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Official podcast for climate heroes from Citizens' Climate Lobby. We're creating the political will for a livable world.

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Very informative podcast to be an an effective climate advocate

By Brian Ettlaing - May 08 2019
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Very effective podcast combining the monthly calls of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), the weekly Citizens' Climate University, and the Citizens Cliamte Radio. This podcast really helps keep me up to date with the latest information from CCL, since I am an active CCL volunteer. Highly recommmend this podcast for anyone looking to be a more effective climate advoace.

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By Peter Jarka-Sellers - Jun 14 2016
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Great podcast with all of CCL's monthly calls and other content.

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Very informative podcast to be an an effective climate advocate

By Brian Ettlaing - May 08 2019
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Very effective podcast combining the monthly calls of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), the weekly Citizens' Climate University, and the Citizens Cliamte Radio. This podcast really helps keep me up to date with the latest information from CCL, since I am an active CCL volunteer. Highly recommmend this podcast for anyone looking to be a more effective climate advoace.

Great!

By Peter Jarka-Sellers - Jun 14 2016
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Great podcast with all of CCL's monthly calls and other content.

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Forests and Farms: Allies in Climate Solutions - #CCL2019 Conference

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Jad Daley, President & CEO, American ForestsDebbie Reed, Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC)Moderated by CCL Agriculture Action Team Lead Jan Elise StormForests, farms and wetlands in the United States already provide a substantial net carbon sink and have the capacity to reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by up to 21% through actions that will increase carbon storage and avoid greenhouse gas emissions. This session will show how leveraging management of forests and farms to deliver these reductions can amplify the impact of an economy-wide carbon price (e.g., the EICDA) on atmospheric carbon levels, making climate stabilization by 2050 more possible -- all while achieving multiple ecological co-benefits.

#CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate

Jun 21 2019

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Introduction To The Energy Innovation Act

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Join Dr. Danny Richter, Vice President for Government Affairs with Citizens' Climate Lobby, in a training that walks through the components the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, H.R. 763, and helps new volunteers understand the details of this historic legislation.

Skip Ahead To The Following Section(s):The Policy Benefits (1:37)How It Works (3:18)Support The Act (5:43)

Take Action: http://cclusa.org/energy-innovation-actEndorse The Act: https://energyinnovationact.org/endorse/More Details: http://cclusa.org/ennergy-innovation-qaQuestions? http://cclusa.org/energy-innovation-act-forumFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobby/Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/citizensclimate

Jun 28 2019

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CCR Ep 41 Tuskegee University Research Breakthrough

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Tuskegee University is a historically Black University in Alabama founded in 1881. From the early work of George Washington Carver, Tuskegee has trained generations of researchers who are unraveling mysteries from the natural world. Dr. Carver wrote, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” 

Two researchers have been tuning in and made a series of extraordinary discoveries all from agricultural waste. Out of the muck Dr. Michael L Curry, Dr. Donald White, and a team of other researchers found a natural alternative to plastics, one that will biodegrade in less than 100 days. This will keep us from adding even more pollution to a very polluted world. Further researched revealed this material also has other extraordinary properties. 

According to Business Alabama, "Scientists working at Tuskegee University have found a bio-based material that shows promise for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — a more immediate solution to climate change than revamping land and forestry usage or geo-engineering.”  
 
Host Peterson Toscano chats with Dr. Curry and Dr. White. They discuss their findings and the important ethical issues that must be considered when introducing a new product into the marketplace. Hear an informative and inspiring conversation with two researchers who are actively seeking solutions for the challenging problems we face.
Dr. Curry and Dr. White continue in the tradition of George Washington Carver and the many curious, well trained, and highly skilled researchers at Tuskegee University.
 
The Art House
Helping the public engage in climate change requires skillful communication and a lot of creativity. One troupe of performers in Northern Europe decided to break out of the box altogether. In the Summer of 2019 they presented a performance piece in Norway and Denmark. Instead of bringing the audience into a theatre, Acting for Climate took their show to eight different harbor. For a stage, they used a very large wooden boat. Into the Water is a theatrical circus performance aimed at raising ecological awareness. In addition to the performance, they organized festivals at each of the harbors.
Acting for Climate members Abigael Rydtun Winsvold and Nathan Biggs-Penton recreate the performance for our listening audience. Hear about the circus artists and their amazing feats as they climb the eight-story high mast, do acrobatics, and take the audience on a wild and moving ride. After each performance, the troupe connected with the audience for further discussion.  
 
Abigael found the response to be better than she imagined, "People came up to us and said that they were really really touched. Even sixty-year-old men, which I don’t normally see crying. I barely have seen anyone I don’t know crying in this age group. They came up to us and said, 'Wow! I’m really touched. I’m just going to take a walk and cry for myself right now.' That was really touching for us to hear people were touched by the performance, not only excited, but also shaken a bit somehow."
 
Puzzler Question

 We will extend the puzzler question from last month.  

After attending the recent climate strikes, imagine you run into your cousin, Kristan. She saw news reports about events around the world. She says, “I love the sign ‘system change not climate change,’ but it seems like a total fantasy. They expect everyone to go vegan or something? What systems can we change that will make any difference with climate change?"  

Kristan needs some help envisioning the kind of change that you are pursuing. How would you answer her?  

Send Peterson your answer by November 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)

Dig Deeper

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.

If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!

Oct 26 2019

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CCL Local Actions To Take On The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

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Join Citizens' Climate Lobby’s Vice President of Programs Madeleine Para, CCL Action Coordinator Todd Elvins and CCL Southeast Regional Director Don Addu for a webinar highlighting the actions volunteers can take across all five levers of political will to generate support for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act.

Video outline and sections: 3:26 - Don compares the focus for location action in 2018 & 20195:33 - Madeleine highlights actions with Congress and Lobbying11:26 - Madeleine highlights actions with generating media16:20 - Todd highlights grasstops engagement and endorsing actions30:27 - Don reviews grassroots outreach plans and opportunities36:48 - Don reviews chapter organizing plans40:39 - Madeleine role models communicating with others that might respond with criticism48:40 - closing contact information and inspirational Rep. Deutch quote

You can get more information on its website: www.energyinnovationact.org

As well as on CCL Community at: www.cclusa.org/bill

Dec 07 2018

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CCL Training: Focusing Your Grasstops Outreach

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One of the most critical elements of building political will for the Energy Innovation Act is spotlighting the support in for business, civic, and faith leaders in your local district.

