Why donate today?
On March 21, the IPCC released its final assessment report in its sixth cycle (AR6) – the Synthesis report. The report is a how-to guide on diffusing the climate time bomb. The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, “We must do everything, everywhere, all at once.”
We can do everything, everywhere, all at once
How? Because there are countless climate organizations. By each of us focusing our energies on our niches in the climate movement, we can create a thriving and equitable planet. Our lobbying focus is our superpower at CCL Canada.
We lobby for the greater good
Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers (CCLers) are the best lobbyists money can’t buy. Their long-term commitment is unparalleled in the climate crisis. Their donation of time is priceless. Across Canada, CCLers have been meeting monthly on regularly scheduled teleconference calls since September 2010. Last year was an unforgettable year. In 2022 our volunteers documented 102 lobbying sessions with Parliamentarians and 586 media hits. They want to do more, and they will with your help.
How the money will be spent
Our 2023–2024 schedule includes two big in-person conferences with lobbying days in Ottawa. The costs of a conference average about $300-$400 per person. We charge a fee of $75 and offer special discounts for people who may not otherwise be able to attend. Over the course of two days at these conferences we share meals together, host receptions with our parliamentarians and provide a stellar line-up of guest speakers. Estimated total costs for both conferences: $20,000
As well, in 2024, with your help, we plan to produce public service announcements educating the public about climate solutions. Why? Because most Canadians can’t name a single climate policy, and we need to help counter the carbon pricing disinformation. We produced commercials in 2015. We have the institutional wisdom to make it happen. The estimated cost is $10,000.
If you are blessed with financial abundance, then please consider donating $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000, or more to CCL Canada today.
You can also donate monthly. Small monthly donations add up, and they give us the flexibility we need to stay focused on supporting our volunteers while free of financial concerns.
Graciously, we have a matching donation of $3,000 for our current campaign. As of March 24, we have raised $1,738, and it has been matched.
How to donate
You can make out your cheque to “Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada” and mail it to:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada
2195 Armstrong Street
Sudbury, ON P3E 4W2
Or you can donate directly to our Canadian account at PayPal:
Donations to us are not tax-deductible because we lobby, we train people to lobby, and we run conferences and lobbying days at significant expense to our organization. All of these activities are non-charitable activities. We are grateful for the tens of thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours that have been donated to us by everyday Canadians over the years.
Your donation at this critical moment in history means the world to us.
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We have the best volunteers on the planet.
We have won before, and we’re going to win again with your help.
We Use a Proven Theory of Change
We use a proven theory of change. How do we know it works? We were the group that lobbied over 1200 times for your Climate Action Incentive quarterly cheques.
On October 16, 2018, Senator Grant Mitchell said to us, “You are one of the most successful lobbying groups I have worked with because you are about to get what you lobbied for.”
Then on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Canada announced it was going to enact an incrementally rising carbon price with rebates. It needed some improvements, so we continued to lobby our parliamentarians.
WE DID IT AGAIN! On Friday, December 11, 2020, improvements to Canada’s carbon pricing policy were announced. We were ecstatic when we read about the improvements they made. The government of Canada pretty much cut and pasted what we had lobbied our MPs for between 2018-2020. And we continue to follow the money.
Follow the money?
Much of the trillions of dollars of financing for fossil fuels come from the private sector. Thus, redirecting private sector finance away from fossil fuels is key. Policies such as an incrementally rising price on carbon pollution pricing with equal dividends to households that includes carbon border adjustment mechanisms as well as reforms at the World Bank, and climate risk disclosure rules for financial institutions would provide clear signals to redirect financial flows away from fossil fuels while not burdening the taxpayer.
We focus on improving Canada’s carbon pricing policy and pushing for carbon border adjustment mechanisms, especially with our CCL USA colleagues. As well, some of our Canadian volunteers alongside our colleagues around the world from over 30 countries are pushing for reforms at the World Bank. Here is the document they are sending to their executive directors at the World Bank. Lastly, alongside over 70 organizations in Canada, we are also supporting Senator Rosa Galvez’s private member’s bill: the Climate Aligned Finance Act.
About CCL Canada
We have been accumulating institutional wisdom since 2010. We are laser-focused on building the political will for policies that will shift trillions of dollars globally toward a thriving and equitable planet while not burdening the taxpayer.
We empower individuals so that they experience significant growth in their own political and personal power, as well as discover and celebrate their capacity to make a significant difference in this world. Our volunteers break down partisan and ideological barriers by reaching out to key stakeholders to build positive, effective working relationships.
Our work is not done. Pricing greenhouse gas pollution is under attack. Also, like during COVID, there are populist movements that ignore science at the peril of humanity. Consequently, we are not on track for the 1.5 C Paris Agreement target nor the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But the good news is we can achieve these goals while not burdening the taxpayer. All we need now is to be brave and build political will. We have a proven theory of change. And we are going to prevail.
Democracy requires a healthy and polite engagement between citizens and politicians. At the very core of our work at Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada are relationships. Thank you for learning more about us.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
- Donations made to CCL USA from Canada stay at CCL USA.
- A board pre-approves all expenditures
- A board approves all withdrawals of money
- Two people must co-sign to remove money from our national account
We are grateful to our donors. We would never have been able to conduct nine national conferences and lobby days in Ottawa, four Ontario regional conferences, and lobbied collectively 16 times on Parliament Hill (virtually during COVID) since 2011 without their unconditional giving and trust. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we also conducted four national conferences too.