Monthly Actions

Since September 2010 in Canada, we have been part of the CCL International Teleconference calls. On the second Saturday of each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers gather locally for a monthly call and meeting where we do three things: educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker, celebrate our accomplishments, and take action.

February 11 Guest Speaker: Sandy Reisky, Apex Clean Energy

sandy-reiskyHow do we speed up the transition to clean energy? On our February call we turn to Sandy Reisky, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Apex Clean Energy, which is developing and managing dozens of wind and solar power projects throughout the U.S. Sandy’s companies have developed over $4 billion of wind and solar facilities. He was founder and president of Greenlight Energy, a leading independent wind energy company that was acquired by BP in 2006. Sandy was also the founder of Axio Power, a utility-scale solar developer; Columbia Power Technologies, a pioneer in wave energy technology; and Greenlight Biofuels, a waste-to-energy company.
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
February 2017 Action Sheets

 


January 14, 2017 Guest Yoram Bauman, Founder of YesOn732.org

yoram-baumunWhat are the lessons we can learn from the defeat of the Washington state carbon tax referendum, Initiative 732? To find out, our guest on January’s call is Yoram Bauman, founder and co-chair of YesOn732.org, which spearheaded the campaign for I-732. Bauman holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Washington and is known as the “Stand-up Economist.” He is co-author of the 1998 book Tax Shift that helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. In 2012, he co-authored with Shi-Ling Hsu an op-ed in the New York Times, The Most Sensible Tax of All.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
January 2017 Action Sheets and 2017 CCL Planning Sheets in PDF and Word

2016 Monthly Guests and Actions

Saturday, December 10, 2016

sam-daley-harris-150x150

Sam Daley-Harris

jay-butera-150x150

Jay Butera

Most members of Congress do not go to Washington with the intention of being a champion for climate change solutions. So, how then do we turn them into one? RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris and CCL Senior Congressional Liaison Jay Butera join our December call to walk us through the process of moving members of Congress up the ladder of leadership on climate change.

Sam is currently the CEO and Founder of the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformationand author of “Reclaiming Our Democracy.”

Jay was instrumental in the founding of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus and is featured in Season Two of National Geographic’s documentary series on climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
December 2016 Action Sheets – note that the call this month is on the CCL Zoom line at 10 am PT / 1 pm


November 12 Guest: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Canadian Climate Scientist

Katharine HayhoeFollowing a very stressful US election season, our colleagues in the USA thought it would be good to hear the calm and reassuring voice of our favorite climate change communicator, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Dr. Hayhoe recently gave CCL a big shout out at the South by South Lawn climate change discussion at the White House with President Obama and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In addition, she just launched a series of short videos on climate change, “Global Weirding.”

 

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
November 2016 Action Sheets – note that the call this month is on the CCL Zoom line at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

 


October 8 Guest: George Lakoff, linguistics expert

lakoffLinguistics expert George Lakoff, author of “Don’t Think of an Elephant,” “The Political Mind,” and many more books examining the power of language, is our guest for the October national call. He’ll share his recent work on the distinction between direct causation and systemic causation, which is the frame through which climate change can be better comprehended. Mr. Lakoff is recently retired from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics.


Listen to or download the call
from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
October 2016 Action Sheets


September 10, 2016 – Former Congressman Bob Inglis

Bob Inglis
As the USA gears up to introduce and pass legislation and Canada is on the verge of passing legislation, this is a good time to look at the nuts and bolts of the legislative process, and who better to guide us than former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis. Inglis, who introduced his own carbon tax bill in 2009, left Congress in 2011 and founded RepublicEn, which is working to build support among conservatives for a market-based solution to climate change.


Listen to or download the call
from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
September 2016 Action Sheets

 


August 13, 2016 – Rikkia Ramsey from Truman Center

rikkia-180x180Our guest for the August 13 national is Rikkia Ramsey, Policy Program Coordinator for the Truman Center. Before joining the Truman Center, Rikkia was Military Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), addressing constituent concerns regarding defense and foreign policy issues. She’ll talk about the Truman Center’s Operation Free, a coalition of veterans and national security experts that advocate for securing America with clean energy. It recognizes that climate change and our dependence on oil, are national security threats and fights on a local, state and federal level for strong clean energy policies.