Join National Partnerships Coordinator Stephanie Doyle and other CCL leaders in a training that will help you personally research your member, find major employers, focus your grasstops outreach and prioritize the community leaders important for your member of Congress.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):Who Are Grasstops & Why Care? (2:05)How to Focus Your Research (4:14)Starting & Using An Organizer (9:27)Connecting With Impacted Industries (18:48)Lessons From the Hill (23:33)Bringing The Grassroots Voice to Your Member (29:17)Case Study: NC Asheville's Story (37:58)

Resources:Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/focusing-grasstopsTraining page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/273Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate

Jun 29 2019

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The Green New Deal, Explained - #CCL2019 Conference

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Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Policy Director, New ConsensusHannah Perry, DC Hub Coordinator, Sunrise MovementModerated by Stephanie Doyle

The Green New Deal has captured national headlines and reshaped the national dialogue around climate change. Meet a leader from the Sunrise movement who put the Green New Deal on the map, and a chief architect of what policies will be included in a Green New Deal, Rhiana Gunn-Wright of New Consensus. We’ll discuss how we got to where we are, what comes next, and how we can all push for solutions together.

#CCL2019 Conference Presentations & Videos: http://cclusa.org/presentationsFollow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate

Jun 21 2019

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CCU: Taking Action Locally On the Energy Innovation Act

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Join CCL’s Action Coordinator Todd Elvins and Volunteer Education Coordinator Brett Cease for a webinar highlighting the actions volunteers can take across all five levers of political will to generate support for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act.

Todd and Brett highlight a review of the actions all volunteers can take while walking through the "2019 CCL Chapter Action Guide" to help all CCL groups provide focused and widespread support for the new carbon fee and dividend legislation in Congress!

Skip ahead to the following sections:

Individual Actions (2:10)

Chapter Activities (7:15)

Lobbying Actions (12:56)

Grasstops Engagement Actions (17:50)

Grassroots Outreach Actions (29:45)

Media Outreach Actions (37:14)

Wrap Up & Contact Information (41:44)

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Feb 01 2019

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CCL Training: Carbon Dividend Distribution

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Curious about how the policy details behind how the Energy Innovation Act's carbon dividends will get back to households?

Join CCL Research Coordinator Rick Knight for a training that will provide a detailed look at the administrative pathway for how carbon dividends can be returned that addresses key questions about the carbon fund, distribution framework, and its taxability.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):Policy Review & Background (2:15)Distributing the Dividend (8:00)Comparing with H.R. 763 (27:11)

Webinar slides: http://cclusa.org/dividend-distributionThis training on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org...Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Apr 19 2019

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CCL Training: August Recess Legislative Update

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On Thursday, July 25th, our collective push for carbon pricing took a couple of new, exciting steps forward.

Join Dr. Danny Richter, CCL's VP of Government Affairs and Madeleine Para, CCL's VP of Programs for a special online webinar to learn more about the policy details of Stemming Warming and Augmenting Pay (SWAP) Act, the Raise Wages and Cut Carbon Act, and the Climate Action Rebate Act and how your local group can respond!

Skip ahead to the following section(s):Energy Innovation Act Updates (0:57)Background Contet (6:56)Comparing the Four Carbon Pricing Bills (13:56)Taking Action (22:58)Conservatives for Climate Action Hearing Testimony (29:18)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/aug-leg-updateFind This Resource on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/220Follow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate

Jul 31 2019

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CCL: The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act Reintroduced

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On January 24, 2019, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was reintroduced into Congress by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), and original cosponsors Reps. Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Charlie Crist (D-FL-13), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-3), and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA-52).

Join CCL's Mark Reynolds, Madeleine Para, and Danny Richter in a webinar that celebrates this achievement, reviews the basic framework of the bill, and highlights what CCL is calling on volunteers to do today, tomorrow, and over the next few weeks to help now that a bill introduced.

Outline (skip forward to times listed):

Review of the Bill's Basic Framework (starts at 2:12)

What Happens This Year (starts at 8:42)

Review of Actions & Next Steps (starts at 15:45)

Mark Wraps up (starts at 23:55).

This historic bipartisan legislation would enact carbon fee and dividend into law when passed, and is the result of the hard work and support of thousands of CCL volunteers over many years. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 incorporates the most important provisions of carbon fee and dividend: a fee on carbon emissions at the source that starts at $15 per ton and goes up $10 per year, and a full dividend allocated to households. There are also a few provisions that have been added that are not in our proposal.

For Full Details, visit: www.cclusa.org/bill.

For the extended Q&A from this webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/MUUPmElrrNQ

Jan 25 2019

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CCR Ep 34 Extinction Rebellion and Students Demanding Climate Action

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Rebels are organizing. We are witnessing a growing global student protest movement around climate change. In episode nine our host, Peterson Toscano, chatted with Quaker author, speaker, and activist, Eileen Flanagan. She described the four different roles change agents take—Helper, Organizer, Advocate, and Rebel. This month we dig deeper into the role of the rebels—groups and individuals who disrupt business as usual in order to bring about systems change. 

In addition to capturing voices of protesters from the recent student walk-out in Honolulu, Hawaii, which was part of similar actions around the world, Peterson chats with Robin Boardman, from the British group Extinction Rebellion. Robin and his friends are planning major disruptive actions in London and other parts of the UK in mid-April. What are their goals, values, and methods? Join us for this insightful and moving conversation. 

The Art House

Returning to the Art House is Hope Clark. She is a dancer concerned about climate change. In episode 18 she told us how she decided to engage her community in the Washington DC area through a public art project. To do so, she used giant parachutes

Creating an art piece can help us process our thoughts and feelings about a topic as large and challenging as climate change. No surprise then, once she completed the Make a Movement Parachute Community Project, Hope began to go deeper into her own feelings. She found herself returning to an old comfort—an addiction to cigarette smoking. Hope is making powerful connections between her own addictions and society's addiction to fossil fuels. Through spoken word and dance, she is exploring the comforts we seek that have failed us. 

