJarnett. What are the risks leading to more displacement? What are the dilemmas and challenges of housing, feeding, and creating more space for people uprooted from homes during extreme weather? And what are some of the creative ways communities provide protection to those temporarily or permanently unhoused? 

Jayme R. Reaves is the director of academic development at Sarum College in Salisbury, England. She teaches in areas such as biblical studies, and feminist and liberation theology. Over the last 20 years, she has worked as a consultant, researcher, lecturer, and facilitator in the U.S., former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, and Great Britain. Her focus internationally has been on the intersections between theology and public issues such as peace, conflict, hospitality, memory, and gender. 

Jayme discusses the roles that scarcity and abundance play in making sure that those most impacted by the environment in the community around us are cared for. She calls on churches to work in their own communities to make congregations aware of sharing with those who don’t have as much. 

Jayme regularly speaks, leads retreats, conducts workshops, and acts as “theologian in residence” with communities who wish to dive deeper into understanding theological frameworks for social justice activism. She's the author of Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology & Ethic of Protective Hospitality (Wipf & Stock, 2016) and co-editor of When Did We See You Naked?: Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Abuse (SCM, 2021). 

Additionally, she co-hosts the podcast Outlander Soul, which looks at the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon with a theological, religious, and spiritual lens and takes seriously the role fiction plays in fans’ lives as a sacred text. Jayme lives in Dorset, England with her partner and two dogs.

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is an assistant professor in the Christina Lee Brown Environment Institute at the University of Louisville Division of Environmental Medicine, researching the health impacts of extreme heat exposure and environmental health disparities. Additionally, she is a professorial lecturer in Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. DeJarnett was the interim associate director of Program and Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association, leading research, climate and health, and children’s environmental health. 

She also previously served as a policy analyst at the American Public Health Association (APHA), where she led the Natural Environment portfolio, including air and water exposures along with climate change. Dr. DeJarnett is a member of the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, is chair of the Governing Board of Citizens’ Climate Education, a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility, chair-elect for APHA’s Environment Section, member of the Advisory Board of APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity, a member of the Board of Trustees for the BTS Center, special advisor to the Environmental Health and Equity Collaborative, and the Steering Committee of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition.

Dr. DeJarnett emphasizes that more than ever before, people are being displaced as a result of severe weather phenomena caused by climate change. In 2018, 16 million people were displaced due to climate, 1.2 million of which were American. She points out that in 2020, more hurricanes and tropical storms made landfall than ever before, to the point where letters in the Greek alphabet were being used to name them, as the list of hurricane names had been used up. Dr. DeJarnett says that church communities are presented with the opportunity to provide hospitality more than ever by turning churches into cooling centers, and by educating the community about staying safe through weather phenomena.

To learn more about building community resilience see the US Climate Resilience Toolkit or see how you can get involved with establishing a local or regional Climate Resilience Hub

The Art House

Joining us in the Art House is Dr. Krista Hiser with The Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club. The purpose of the book club is to look at climate-themed literature and consider how it can help us engage differently with interdisciplinary topics and existential threats related to the planetary predicament of climate change. 

In this episode, Krista reflects on Deena Metzger’s novel A Rain of Night Birds

Dr. Krista Hiser is Professor at Kapiʻolani Community College. Her Ph.D. is in Educational Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has published works on community engagement, service-learning, organizational change, post-apocalyptic and cli-fi literature. 

In this month’s episode, Krista tells us that the protagonist of “A Rain of Night Birds” is a scientist that also relies on feeling to gauge the environmental phenomena around her. With themes of spiritualism and indigenous culture, this “literature of restoration” focuses on the concept of doing no harm, based on the importance of the world around us.

You can read a written version of Krista’s essay at The Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club for Sustainability in Higher Education on Medium. You can hear standalone versions of The Art House at Artists and Climate Change.

Good News Report

Our good news comes from Anthony Leiserowitz at Yale Climate Connections. In tune with the theme of hospitality, Anthony discusses a disaster resiliency program geared toward Spanish-speaking residents in Sonoma County, California.

Whether people lose power or work as a result of climate and weather disasters, many nonprofits are developing plans and guides to help Spanish speakers in the west prepare. These programs help residents sign up for emergency alerts, prepare for emergencies, and make financial arrangements needed to safely leave during severe weather.

We always welcome your thoughts, questions, suggestions, good news, and recommendations for the show. Leave a voicemail at (518) 595-9414 (+1 if calling from outside the U.S.). You can email your answers to radio @  

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Closing Keynote & Plenary: #CCL2021 November Conference

Closing Keynote & Plenary: #CCL2021 November Conference

November 16, 2021

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, The Nature Conservancy's Chief Scientist and Atmospheric Scientist and Professor, Texas Tech University, shares her takeaways from COP26 and reviews her latest book, "Saving Us."

In SAVING US: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World Dr. Hayhoe draws upon interdisciplinary research and personal stories to demonstrate that whether you’re a parent or a person of faith, a beachgoer or a sports fan, a foodie or a travel junkie, climate change affects someone or something you care about, which means you already have power to act for change. While other books in this space offer doomsday scenarios, Hayhoe ‘s approach is optimistic and inclusive. She argues that climate action isn’t about being a certain type of person or voting a certain way. It’s about connecting with our communities based on the values we already have, to inspire collective action.

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Dr. Hayhoe's TIME Essay: 
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Hear about CCL’s vision forward and how we’ll get there.
w/ Mark Reynolds CCL Executive Director and Madeleine Para CCL President
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Exploring Effective Climate Solutions: #CCL2021 November Conference

Exploring Effective Climate Solutions: #CCL2021 November Conference

November 16, 2021

Panelists from Climate Interactive, Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, and Project Drawdown Georgia, will each discuss their work which focuses on analyzing, communicating, and implementing various climate solutions. What solutions are most impactful? How can grassroots groups like CCL incorporate these solutions into our advocacy? Panel moderated by Tony Sirna, CCL Strategy Director.

Dr. Marilyn A. Brown
Regents and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems
Georgia Institute of Technology 

Ellie Johnston
Climate & Energy Lead
Climate Interactive 

Jennifer Marlon, PhD
Research Scientist and Lecturer
Yale School of the Environment and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) 

Tony Sirna
Strategy Director
Citizens’ Climate Lobby 

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