ICYMI: CCL Canada Featured in an Activist Guidebook  

CCL Canada Featured in an Activist Guidebook

The Spark of Connection Social Mobilization for Climate Action was written and compiled by Andrea Hedly, a British Columbian sustainable community planner and engagement specialist.

The Guidebook draws upon four case studies of successful climate mobilizers. Climate mobilizers are dynamic leaders in organizations inspiring citizens to take part in climate action. Their common link is in finding ways of bringing people into the climate movement, whether on a neighbourhood sidewalk or inside government chamber walls.

The four case studies are:
CASE STUDY 1: 350.ORG
CASE STUDY 2: CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY
CASE STUDY 3: CIVICSPARK
CASE STUDY 4: COVALLIS SUSTAINABILITY COALITION

Here is an excerpt:

“CCL has a different approach to activism than what I typically see, like raising signs and going against something,” said Firme, “we always like to start our meetings by thanking the politicians about something and approaching them with a sense of respect and appreciation for what they do.” Orlando and Firme stress the value of building authentic, respectful connections. “You have to communicate, listen, and build relationships with your members of parliament. Really listen to them and show that you care,” said Orlando, “Political parties are run by people and they need our help.” Since CCL Canada formed, Orlando and her team have helped citizens all over Canada make hundreds of connections with MPs, through letters, phone calls and face-to-face meetings. CCL Canada’s role in influencing political will toward adopting a carbon fee and dividend model—as
announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018—can’t be understated.

 


About the Author
 Andrea Hedley is a sustainable community planner and engagement specialist. She provides communities and organizations with tools for education and civic engagement on climate change and sustainability. Her work includes: developing community plans that integrate sustainability; educating citizens on climate and sustainability; and facilitating multi-stakeholder groups and public engagement processes. Recently, Andrea developed a guidebook of best practices on how organizations can improve civic participation in climate initiatives.