Puzzler Question
We have been getting excellent answers to our puzzler question. We want to hold this one out for another month. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Puzzler Question
You are at a family dinner when you mention your excitement about more and more people becoming concerned about climate change. Your Uncle Ralph interrupts, “Global warming? Seriously? What about all this record cold weather we have had? It doesn’t seem its warming at all?”
 
So what do you say? How can you open up a conversation about climate change that doesn’t just turn into a debate?

Send Peterson your answers by April 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of three minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).
 
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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.

If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!

(Photo from the Extinction Rebellion newsletter #16.)

Mar 23 2019

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CCU: The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act Messaging Recommendations

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Join Flannery Winchester, CCL's Communications Coordinator, for a webinar highlighting the messaging recommendations for the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act for all CCL volunteers.

Flannery provides an overview of the important role of focus and resonance in communicating the five key points behind the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act and where to find all of the supporting resources in CCL Community.

For more information about the bill, visit: cclusa.org/energy-innovation act

For full access to this lesson's presentation slides and video visit: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/learn/carbon-fee-and-dividend/legislative-updates-media-plan-and-messaging-recommendations/

Nov 30 2018

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Core Volunteer Training: Climate Change Science

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Join Dr. Sandra Kirtland Turner, CCE Board Member and Assistant Professor of Paleoclimate at UC - Riverside for a deeper discussion about: 

  • Understanding the natural carbon cycle as well as the basic concepts behind climate change (4:11)
  • Exploring how humans factor in (11:28)
  • The importance behind the scientific method and peer review process (18:33)
  • Responding to common questions (21:31)
  • A Success Story: The Ozone Hole (30:24)
  • Final Takeaways about communicating the science of climate change (36:18)
  • How to take action to find out more information and connect with climate scientists local to your group (40:26)

Core Volunteer Training is specifically created to engage and support new CCL volunteers in becoming more active and answering any questions you might have across a wide range of topics.

Training Slides:  cclusa.org/cvtclimatescience

Training on CCL Community:https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/51

Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby

Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Mar 17 2019

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August 2019 CCL Meeting with Sam Daley Harris

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Just how powerful and influential is grassroots advocacy? Our guest this month, Sam Daley-Harris, will share examples of organized citizen lobbying that had a major impact on national policies and priorities. Sam is the founder and CEO of Civic Courage, a non-profit that coaches organizations to improve the effectiveness of their advocacy work. In 1980, he founded RESULTS, an organization working to end hunger and poverty, which later became the model for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Sam is also the author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government.

Helpful Links:Civic Courage: https://civiccourage.org/Monthly Action Sheet: http://cclusa.org/actionsheetCarbon Pricing Bills in Congress: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/220Follow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimatehttps://citizensclimatelobby.org

Aug 10 2019

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May 2019 Meeting with Carlos Curbelo

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Before leaving Congress, Carlos Curbelo did more than any Republican to tone down the divisive rhetoric on climate change and start a movement to turn it into a bipartisan issue. Along with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), he led the formation and growth of the Climate Solutions Caucus, which had 45 Republicans and 45 Democrats at the end of the previous Congress. In January, he joined the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and he also joined the advisory board of the Millennial Action Project, a nonprofit focused on getting younger lawmakers to work across the aisle and to bring civility to the governing process. He joins this month’s call to talk about building the momentum for a bipartisan approach to solving climate change.

Helpful Links:Monthly Action Sheet: http://cclusa.org/actionsheetAlex Honnold Expresses Support for HR 763: https://community.citizensclimate.org/bulletin/2101/26Cincinnati & Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Endorses HR 763: https://energyinnovationact.org/supporters-overview/

May 11 2019

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CCR Ep 40 Fashion and Climate Change with Tatiana Schlossberg and Climate Poetry with Catherine Pierce

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Tatiana Schlossberg is the author of the new book, Inconspicuous Consumption.  In it she highlights just how good we are at being bad when it comes to fossil fuel pollution. She exposes the pollution generated by four major industries--Fuel, Food, Internet, and Fashion. About the book, Bill McKibben writes, “[Schlossberg] deserves real credit for coming through her journey into the guts of the consumer machine with a clarifying insight: We aren’t going to solve our problems one consumer at a time. We’re going to need to do it as societies and civilizations, or not at all.”

In her conversation with host, Peterson Toscano, Schlossberg dives into the the vast world of fashion and the extreme pollution the industry produces, and how this pollution contributes to global warming. She focuses on specific sectors including denim and the production of jeans.

In writing about cotton, Schlossberg points out, “It’s grown in more than sixty-five countries around the world, makes up about one-third of all the fibers used in textiles, takes up about 3 percent of global agricultural land, and has a big carbon footprint: producing the world’s cotton supply for the use in textiles results in 107.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.” 

In addition to creating pollution, growing cotton and manufacturing cotton textiles demand a massive amount of water. “Producing one kilogram of cotton requires somewhere between 1,800 and 7,660 gallons of water, depending on where its grown,” according to Schlossberg. Once harvested, the cotton is then transformed into fabrics like denim, a process that is also water intensive. Schlossberg states, “as much as 2,900 gallons can be used to produce a single pair of pants (using conventional methods), mostly because of the dyeing and finishing.”  

When it comes to the alternatives to cotton, like synthetics, Schlossberg reveals the tremendous greenhouse gas emissions and micro-fiber pollution created every year as a result of the manufacture, use, washing, and disposing of synthetic fabrics. The company that pioneered synthetic fabric, Patagonia, is now hard at work looking for solutions and alternatives. Schlossberg warns pollution from fashion is increasing because of the growing industry of fast fashion, where cheap quick production comes with a hidden ecological price tag. 

In her book and this podcast episode, Schlossberg does a great job of pointing out the many sources of pollution that come from the world of fashion. She readily admits she does not provide many solutions. Her job is to help us understand the scale of the problem. She recognizes the response needs to be in relation to the size of the problem. Individual efforts are not nearly enough. The role of politicians and the political process is vital to bringing about the changes in policy we need. In addition, the role of citizens speaking out about climate change is more important than ever.