Listen to or download the call
from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
August 2016 Action Sheets


July 9, 2016 – Matt Anderson, director the National Audubon Society’s Climate Initiative

Matt AndersonOur July guest is Matt Anderson, director the National Audubon Society’s Climate Initiative. In 2014, Audubon released a report, Birds and Climate Change, which found that 314 bird species — nearly half of all North American birds — are severely threatened by global warming. Prior to working at Audubon, Matthew spent two and half years as executive director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE). Before joining NRPE, Matthew directed the Creation Care Fund, which provides financial and technical support to Christian environmental grassroots initiatives.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
July 2016 Action Sheets
#e297 Petition Sheet and Image


June 11, 2016 – Bessie Schwarz, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Bessie SchwarzBessie Schwarz is the Communications Strategist for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, managing media, and outreach analysis. She comes to YPCCC with extensive experience designing, running and winning national and local grassroots campaigns. She has worked with Citizens’ Climate Lobby to help CCL groups leverage the polling information found in YPCCC’s Climate Opinion Maps, which provide state- and district-level detail on public opinion about climate change and climate solutions. As we approach our lobby day on June 21, we’ll talk about how to use Yale’s data in meetings on the Hill.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

June Action Sheets
#e297 Petition Sheet and Image


 

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Climate scientist Dr. James Hansen

James HansenWe’re thrilled to have Dr. James Hansen as our guest for the May national call. Dr. Hansen is the American adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Recognized by many as America’s leading climate scientist, Dr. Hansen is a member of CCL’s Advisory Board and is a strong advocate for CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal. He is the author of Storms of My Grandchildren, and he recently spoke at the Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha to urge support for a revenue-neutral fee on carbon.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

May Action Sheets
#e297 Petition Sheet and Image
Reception Invitation Front and Back


 

Saturday, April 9, 2016 – Renee Lertzman

Renee LertzmanAuthor, teacher, consultant and public speaker Renee Lertzman is our guest for CCL’s April 9 call. She teaches Psychology of Environmental Education and Communication in the MA program at Royal Roads University in British Columbia. Ms. Lertzman’s work focuses on the intersection of psychology, environment and culture to help organizations, governments and businesses devise communication and engagement strategies for the uniquely challenging nature of environmental work. Her latest book is Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement.
April 2016 Action Sheets

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.


 

Saturday, March 12, 2016: U.S. Rep Carlos Curbelo (Florida)

Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo is the March 2016 guest speaker at our monthly meeting.U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican who represents Florida’s 26th District, is our guest for the March 12 call. Along with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), he recently formed the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House. Congressman Curbelo was also the first Republican to cosponsor the climate resolution introduced by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) last September. 
CCL Canada Action Sheets March 2016

Postcard Page (pdf) with 2 images per page , Back of the postcard for Parliamentarians in Ottawa (no postage required), Back of the postcard for all other destinations (postage required)
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

 


Saturday, February 13, 2016: Jeffrey O’Malley, UNICEF

UNICEFOur February guest is Jeffrey O’Malley, Director of the Division of Data, Research and Policy for UNICEF. He is responsible for shaping research and evidence priorities, ensuring that evidence in turn shapes UNICEF policies and strategies. Mr. O’Malley joins our February call to discuss UNICEF’s report,Unless We Act Now, about the impact of climate change on children.
February 2016 CCL Canada Action Sheets as well as the Individual and Group Planning sheets.
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

 


Saturday, January, 9 2016: Political Scientist Hahrie Han

Hahrie HanOur guest speaker at our January meeting is Hahrie Han. Han is the Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in the politics of environmental and social policy, focusing particularly on the role that civic associations play in mobilizing participation in politics and policy advocacy. Hahrie is also the author of the book, How Organizations Develop Activists.
January 2016 CCL Canada Action Sheets as well as the Individual and Group Planning sheets.
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

2015 Monthly Guests and Actions

Saturday, December 6, 2015: Retired Navy Rear Admiral David Titley

Admiral David TitleyOur guest for the December call is Dr. David Titley, a professor of practice in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University and the founding director of their Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. He was also NOAA’s chief operating officer from 2012-2013. Before assuming these positions, he was a rear admiral and the chief oceanographer of the U.S. Navy, in which he served for 32 years.While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.

December 2015 CCL Canada Action Sheets with Endorsement Project asks Primary and Secondary
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

 


Saturday, November  7, 2015: Rob Williams from Resources for the Future

Rob Williams, Resources for the Future

Our guest for the November call is Rob Williams, Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs at Resources for the Future (RFF). He’ll discuss results from two recent papers RFF published that examine the different impacts a revenue-neutral carbon fee would have across U.S. states and across income quintiles if the revenue was recycled to reduce corporate taxes, to reduce payroll taxes, or returned as a dividend. Rob and his RFF colleague Dallas Burtraw will also be featured at the Nov. 19briefings on Capitol Hill before members of Congress.
November Action SheetsLaser Talks November Version
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.


