English Resources

What we do…

We lobby in support of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal by building friendly relationships with our federally elected representatives. We do so with respect, appreciation and gratitude for their service.

 We write letters to the editor and op-eds, and meet with editorial boards to gain their editorial endorsement.

 We facilitate presentations and table at events to promote CCL and introduce others to our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal.

 We support our volunteer chapters with monthly conference calls, and we support the leaders of those chapters with regular conference calls and a network of people to support them.

What we believe…

Politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it. We believe citizens who are well-trained, organized by Ridings and with a good system of support can more than influence the political process.

In respect for all viewpoints, even for those who would oppose us.

Based on what climate scientists and economists tell us, we believe that Carbon Fee and Dividend is the best first step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.

All politics is local. Thus we build political will for a liveable world by building relationships locally with our politicians, community leaders and local media as well as educating our community. The resources below will help you get started:

Getting Started

Welcome to Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada! We educate and lobby for a predictable, incrementally increasing and fair price on carbon pollution policy called “The Carbon Fee and Dividend Act.”

Are you interested in founding a chapter in your area? Here are some resources to get you started.

Here’s some of the basic information about who we are and what we do. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Outreach and Tabling

These are materials that you can use when you attend, speak at, or table at events.

Handouts

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 2.35.15 PM Half-page pamphlet in PDF Updated April 2015
Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 2.52.53 PM General CCL trifold brochure in English and French in Word so you can add and subtract things. Updated May 2017
Admit One Admit One tickets for Wednesday night Introductory Call
Text-to-Join-Color-450x348 FAQs Open letter for business_ONE PAGER_final (pdf) 

Appeal to associations for_CCL open letter 2017 (Word)

Text-to-Join-Color-450x348 Ask people to join CCL by using the new “Text to Join function”. Send a text message (SMS) with the single word Join to the number 619-675-7507
Text-to-Join-Color (pdf)
Text-to-Join-Greyscale (pdf)
Test-to-Join  Poster
Customizable CCL business card, 3.5x2in.Colour: PDF, PNG or JPG
Black/white: PDF, PNG or JPG
Greyscale: PDF, PNG or JPGDon’t forget to put your own contact information on the back, e.g.  black/white or colour
everything is connected cathy orlando 2008 “Everything is connected” poster PDF (English) and French
CCCL2017 postcard.fw To help promote our  2017 multi-day national conference and lobbying days here are a trifold brochure in pdf and Word, one page poster and postcard image.

Display Materials

Parliamentary Petition Project

We’ve made a basic petition for Carbon Fee and dividend in English (PDF or Word doc) and French (PDF or Word) for you to use. You can check out the rules for parliamentary petitions on Parliament’s website.

In June 2017 we launched two new Petitions (pdf):

PURPOSE: We use petitions to educate parliament about the urgency of the climate crisis and our solution. Also, it will could possible empower your MP to be more supportive of Carbon Fee and Dividend if he/she sees local support for our solution.

Instructions:

  • Have people sign the petition at outreach events and/or carry a copy of it and ask friends and acquaintances to sign it.
  • Once you have obtained 30 signatures, call your MP’s office
  • Identify yourself as a constituent of his/her riding
  • Ask if your MP if he/she would be willing read our Parliamentary Petition on climate change in its entirety (excluding the signatories) in the House of Commons
  • Print the petition on legal (8.5 x 14) or letter-size (8.5 x 11) paper.
  • Make sure there are three lines for signatures on the first page.
  • Make sure there is a line at the top of every signature page thereafter indicating that it is a parliamentary petition and its topic.
  • Get at least 25 signatures on the petition – follow the instructions closely. We recommend getting 30 just to be safe.
  • Once completed, copy it for your files if you wish, then bring the original file to your MP’s office in to be read in Parliament.

Hand deliver or send the original copy of the petition to:

YOUR MP’S NAME
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

No stamp is required for Parliament in Ottawa.