Schlossberg helps us consume this heavy topic with plenty of spoonfuls of sugar; her humor, warmth, and hope shine through.  

The Art House

What does it take to create a poetic masterpiece that is also able to express the complex emotions we feel around climate change? Poet Catherine Pierce describes her process crafting her moving poem, Anthropocene Pastoral  Host, Peterson Toscano produces an Art House segment heavily influenced by the podcast Song Exploder. They invite a musician to unpack a song and talk about almost every aspect of it and their creative process. In the Art House, Pierce does something similar for us with Anthropocene Pastoral. The poem first appeared in the American Poetry Review

Inspired by the California Super Bloom of 2017, Pierce captures the strangeness of living in a world that is rapidly and dangerously changing but at the same time can be unseasonably pleasant and beautiful. (Tatiana Schlossberg wrote about a Super Bloom for the New York Times.) 

Pierce opens the poem with the line, "In the beginning the ending was beautiful.”

In the conversation she reveals the many choices she made as a poet to create the haunting mood of the poem and the lush landscape in it filled with a riot of images, animals, and life. She explains some of the techniques and devices she uses to construct the poem. Then she reads the poem for us.

You can read more of Catherine Pierce's climate change themed poetry online including High Dangerous and Planet.  Pierce’s last book of poetry, The Tornado is the World  is about an EF-4 tornado/extreme weather. The filmmaker Isaac Ravishankara produced a beautiful short film out of one of the poems in the collection, "The Mother Warns the Tornado.” 

Catherine Pierce is the co-director of the Writing Program at Mississippi State University, and the author of the award winning collection of poetry, Famous Last Words. She is working on a new book of poetry, Danger Days, which continues her exploration of climate change. It will be available in autumn 2020.

Puzzler

Students from Susquehanna University answer last month's puzzler question. Victor, a middle school student is freaking out because of climate change. “What could I even do about?” What does he need to hear?

We also get inspiration from elementary students at the River Valley Nature School who gave a presentation at the Climate Strike event held in Lewisburg, PA.

New Puzzler Question:

After attending the recent climate strikes you ran into your cousin, Kristan. She saw news reports about events around the world. She says, “I love the sign—system change not climate change, but it seems like a total fantasy. They expect everyone to go vegan or something? What systems can we change that will make any difference with climate change? ”

Kristan needs some help envisioning the kind of change that you are pursuing. How would you answer Kristan?

Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. Get your answer in by October, 15, 2019. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)

Dig Deeper

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.

If you listen on iTunes, please consider rating and reviewing us!

Sep 28 2019

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CCL: The Details of the Text of the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (Audio)

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Note: This webinar quotes from the 2018 version of this legislation - for the updated page & line references, see this training page.

 Join CCL’s Vice President of Government Affairs Dr. Danny Richter for a webinar that dives deeper into the text of the monumental Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act for all CCL volunteers.

The webinar will begin with a quick review of updates with the legislation, and then delve into the actual bill text via the section-by-section analysis, as Dr. Richter walks through the language and backstory the same way CCL's DC office presented the bill architecture with Congressional offices.

 
Skip ahead for a specific section's analysis:
Section 1: Legislation Background (2:30)
Section 2: Findings & Context (5:11)
Section 3: Carbon Dividends & Components (6:13)
Section 4: Carbon Dividend Trust Fund (20:54)
Sections 6 & 7: National Academy Review & Biomass Study (29:15)
Section 8: Adjustments to Duplicative GHG Regulations (30:53)
Section 11: No Preemption of State Law (37:42)

Dec 14 2018

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CCU: The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act Legislative Details

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Join Dr. Danny Richter, Citizen Climate Lobby's VP of Government Affairs, in a webinar highlighting the main details of the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act's legislative text.

Danny walks through the Carbon Fee & Dividend components as well as the Carbon Equalization Tariff, Regulatory Adjustment, and Strategic Considerations on the Hill as well as some of the most frequent questions about the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act from CCL volunteers.

For more information about the bill, visit: cclusa.org/energy-innovation act

For full access to this lesson's presentation slides and video visit: https://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/learn/carbon-fee-and-dividend/legislative-updates-media-plan-and-messaging-recommendations/

Nov 30 2018

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CCU: Exploring Carbon Fees & Clean Air Act Regulations

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Join Dr. Ross Astoria, CCL Board Chairman and Chair of Politics, Philosophy, and Law Department at University of Wisconsin at Parkside for a webinar exploring the important history of the Clean Air Act and how key EPA regulations would interact with federal carbon pricing like the Energy Innovation Act.

Webinar slides: http://cclusa.org/clean-air-regs

Skip ahead to the following sections:

Administrative Law Review (2:19)

Clean Air Act History & Framework (5:27)

EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations (14:07)

The Energy Innovation Act’s Pause (18:13)

Evaluation Framework For Carbon Pricing & Regulations (26:50)

Final Takeaways (39:10)

Training on CCL Community:https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/261

Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby

Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Additional Q&A available: https://youtu.be/v-hfah9OYJo

Mar 15 2019

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CCU: Making In-District Lobby Meeting Plans (Audio)

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The Energy Innovation Act provides an exciting opportunity for your group to start making plans to meet your Congressional members in district.

Join Amy Bennett, CCL’s Director of Congressional Liaisons and Lobby Days for a webinar that will walk you through the process of planning and setting up a successful meeting with your member of Congress back home in your community this spring.

Meeting in the local district of a member of Congress increases the likelihood of a face-to-face meeting and allows more CCL volunteers to participate in lobbying. This session will cover why meeting in-district is so important, how to involve local people of influence, and demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach by sharing some of CCL's success stories.