Saturday, October 3, 2015: Patrick Verkooijen from the World Bank

Patrick-Verkooijen World Bank

Our guest for the October call was Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change for the World Bank Group. He has been working closely with Rachel Kyte, the World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, and has been instrumental in the building of the Carbon Pricing Leadership.
October Action Sheets
Listen to or download the call on iTunes or iPod

 


Saturday, September 12, 2015: Jerry Taylor, President of the Niskanen Centre

Jerry Taylor, President of the Niskanen Center

Jerry Taylor is president of the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think tank developing and promoting proposals to legislative and executive branch policymakers. Prior to founding the Center in 2014, Mr. Taylor spent 23 years at the Cato Institute, where he served as director of natural resource studies, assistant editor of Regulation magazine, senior fellow, and then vice president. He is the author of The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax, a paper published earlier this year by the Niskanen Center.
September Action Sheets
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

 


Saturday, August 2  2015 – Sam Daley-Harris: Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation

Sam Daley HArris

How can we maximize the leverage from the media we generate and other actions we take? RESULTS founder and CCL mentor Sam Daley–Harris will join our August call and coach us on best practices to ensure that our actions have the greatest impact with members of Congress. After 15 years with RESULTS, Sam founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign, which he left in 2012 to establish the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.
August Action Sheets
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

 

 


Saturday, July 11,  2015,Patrick Carolan: Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network

Carolan_PatrickNow that the Pope has released his encyclical on climate change, how can we best leverage Francis’ message for policy action? In the run up to the Pope addressing Congress and the UN in September, what messages should we be putting forward in the media? For answers, we’ll turn to Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network, a grassroots organization amplifying the justice efforts of Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people around the country.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
July 2015 Action Sheets


Saturday, June 6, 2015: Danny Richter, CCL Legislative Director

dannyWhat do we really know about people’s carbon footprints? What role does income and geography play? This is important to know, because the greater one’s carbon footprint, the more one will pay under a carbon-pricing regime, and elected officials want to know which of their constituents will be most affected. A new study from the Center for Global Development sheds light on these questions, and CCL’s Legislative Director Danny Richter will walk us through the study and its findings on the June call.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
June 2015 Action Sheets 

 


 

Saturday, May 2, 2015, Tony Leiserowitz: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
Tony Leiserowitz

The “gateway belief,” what makes people more likely to accept the facts on climate change and support public policy solutions, is this simple fact: 97% of climate scientists are convinced, based upon the evidence, that human-caused global warming is happening. On our May call, Tony Leiserowitz from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication will discuss how we can get this vital information across to people and also talk about using the Yale Climate Opinion Maps as a tool for advocacy.

Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
May 2015 Action Sheets 

 


Satruday, April 4, 2015, George Marshall: Climate Outreach and Information Network

George Marshall, Climate Outreach and Information Network
On our April call, we dive into the psychology of climate change communication with George Marshall, author ofDon’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change. Why is there such a big gap between what the scientists tell us about climate change and what the public believes? Marshall, co-founder of the Climate Outreach and Information Network will discuss what we can do to close that gap.
Marshall has 25 years experience working across the environmental spectrum – from community level protest groups to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation to consultancy work for governments and businesses. He is an expert advisor to the Welsh Government on public communications.
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
April 2015 Action Sheets
English Parliamentary Petition – specifically for Carbon Fee and Dividend (April 2015) also in WORD


Saturday, March 7, 2015, Lonnie Ellis: Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant

Lonnie Ellis,<br /> OFS is the Associate Director of the<br /> Catholic Climate CovenantPope Francis will issue his encyclical dealing with climate change this year. What can we expect and what impact will it have in the Catholic community? To find out, we’ll talk to Lonnie Ellis, the Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, which emphasizes the need for Catholics to care for God’s creation and minimize the impact that climate change has on the poor.
March 2015 Action Sheets
Listen to or download the monthly call from our Podcast Channel iTunes.