If your MP will not read the petition, we can send it to other MPs who will. Follow up by asking when it will be read in Parliament, how it was received and a big thank you via snail mail, email and social media. Please inform us in your monthly Citizens’ Climate Lobby field report if your petition has been read aloud in the House of Commons. It is considered to be outreach.  By informing the national office we can thank them on Twitter and Facebook.

Cabinet Ministers are not permitted to read petitions in the House of Commons as it would constitute a “conflict of interest”. Thus if your MP is a cabinet Minister you should inform him/her about the petition and ask if he or she could suggest another MP from your province who might read the petition instead.

 


PARLIAMENTARY E-PETITION MAY 2016 – IS CLOSED BUT HERE IT IS FOR THE RECORD

On May 11, 2016 CCL Canada launched an e-petition (#e297)  for carbon fee and dividend.  Petition #297  is uniquely located on the Government of Canada’s website. Once an e-petition garners at least 500 signatures and is sponsored by an MP, it can be tabled in Parliament. That would require the government to provide a written response, posted online, within 45 days.

Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine Smith (Liberal) is sponsored our petition.

Check out our e-petition #e297: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-297

 


PLEASE NO MORE NATIONAL ONLINE PETITIONS IN 2017: Some of you may be looking to 2017 and have begun making plans. The National Office will not support national petitions unless there is a well-thought out work plan with timelines, job descriptions and realistic plans that lead to a HUGE number of signees (10,000+++) and that you have buy-in on your plan from most of the CCL group leaders in groups in Canada.
This is complete alignment with CCL USA’s way. Even with close to 50,000 people on their supporter list, they don’t do national petitions. National petitions are not a lever of creating political will. Creating political will the CCL-RESULTS-way is all about what happens in your riding. It all about relationship and not pseudo-connection stuff that happens online.

We have precious time resources in organization. We need to use them wisely so we can all savour the planet – which must come first.

 

Lobbying Tool Kit

Suggested visuals to bring when lobbying

Additional resources

Suggested books to give your MP:

Liz and Cathy with MP Michael Chong

Liz Armstrong, MP Michael Chong and Cathy Lacroix

Open Letter to the Government of Canada / Lettre ouverte au gouvernement du Canada

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From Earth Day 2017 to Canadian Thanksgiving 2017, Canadian CCLers, in preparation for lobbying on Parliament Hill October 21-24, will be securing signatures for our open letter for businesses and organizations that asks for Canada’s carbon price to go onward and upwards.

The impetus for this action comes from two sources:
1) MPs have asked us to do this for them – get business support.
2) Similar open letters have been helpful in generating political will for carbon pricing in other jurisdictions.

How to get signatures: Make a list of community leaders/organizations your group will approach for signatures.  Phone and then email to associations requesting a signature on open letter to federal government. Please record confirmed signatures to the OPEN letters as OUTREACH in your monthly field reports.

Subject: Open Letter to Government of Canada about National Carbon Tax

Dear _________________________________

On Earth Day, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) began inviting businesses and associations to sign an open letter to the government of Canada regarding its national carbon pricing plan. We are reaching out to associations such as yours to inspire businesses to do the same here.

The open letter, which follows this message, supports the Pan-Canadian Clean Growth and Climate Plan in principle, while strongly encouraging the federal government to provide a predictable and rising price on carbon. We are also calling for clarity on the comprehensiveness of the plan and for implementation of border tax adjustments.

CCL Canada is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on creating the political will for a livable planet. We do this through direct lobbying of elected representatives for action on climate change.

We believe that any climate action plan must recognize the needs of Canadian businesses, such as creating a level playing field, as well as clear indications of where government policy is headed.

I sincerely hope that you will consider adding your support you will be joining Analytica AdvisorsArctern VenturesBlueGreen Consulting Group EnertechGeo (Canadian Divsion), Geosource Energy Inc Greening HomesOntario Sustainable Energy Association  and Sage Living. Our elected representatives are much more likely to take action if there is documented support from key businesses and associations like yourself. We plan to present this signed open letter to Members of Parliament when CCL volunteers meet with them in October.

Thank you,

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