Skip ahead to the following sections:

Why In-District? (2:23)

Starting Out (5:13)

Coordinating the Plan (12:31)

Additional Resources (18:21)

Karl Danz's Story, Liaison for Rep. Eshoo (19:12)

Mike & Robin Hoy's Story, Liaisons for Rep. Fitzpatrick (27:13)

Wrap-up (35:53)

This training's presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/in-district-ccu

Jan 18 2019

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CCL Training: Hosting A CCL House Party

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Join CCL Leaders Bill Barron, Sarah Karush, and Julia Selker for a training that will walk you through how local groups have hosted house parties, open homes, or climate action salons in their own homes to help generate engagement in their local communities for Citizens' Climate Lobby and the Energy Innovation Act.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):Community Climate Party (VA) (4:40)Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Action Party (UT) (13:53)Climate Action Open House (DC) (25:00)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/house-partyFollow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate

Dec 06 2019

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CCR Ep 42 Better Angels Bridging the Political Divide

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Adam Rosenbalm and Austin Ramsey study at East Tennessee State University (ETSU.) Both raised in Conservative families in the South, they arrived on campus at a time when American citizens were more politically polarized than ever.  After the 2016 election it seemed the country was more polarized than ever. Conversations quickly became debates that led to arguments. Both Adam and Austin wanted to do something about the partisan divide between Conservative and Liberal Americans. Fortunately they learned about a new group called Better Angels.  According to the Better Angels’ website, "Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization.” They do this through their Red and Blue Workshops. With the help of a skilled facilitator, Better Angels hosts parliamentary styles debates. After attending a Better Angels’ event, Adam and Austin decided to bring the Better Angels’ style of debate to the ETSU campus. They hosted the first-ever Better Angel’s debate on a college campus. They chose a hot button topic that drew a large audience. Adam explains, “East Tennessee State University is in rural Tennessee…and firearms are a part of most people’s lives, and so we set forth the resolution that said, ‘Resolved: Students should be allowed to carry guns on campus.’ The whole premise of the event after that was people were asked to either speak in the affirmative or the negative on the topic.” Throughout the debate students were given space to share their feelings about the topic and raise questions. What often becomes a heated debate where people walk away angry and further divided instead became a space of deeper understanding and friendship. Because of skillful facilitation and clear guardrails that kept the conversation moving forward, the ETSU Better Angels gun debate was a huge success.  Austin says, “It really won over the campus. Students really connected with the style. We had students on both side of the issues that at the end worked together to say, hey, we need to meet to talk about this issue. We need to work together, because now we see this issue is deeper than a gun…it’s about how we’ve been raised, how we perceive this issue, where we were born, and how some of the milestones in our lives affect how we think about this. And that’s important when we talk about these difficult issues.”After that initial success, Adam and Austin organized debates on other topics. They share with Citizens Climate Radio host, Peterson Toscano, some of the insights they have learned that help them to foster civil discourse that results in genuine understanding and appreciation of people on the other side of an issue. They also talk about climate change and the challenges that must be overcome when organizing an effective dialogue between Conservatives and Liberals.  

The Art House
Being a climate advocate can be very difficult. How do you maintain hope in the face of bad news and apathy from those around you? Where do you find encouragement and inspiration? What role can faith play in our climate work? These are the questions Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade and Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas  the editors of a new anthology of essays by climate change faith leaders, wanted to answer. They bring together 21 climate leaders in the book, Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis. Contributors include Dr. Katharine HayhoeRev Fred SmallCristina Leaño, and Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman. In his introduction to the book, Bill McKibben argues for the need for a faith-based book about climate action, “…love, I would suggest, is what finally roots this volume: a love for the world around us, in all its improbable glory, and for the people who alone can bear witness to that glory and rise to its defense. If they are indeed summoned to that calling, it may be in part by fear—by the proper functioning of the survival instinct. But I suspect it will be more by love, the ever-great mystery. This volume opens some windows on that mystery, because the people whose words are collected in it have been powered by that force.”In the Art House the editors speak briefly about the book, and then contributors, Dr. Nathasha DeJarnett, a research coordinator at the National Environmental Health Assocation reads a portion of her essay, “The View from My Window. Corina Newsome, from Young Evangelicals for Climate Action  shares how her hope was rekindled through the process of writing her piece, “The Thing with Feathers.” Once she received her copy of the book and read the other essays, she found even more hope. 
 
Puzzler

We hear answers to last month’s puzzler: System Change, Not Climate Change. What does that even mean? New Puzzler QuestionYou are talking to your neighbor, Darren. You explain the many possible ways of we can address climate change.  One proposal is to charge energy companies a fee when they extract fossil fuels. The money collected then goes to households. You say this carbon fee and dividend plan will serve as an incentive to switch over to cleaner sources of energy.  Darren replies, “Well that’s stupid. People will just use the dividend they get to continue paying for fossil fuels.  Giving them money enables them to stay in their fossil fuel lifestyles?”What do you have to say to Darren?    

Send Peterson your answer by December 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)
 
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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.

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Nov 23 2019

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CCL Training: Columbia University's Assessment of the Energy Innovation Act

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Join Dr. Noah Kaufman, Research Scholar at Columbia University, and Jerry Hinkle, CCL Research Coordinator, for a live webinar discussing the recently released Columbia University's "Assessment of the Energy Innovation Act." This study offers an up-to-date, independent assessment from a prestigious institution of the Energy Innovation Act’s impacts on emissions, air pollution, and Americans’ finances. It confirms that the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is effective at reducing emissions and is good for people.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):

Emissions Impacts (8:13) Energy Production & Prices Impacts (15:04)Government Revenues (20:01)Impacts Beyond The Assessment's Scope (24:29) ​​​​​​​Comparison To Other Proposals (27:39)

Columbia Website: energypolicy.columbia.edu/research/report/assessment-energy-innovation-and-carbon-dividend-actCCL Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/184Follow Citizens' Climate Lobby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CitizensClimateLobbyTwitter: https://twitter.com/citizensclimate

Nov 15 2019

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Nov 2019 Call with Andy Hoffman

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Solving climate change — and saving civilization as we know it — will require a major systemic shift in our culture. Andrew Hoffman maintains that we are in a societal moment akin to a new era of enlightenment. He joins us to talk about the system-level changes to our thinking needed in the anthropocene and the role of business in the great rethinking of our economy. Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He has published 16 books, including:

Helpful Links: CCL November Action Sheet: https://cclusa.org/actionsheet

The Next Phase of Business Sustainability

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

Climate Change and Our Emerging Cultural Shift

Nov 09 2019

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CCL Training: November Lobby Day Logistics Q&A

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Are you curious about what to expect about the November Lobby Day or have a question about any final details? Join CCL Project Specialist Morgan McCue and CCL National Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator Taylor Krause for a final walk-through of the who, what, and where for the November Lobby Day to help you prepare for what to expect with the schedule, logistics, and details.

