Citizens’ Climate Lobby workshop Sunday, June 29

Sunday, 6/29/2014, 3-5 pm, Elwha Heritage Center (socializing at 2:30)

OCA has joined the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a nationwide, non-partisan organization working to create the political will for a livable world.

Personal changes to reduce carbon footprints are very important, but if we are going to halt global warming, we need systemic change. CCL is asking Congress to pass a gradually increasing national tax on carbon with dividends returned to households. With all the revenue from the carbon fees returned to consumers, the power of the free market would help us transition to a safer, more stable, clean energy economy.

CCL is now six years old and has expanded to over 170 chapters in the US and Canada, including seven in Washington State. CCL chapters meet monthly to listen to an international conference call with a speaker discussing legislation, science, economics, communication, leadership, and more, to practice talking points, to write letters and to plan steps to develop a successful working relationship with our local editors and producers of news and our members of Congress (MOC). The approach is positive, respectful and inclusive.

OCA has joined CCL, and to kick off the relationship, a new chapter starts with a workshop that includes inspiring and provocative presentations, group and paired discussions, and communication practice using scientifically proven techniques. We will help each other develop into expert presenters and lobbyists to persuade our elected officials to become champions for a livable world.

Every year, CCL members meet in Washington DC to update their training and to meet with members of Congress and their aides. There are congressional aides in DC who are expert in different fields. Meeting them and helping them get the information they need to accurately advise the elected officials is a critical step in getting legislation passed.

Last year Congressman Kilmer met with a few members of CCL and was very positive about carbon pricing but made it clear that he would not co-sponsor legislation for a carbon fee and dividend, unless he heard from many of his constituents that it was a priority for them.

Please join the thousands of CCL members who are expanding the social mandate for a strong economy, healthy climate and better future.  The workshop will be led by CCL’s leader in Washington state, Louise Stonington.  We will gather to socialize at 2:30 and the workshop will start at 3.