LASER TALK: About Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada

MP Paul Lefebvre co-hosted an all-party climate reception with us in June 2016.

About Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on strengthening and harmonizing Canada’s carbon pricing policy nationally. Our consistently respectful and nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for carbon pricing not just in Canada, but globally and across all political inclinations. 

Since its inception in September 2010, CCL Canada has lobbied relentlessly for Canada to adopt Carbon Fee and Dividend as our national carbon pricing policy. Spanning almost 10 years, we have recorded over 1000 meetings with parliamentarians and appeared over three thousand times on the editorial pages of Canadian newspapers.

On October 13,  2018, Citizens Climate Lobby was on Parliament Hill for the 13th time. And thirteenth time lucky is what the foray onto Parliament Hill will be remembered as. While on the hill, there were indications that Carbon Fee and Dividend was going to be announced as the official backstop policy for pricing carbon pollution in Canada. 

Additionally, at that time the senator for Edmonton, AB Senator Grant Mitchell said, “you are one of the most successful lobbying groups I have worked with because you are about to get what you lobbied for.”

Subsequently, three MPs and an Environment Minister in a Canadian province have confirmed that CCL’s relentless focus was helpful in determining the final structure of Canada’s carbon pricing policy.

Our work is far from over, in fact it feels like we have only just begun. As all seasoned environmental and social justice advocates know, gains made must then be defended.  As well,we are in a global emergency, Canada’s current carbon pricing policy needs a lot of improvements, and we have a potentially unstable minority government. For these reasons, CCL Canada is doubling down on our efforts to build political will for effective carbon pricing nationally. We will be using an updated version of the Canadian Carbon Pricing Guidelines document (COMING SOON) to guide us.

We are action-oriented, highly focused and we are not guessing. Most of all we like to have fun. In less than 10 hours a month, guided by our core values, especially our superpower, focus, our volunteers are continuing to create the political will locally for predictably rising and harmonized carbon pricing in Canada.

 

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