Skip ahead to the following section(s): Pre-conference Preparations (2:21)Your Meetings (5:08) November Lobby Day Schedule (16:45)Getting To The Hill (27:41)Submitting Meeting Minutes (32:42)

Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/logisticsTraining Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/272Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Nov 08 2019

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CCR Ep 41 Tuskegee University Research Breakthrough

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Tuskegee University is a historically Black University in Alabama founded in 1881. From the early work of George Washington Carver, Tuskegee has trained generations of researchers who are unraveling mysteries from the natural world. Dr. Carver wrote, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” 

Two researchers have been tuning in and made a series of extraordinary discoveries all from agricultural waste. Out of the muck Dr. Michael L Curry, Dr. Donald White, and a team of other researchers found a natural alternative to plastics, one that will biodegrade in less than 100 days. This will keep us from adding even more pollution to a very polluted world. Further researched revealed this material also has other extraordinary properties. 

According to Business Alabama, "Scientists working at Tuskegee University have found a bio-based material that shows promise for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — a more immediate solution to climate change than revamping land and forestry usage or geo-engineering.”  
 
Host Peterson Toscano chats with Dr. Curry and Dr. White. They discuss their findings and the important ethical issues that must be considered when introducing a new product into the marketplace. Hear an informative and inspiring conversation with two researchers who are actively seeking solutions for the challenging problems we face.
Dr. Curry and Dr. White continue in the tradition of George Washington Carver and the many curious, well trained, and highly skilled researchers at Tuskegee University.
 
The Art House
Helping the public engage in climate change requires skillful communication and a lot of creativity. One troupe of performers in Northern Europe decided to break out of the box altogether. In the Summer of 2019 they presented a performance piece in Norway and Denmark. Instead of bringing the audience into a theatre, Acting for Climate took their show to eight different harbor. For a stage, they used a very large wooden boat. Into the Water is a theatrical circus performance aimed at raising ecological awareness. In addition to the performance, they organized festivals at each of the harbors.
Acting for Climate members Abigael Rydtun Winsvold and Nathan Biggs-Penton recreate the performance for our listening audience. Hear about the circus artists and their amazing feats as they climb the eight-story high mast, do acrobatics, and take the audience on a wild and moving ride. After each performance, the troupe connected with the audience for further discussion.  
 
Abigael found the response to be better than she imagined, "People came up to us and said that they were really really touched. Even sixty-year-old men, which I don’t normally see crying. I barely have seen anyone I don’t know crying in this age group. They came up to us and said, 'Wow! I’m really touched. I’m just going to take a walk and cry for myself right now.' That was really touching for us to hear people were touched by the performance, not only excited, but also shaken a bit somehow."
 
Puzzler Question

 We will extend the puzzler question from last month.  

After attending the recent climate strikes, imagine you run into your cousin, Kristan. She saw news reports about events around the world. She says, “I love the sign ‘system change not climate change,’ but it seems like a total fantasy. They expect everyone to go vegan or something? What systems can we change that will make any difference with climate change?"  

Kristan needs some help envisioning the kind of change that you are pursuing. How would you answer her?  

Send Peterson your answer by November 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)

Dig Deeper

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.

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Oct 26 2019

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CCL Training: 2019 June Meeting Analysis

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Join Adeline DeYoung, CCL Legislative Assistant, as she walks through this year's June Meeting Analysis results as well as how you can use it in a meeting with a Member of Congress, the media, potential endorsers, and the larger community.

This annual analysis covers CCL's 528 meetings with members of Congress and their staff in June each summer. Additionally, the CCL June Meeting Analysis reports paved the way for the creation of the Frequently Raised Topics resource we use to prepare for meetings with members of Congress or their staff.

Skip ahead to the following section(s): How was this done? (3:30)What were the most frequent topics? (9:23)Change of annual trends (13:38)Other Frequently Raised Topics (and where to find them) (15:57)Assessing Engagement (21:11)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/2019-june-analysisTraining on CCL Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/271Frequently Raised Topics Resource: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/248Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyFollow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Oct 25 2019

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CCL Training: Using Resources For the Future's Carbon Pricing Calculator

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Join Marc Hafstead, Fellow and Director of the Carbon Pricing Initiative at Resource For the Future, and CCL Research Coordinator Jerry Hinkle for a training that reviews the main findings from the recent carbon pricing economic and energy model used by Resources for the Future and their own calculator used to evaluate current carbon pricing bills in Congress including the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):RFF and Calculator Background (2:30)Using the Calculator (10:51)Greenhouse Emission Reductions Comparisons (15:40)Comparing Distribution of Impacts (21:15)GDP Considerations (25:20)

RFF Carbon Pricing Calculator: https://www.rff.org/cpcTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/430Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Oct 18 2019

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October 2019 Meeting featuring Kiera O'Brien

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There’s been a shift among Republicans in Congress on climate change, due in no small part to polling that shows younger GOP voters are as concerned about climate change as their progressive counterparts. As vice president of Students for Carbon Dividends, Keira O’Brien is working to harness that passion among young conservatives to generate political will for carbon dividends legislation, which places a fee on carbon and gives revenue to households (sound familiar?). Kiera, who is President Emeritus of the Harvard Republican Club, recently testified at a congressional hearing alongside Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Over the summer, she spoke about carbon dividends at the Teen Vogue Summit: “There are many climate-oriented groups rallying around the problem, but Students for Carbon Dividends is rallying around the solution.”

Helpful Links:IMF's Support For a $75/ton Carbon Tax: https://blogs.imf.org/2019/10/10/fiscal-policies-to-curb-climate-change/Students For Carbon Dividends: https://www.s4cd.org/Economists' Statement: https://www.clcouncil.org/economists-statement/CCL Monthly Action Sheet: http://cclusa.org/actionsheet

Oct 12 2019

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CCL Training: How To Lead A Lobby Team

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Are you interested in learning more about what it takes and key details to remember when leading a lobby meeting with a member of Congress or staff? Join CCL Southeast Regional Director Don Addu for a training that reviews the role of a lobby team leader, how they assign team roles, coordinate practice times and how to handle other special situations.

