The Seattle area Citizens Climate Lobby
Our meetings are on the first Saturday of each month, and all are welcome.
Email Anne Engstrom at achelan @ aol . com to get location (usually in north Seattle), to get more info, and/or to RSVP.
Here's what happens at the meetings:
- 9:30 - 10am potluck breakfast (optional) for informal discussion of climate change issues, including laughter and rants.
- 10-11am Conference call with all of the other Citizens Climate Lobby groups across the US and Canada and with a high-level expert in the climate or legislative field. Information on the specific speaker for a given meeting is posted at http://www.citizensclimatelobby.org/ about one week before the meeting. You can also see what the conference calls are like before you go.
- 11- 12noon or 12:15 Planning for legislative or community action, networking, setting deadlines, etc.
The goal of CCL is to generate the political will to address climate change.
We do this by engaging citizen’s groups to lobby for legislation at the national level. Working with Phinney-Greenwood CCAN, we have started a local chapter of CCL here in Jim McDermott’s district. Our work here is particularly important because of Representative McDermott’s appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is in charge of taxes.
The national Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) was founded on the observation that, though important, the actions that we can take as individuals are easily outpaced by the (dis-)environmental policies of our government. As we all know, this lack of positive government action does not result from a lack of possible solutions: we have today, at our disposal, all of the tools and technology needed to address the next 50 years of climate mitigation. In the words of Al Gore, “We lack only one thing: we lack the political will.”
We focus on developing relationships with congressional representatives and the local media through letters, phone calls, and meetings. The time commitment for participation in CCL is fairly low: Group members convene once a month for a national conference call, write the occasional letter to the editor, and help make monthly calls to our elected representatives. Don’t worry about having a limited schedule! We welcome you to commit as much or as little time as you have.
If you are interested in participating in the Seattle area CCL, or have questions, email us at:
achelan @ aol . com
If you would like to create a chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby in your own community, the How-To is here.