Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Lobbying 101: The Transformative Power of Citizen Advocacy

Lobbying 101: The Transformative Power of Citizen Advocacy

May 13, 2022

Learn about constituent advocacy, the advantages we hold as constituents in transforming our government and the policies we adopt, and hear stories from CCL volunteers around the country who demonstrate how citizens can build meaningful, long-term relationships with their congressional office. Joined by CCL leaders that share their stories of empowerment, Brett Cease, CCL's Education & Engagement Senior Director will be hosting Part I in the “Working With Congress” training series, designed to empower you - an important member of our volunteer network - to be ready for our annual June lobby meetings.

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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(2:08) Marshall Saunders's Vision & Reclaiming Our Democracy
(8:07) The Role of Citizen Lobbying 
(18:43) Expanding Our Comfort Zones
(23:45) Building Relationships
(31:34) Sharing Our Stories

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/transformative-power

CCL Training on Lobbying 101: https://community.citizensclimate.org/topics/working-with-congress/lobbying-101 

Our June Lobby Day Training Schedule: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/272

CCL Training: Introduction to the Anti-Racism & Allyship Guide

CCL Training: Introduction to the Anti-Racism & Allyship Guide

May 6, 2022

CCL strives to provide a welcoming space for people from all backgrounds and cultures. Join Karina Ramirez, CCL's Diversity and Inclusion Director, for an introduction to CCL's anti-racism and allyship guide. This resource guide has been written by staff and volunteers to provide resources for those driven to dive more deeply into understanding the importance of anti-racism work including highlighting portions of our ongoing work regarding Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and why it is integral to our work as climate advocates. 

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  • (0:00) Intro & Agenda
  • (2:16) Disclaimer & Community Agreements
  • (3:52) About the Guide
  • (7:53) Four Types of Racism
  • (12:52) On Being An Ally & Understanding White Privilege
  • (25:13) Reflection & After Work

Presentation Slides: https://cclusa.org/antiracism-ally-slides

Anti-Racism & Allyship Guide: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/488 

CCL Training: Mining Your Chapter Roster

CCL Training: Mining Your Chapter Roster

April 14, 2022

Join Elli Sparks, CCL's Field Development Director, for a training that will highlight new ways of engaging your chapter roster to build a thriving local chapter filled with engaged volunteers focused on roles and tasks they love. Elli will review new resources to help our chapters like a template for a virtual signup sheet (3rd bullet) and an organizational chart Jamboard to identify volunteer opportunities within your chapter. Elli will also review how to build a leadership team, determine which roles you would like to fill in your chapter next, and access the Volunteer Opportunities Emails for template emails you can send to your chapter roster to recruit for those positions.

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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(2:41) Virtual Signup Sheet (Action Sheet)
(11:44) Chapter Organizational Chart
(17:46) Volunteer Opportunities Emails
(22:56) Empowering Your Requesting
(28:20) Action Tracker - Recent Actions

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/mining-roster-slides
CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/147 

CCL Training: Introducing CCL’s Stand With Ukraine Campaign

CCL Training: Introducing CCL’s Stand With Ukraine Campaign

April 8, 2022

Join CCL's Marketing Manager Ashley Hunt-Martorano and Vice President of Organizational Strategy Tony Sirna for a training that will introduce CCL's Stand With Ukraine Campaign. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine we’ve all seen the calls to “drill, drill, drill”, and the President and some members of Congress pushing back on that with a clean energy agenda. We want to make sure the President and members of Congress know there is support from their constituents for prioritizing clean energy as a way to achieve real energy independence and reduce the power of autocrats and dictators like Putin.

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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(2:26) Campaign Background & Objectives
(5:32) Creative Choices We Made
(10:18) Volunteer Resources 
(16:50) Tabling Event Ideas & Talking Points

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/ukraine-slides 
Training Page on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/499 
Main Ukraine Action Campaign: https://cclusa.org/ukraine 
Ukraine Graphics: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ukraine-graphics/ 

CCL Training: Running Engaging Online & Hybrid Meetings

CCL Training: Running Engaging Online & Hybrid Meetings

April 1, 2022

Join CCL Education & Engagement Director Brett Cease and Education & Resilience Coordinator Tamara Staton for a training that will review recommendations and tips for chapters interested in running engaging online & hybrid (with both in-person and online attendees) meetings. The training will highlight resources you can use to deepen engagement and connectivity with your meeting and review some of the basic technical details for setting up your hybrid meeting.