Skip ahead to the following section(s): The Importance of Leads (3:37)Advance Planning (7:53)Meeting Suggestions (19:28)Transition Examples (29:21)Meeting Debrief, Minutes, and Climate Positions (38:08)TBD, Delivery Only, and Constituent Call Meetings (46:39)

Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/lobbyleadTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/188Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Oct 11 2019

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CCL Training: Using the Personal Carbon Dividend Calculator

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Recent updates to the Personal Carbon Dividend Calculator help make it even an easier--to-use online tool to estimate the financial outcome of the policy for an individual household under the first-year carbon dioxide fee of $15 per metric ton. It's a way to take the abstract statistical findings of the Household Impact Study down to the personal level.

Join Rick Knight, CCE's Research Coordinator and Bryan Hermsen, CCL's IT Administrator and Applications Developer as they walk through the updates for this CCL-created powerful tool for all CCL volunteers.

Calculator Link:https://energyinnovationact.org/carbon-dividend-calculator/

This tool is a handy way to answer questions from friends, family, interested parties at a tabling event or presentation, or potential supporters who need a clearer idea of how carbon fee and dividend policies work. It can be used to create case studies for households in a particular Congressional District or town and can also be used to find out how certain lifestyle change will affect your bottom line under our policy.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):What is the Calculator? (2:20)What's been updated? (5:39)Where can I access it? (8:43)Calculator Case Studies (10:42)What about negative results & how do I use it? (19:14)

Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/calculator-trainingTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/133Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Oct 05 2019

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CCL Training: Motivational Interviewing Basics

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Join Dr. Dave Christian, Utah State University Professional and Scientific Psychology Professor for a training that will show you how to use Motivational Interviewing to more effectively connect with your members of Congress, local leaders, or even members of your own CCL group.

“Motivational Interviewing” is a communication style that fosters collaboration and offers you as an advocate a package of skills to collaborate with anyone, especially “difficult people.” As a well-regarded professional approach Motivational Interviewing has thirty years of research across many fields and more than 1,000 studies demonstrating its effectiveness.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):What Is Motivational Interviewing? (2:03)The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (PACE) (8:58)Core Skills: OARS (23:04)Live Role-Play Demonstration (31:17)Next Steps (43:25)Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/motivational-interviewingTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/123Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Sep 28 2019

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CCR Ep 40 Fashion and Climate Change with Tatiana Schlossberg and Climate Poetry with Catherine Pierce

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Tatiana Schlossberg is the author of the new book, Inconspicuous Consumption.  In it she highlights just how good we are at being bad when it comes to fossil fuel pollution. She exposes the pollution generated by four major industries--Fuel, Food, Internet, and Fashion. About the book, Bill McKibben writes, “[Schlossberg] deserves real credit for coming through her journey into the guts of the consumer machine with a clarifying insight: We aren’t going to solve our problems one consumer at a time. We’re going to need to do it as societies and civilizations, or not at all.”

In her conversation with host, Peterson Toscano, Schlossberg dives into the the vast world of fashion and the extreme pollution the industry produces, and how this pollution contributes to global warming. She focuses on specific sectors including denim and the production of jeans.

In writing about cotton, Schlossberg points out, “It’s grown in more than sixty-five countries around the world, makes up about one-third of all the fibers used in textiles, takes up about 3 percent of global agricultural land, and has a big carbon footprint: producing the world’s cotton supply for the use in textiles results in 107.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.” 

In addition to creating pollution, growing cotton and manufacturing cotton textiles demand a massive amount of water. “Producing one kilogram of cotton requires somewhere between 1,800 and 7,660 gallons of water, depending on where its grown,” according to Schlossberg. Once harvested, the cotton is then transformed into fabrics like denim, a process that is also water intensive. Schlossberg states, “as much as 2,900 gallons can be used to produce a single pair of pants (using conventional methods), mostly because of the dyeing and finishing.”  

When it comes to the alternatives to cotton, like synthetics, Schlossberg reveals the tremendous greenhouse gas emissions and micro-fiber pollution created every year as a result of the manufacture, use, washing, and disposing of synthetic fabrics. The company that pioneered synthetic fabric, Patagonia, is now hard at work looking for solutions and alternatives. Schlossberg warns pollution from fashion is increasing because of the growing industry of fast fashion, where cheap quick production comes with a hidden ecological price tag. 

In her book and this podcast episode, Schlossberg does a great job of pointing out the many sources of pollution that come from the world of fashion. She readily admits she does not provide many solutions. Her job is to help us understand the scale of the problem. She recognizes the response needs to be in relation to the size of the problem. Individual efforts are not nearly enough. The role of politicians and the political process is vital to bringing about the changes in policy we need. In addition, the role of citizens speaking out about climate change is more important than ever.

Schlossberg helps us consume this heavy topic with plenty of spoonfuls of sugar; her humor, warmth, and hope shine through.  

The Art House

What does it take to create a poetic masterpiece that is also able to express the complex emotions we feel around climate change? Poet Catherine Pierce describes her process crafting her moving poem, Anthropocene Pastoral  Host, Peterson Toscano produces an Art House segment heavily influenced by the podcast Song Exploder. They invite a musician to unpack a song and talk about almost every aspect of it and their creative process. In the Art House, Pierce does something similar for us with Anthropocene Pastoral. The poem first appeared in the American Poetry Review

Inspired by the California Super Bloom of 2017, Pierce captures the strangeness of living in a world that is rapidly and dangerously changing but at the same time can be unseasonably pleasant and beautiful. (Tatiana Schlossberg wrote about a Super Bloom for the New York Times.) 

Pierce opens the poem with the line, "In the beginning the ending was beautiful.”

In the conversation she reveals the many choices she made as a poet to create the haunting mood of the poem and the lush landscape in it filled with a riot of images, animals, and life. She explains some of the techniques and devices she uses to construct the poem. Then she reads the poem for us.

You can read more of Catherine Pierce's climate change themed poetry online including High Dangerous and Planet.  Pierce’s last book of poetry, The Tornado is the World  is about an EF-4 tornado/extreme weather. The filmmaker Isaac Ravishankara produced a beautiful short film out of one of the poems in the collection, "The Mother Warns the Tornado.” 

Catherine Pierce is the co-director of the Writing Program at Mississippi State University, and the author of the award winning collection of poetry, Famous Last Words. She is working on a new book of poetry, Danger Days, which continues her exploration of climate change. It will be available in autumn 2020.

Puzzler

Students from Susquehanna University answer last month's puzzler question. Victor, a middle school student is freaking out because of climate change. “What could I even do about?” What does he need to hear?

We also get inspiration from elementary students at the River Valley Nature School who gave a presentation at the Climate Strike event held in Lewisburg, PA.

New Puzzler Question:

After attending the recent climate strikes you ran into your cousin, Kristan. She saw news reports about events around the world. She says, “I love the sign—system change not climate change, but it seems like a total fantasy. They expect everyone to go vegan or something? What systems can we change that will make any difference with climate change? ”

Kristan needs some help envisioning the kind of change that you are pursuing. How would you answer Kristan?

Leave your name, contact info, and where you are from. Get your answer in by October, 15, 2019. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414. (+1 if calling from outside the USA.)

Dig Deeper

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.

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Sep 28 2019

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CCL Training: Planning Your Meeting with Congress

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Lobbying can be both exciting and intimidating. Being prepared is one way to reduce anxiety.

Join CCL Director of Field Development Elli Sparks for a training that will walk you through CCL's step-by-step process for preparing for your meetings in Washington, D.C. with Congress and/or their staff, including research tips, available CCL tools, lobby meeting roles, the value of practice, and the power of listening.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):Resources For Preparing To Lobby (5:59)Roles in Your Meeting (19:16)Supporting Asks (24:06) The Importance of Practice (38:43)Sample Practice Meeting (43:21)

Presentation slides: http://cclusa.org/planning-your-meetingTraining Page on Community: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/185Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Sep 21 2019

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Sept 2019 Meeting w/ Dr. Jonathan Haidt

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How did American politics get to be so dysfunctional? It has a lot to do with psychology, and our guest this month, Jonathan Haidt, will help us wrap our heads around this phenomenon. A Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business, he is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Haidt’s book explains the origins of the human moral sense and how variations in moral intuitions can help explain the polarization and dysfunction of American politics.

Helpful Links: Monthly Action Sheet: http://cclusa.org/actionsheethttps://www.openmindplatform.orghttps://righteousmind.com/about-the-book/discussions-of-the-book/CCL Youth Outreach: youth@citizensclimate.orgFind out more at https://www.citizensclimatelobby.org

Sep 14 2019

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CCL Training: Media for CCL: Resources & Roles

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Join CCL Communications Coordinator Flannery Winchester for a training that walks through the various media resources CCL's staff offers. We'll cover Letter to the Editor opportunities, op-eds, editorial packets, and press releases: not just what they are, but where you can find them on CCL Community and how you can use each of them in your local media market. Flannery will also highlight the important role of Media Manager for CCL chapters and how you can sign up to find out more.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):LTE Opportunities (5:09)Op-Ed Opportunities (8:50)Editorial Media Packets (11:54)Press Releases (16:28)Media Manager Role (20:33)

Tonight’s slides: http://cclusa.org/media-resources

CCL Resource: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/372Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Sep 13 2019

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CCL Training: Extreme Heat & Local Climate Impacts Resources

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Join Dr. Kristina Dahl, co-author of the Union of Concerned Scientist's recent report "Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days."

Dr. Dahl will review the main findings of the report, the importance of communicating local impacts from climate change, as well as how to use the Union of Concerned Scientists' new tool where you can see an estimated number of extreme heat days for cities and counties in the US in your own local outreach and meetings. We'll also review where you can find the rest of CCL's Local Impacts Resources on CCL Community.

Extreme Heat Report & Tool: https://ucsusa.org/killer-heat

Background on the Analysis (3:14)About the Heat Index & Scenarios (6:39)Mid- and Late-Century Projections (7:50)Takeaways & Tool (12:43)Questions (15:26)Finding Local Impacts Resources on CCL Community (18:30)

Tonight’s slides: http://cclusa.org/extreme-heat

CCL Resource: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/424Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobby

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Sep 07 2019

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CCL Training: Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing Training

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Join George Marshall, Climate Outreach's Co-Founder & Director of Training and Consultancy (and former CCL Monthly Speaker) along with Tom Erb, Partner Relations Coordinator, Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition at The World Bank in a training that will help CCL volunteers improve our communications around carbon pricing policy based on the main findings and recommendations in the Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing report (Partnership for Market Readiness & Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, 2018).

Skip ahead to the following section(s):Background & Key Findings (2:53)Improving The Standard Narrative (16:41)Challenges To Communicating (27:47)Energy Innovation Act Applications (33:58)Ground Rules for Effective Conversations (42:13)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/communicating-carbon-pricing

CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/423

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Aug 30 2019

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CCL Training: Getting New Volunteers Engaged

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In this training, learn from CCL leaders Miranda Phillips and Jean Ritok about suggestions for engaging new volunteers coming back for more, including how to welcome your new volunteers and successfully onboard them into your group, how to delegate and keep people constantly involved.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):Welcoming New Volunteers (3:09)Three Phases on Onboarding (8:44)The Power of Asking For Help (31:59)Smaller Chapter Considerations (35:27)Setting Up Your Group On Community (37:42)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/new-volunteers-engagedCCL Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/298Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Aug 24 2019

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CCL Training: Joy, Culture, & Community Building With Your Chapter

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Join CCL Regional Coordinator Tamara Staton for a training that will highlight how local groups can incorporate more fun, volunteer support, culture and community building into their group meetings and local activities with examples of what's worked for CCL chapters around the country.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):The Importance Of Group Culture (1:40)How CCL National Creates Culture (5:31)Building Culture & Joy In Your Meetings (12:33)Gratitude Practices (23:45)Additional Chapter Activities (26:12)

Presentation Slides: http://cclusa.org/fun-culture-buildingCCL Community Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/422Follow us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/citizensclimatelobbyTwitter: http://twitter.com/citizensclimate/

Aug 24 2019

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