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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(3:03) Facilitation Tips
(9:51) Three Steps to Make Your Meeting More Engaging
(21:24) Need Ideas? Resources
(24:22) Basic Hybrid Tech Overview
(33:30) Advanced Hybrid Recommendations

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/engaging-hybrid-meetings 
CCL Community Training Topic Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/topics/group-meetings/ 

CCL Training: Growing Your Local Group

CCL Training: Growing Your Local Group

March 25, 2022

With Earth Month coming up around the corner, join CCL's Field Development & Membership Director Elli Sparks for a training that reviews how to find, recruit and talk about CCL to potential new supporters. Supporters are the backbone of CCL! People want to help, be part of a team and exercise personal power, but they also have to balance their lives. To keep vibrant groups Elli will highlight many ways your local team can look for opportunities to add new volunteers.

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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(2:37) Info Session Data
(7:41) Four Basic Tools
(11:04) Presentations & Printed Materials
(15:31) Online & Media (Print, Radio, TV)
(21:09) Other Organizations & Your Events
(26:10) Practicing Your Pitch & Follow-Up

Presentation Slides: https://cclusa.org/growing-local-group 

CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/146 

CCL Training: Campaign Season Activities

CCL Training: Campaign Season Activities

March 18, 2022
Join CCL's National Action Director Todd Elvins for a training that will review CCL's recently updated advice on campaign season activities this midterm election year. One of our goals is to make sure climate action is taken to reach the science-based target of reducing our emissions by 50% below 2005 levels in 2030. We also want to encourage emerging candidates to generally support strong bipartisan national carbon pricing legislation and continue building local community support for meaningful climate action.
 
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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(3:21) Working With Incumbents
(6:14) House & Senate Guidelines
(12:19) Staying Nonpartisan & Bipartisan
(17:44) Tips & Recommendations
 
Campaign Season Activities Training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/265 
CCL Training: Engaging Community Leaders to Champion their Support to Congress

CCL Training: Engaging Community Leaders to Champion their Support to Congress

March 11, 2022

As Congress continues to negotiate the budget reconciliation package into 2022, making sure that strong climate legislation, including a price on carbon remains our highest priority. Since local leaders have extra clout with members of Congress, join CCL Action and Endorsement Coordinator Sabrina Butcher for a training that will walk through how to ask your community leaders (endorsers and non-endorsers) to personally call their members of Congress and identify themselves as a community leader when they call. Local elected officials, business executives and faith leaders can be especially persuasive.

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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(2:17) Why now? Which community leaders?
(6:51) How to contact the president? What they should say?
(9:51) Success Stories
(18:41) How else to highlight support?

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/community-leaders-champion  
CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/420 

CCL Training: Generating Media Coverage

CCL Training: Generating Media Coverage

March 4, 2022

How can we generate more news coverage? Join CCL's State and Local Media Coordinator Charlotte Ward for a training that will explore news coverage in the media (articles, press, and media awareness which mentions our organization and CCL's work earned outside of paid advertising) and reviews strategies for generating news coverage with your local chapter and the support of CCL's national communications team.

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  • (0:00) Intro & Agenda
  • (2:41) What is news coverage?
  • (4:13) How to alert media to your story
  • (8:35) How to develop a media list and pitch your story
  • (17:30) Media Examples 

Presentation Slides: https://cclusa.org/generating-media-coverage  
CCL Community Training: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/293 

CCL Training: Exploring the RISEE and FOREST Acts (CCL’s Supporting Asks)

CCL Training: Exploring the RISEE and FOREST Acts (CCL’s Supporting Asks)

February 18, 2022
Join Jamari Hartley, and Hardy Almes, CCL's Government Affairs Coordinators for a training that will review more policy details about both of the following current CCL Supporting Asks:
Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems (RISEE) Act (S.2130)
(CCL Senate ask)
Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act (S.2950 / H.R.5508) (CCLHouse and Senate ask)
 
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(0:00) Intro & Agenda
(1:23) The FOREST Act
(9:45) The RISEE Act
 
CCL Community Page on
Supporting Asks:
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