 


February 7, 2015: Keya Chatterjee:  US Climate Action Network

Keya Chatterjee US Climate Action NetworkWhat other organizations are working on climate change and what are they up to? To find out, we’ll turn to Keya Chatterjee, executive director of the US Climate Action Network. Prior to joining USCAN, Keya served as Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Before that, She was a Climate Change Specialist at USAID. Keya is also the author of The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby.
February 2015 Action Sheets
Post Card Page
Cartoon Page
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.

 


January 10, 2015: David Hone: Climate Change Advisor for Shell

David Hone, Climate Advisor for ShellOn our January call, we’ll discuss why businesses should embrace carbon pricing with our guest David Hone, Climate Change Advisor for Shell. He is also a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association and also the Washington-based Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Check out David’s blog, which includes recent posts about the COP20 meeting in Lima.
Listen to or download the call from our podcasting channel or iTunes.
January 2015 Action Sheets
CCL National Framework for 2015 PDF
Group planning form WORD and PDF 
Goal Setting 2015 Page 

2014 Monthly Guests and Actions

December 6, 2014: Allan Savory of the Savory Institute

Savory

Can we reverse desertification and sequester carbon through cattle herding?

That’s the hopeful theory behind the work of our December guest, Allan Savory of the Savory Institute, who began developing his holistic management methodology in Zimbabwe in the 1980s.
Listen to December 2014 call on our podchannel or on MP3  
December 2014 Action Sheets 
CCL Canada Fundraising leave behind
The Canadian carbon dividend check –  to put in your Christmas cards


November 1, 2014: Charles Kennel, Former director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Charles-Kennel

2C or not 2C? That was the question on CCL’s November international call. Charles Kennel, who was the ninth director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a former Associate Administrator at NASA, is our November guest. He recently co-authored an article in the journal Nature arguing that it is time to abandon the 2C warming goal and track a range of vital signs instead, provoking “hot” debate in the climate science world.

November 2014 Action Sheets
Nature Paper – Ditch the two degree warming goal
Laser Talks
Listen to the November Call  


October 4, 2014: Adam Browning – Vote Solar

Adam BrowningAdam Browning is co-founder and executive director of Vote Solar, which works at the state, federal and local level to implement programs and policies that allow strong  solar markets to grow — and pave the way for a transition to a renewable energy economy. On October’s call, Adam will share his insights from building support among conservatives for clean-energy policies. Prior to Vote Solar, Adam spent eight years with the EPA where he ran an award-winning pollution prevention program.
October 2014 Action Sheets
Listen to the October Call  


Saturday September 6, 2014: Rear Adm. Len Hering (ret.), Center for Sustainable Energy

Len HeringRear Admiral Len Hering Sr. (ret.) joins our next call to talk about the impact that climate change is having on national security. Hering is Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego. During his career in the Navy, Hering  built a team that reduced energy consumption by nearly 42%, diverted 75% of Navy waste from landfills and reduced water consumption by more than one billion gallons. He instigated wind, thermal, photovoltaic and conversion technology at all levels in Navy facilities.

September 2014 Action Sheets
Listen to the September Call

 

 


Saturday August 2 2014: Scott Nystrom, Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Scott-Nystrom-pic-LRAs our volunteers prepare for meetings with MPs during the summer months, it’s a good time to check in with Scott Nystrom, Senior Economic Associate at REMI, to answer questions about their groundbreaking study showing that a carbon tax, done the right way, will add millions of jobs to the U.S. economy.
August 2014 Action Sheets
Listen to the August Call
August Post Card – I want my carbon dividend

 

 


July 2014: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate change evangelist

hayhoeWhat could possibly top 600 volunteers lobbying in DC for a carbon tax? How about a national call with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, cited as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for bridging the gap on climate change between the scientific and religious communities? Oh, yes, and she’s been featured in Showtime’s (soon to be award-winning) “Years of Living Dangerously.” Katharine is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change. An expert reviewer for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, her life’s work has been dedicated to discovering and communicating the realities of a changing climate to those who will be affected most by it. She directs of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Together with her husband Andrew Farley, lead teaching pastor of Ecclesia, she wrote “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions”, a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming.

July 2014 Action Sheets (pdf)
Listen to the July Call


June 2014: Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

As we prepare for meetings in Washington, we thought it would be a good time to check in with Tony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. He is an expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change.

June 2014 Action Sheets (pdf)
Listen to the June Call


May 2014: Dana Nuccitelli from SkepticalScience.com

Dana NuccitelliThe cost of cutting carbon emissions is a lot cheaper than we think, according to the latest IPCC report. Guardian blogger and SkepticalScience.com contributor Dana Nuccitelli will help us dive into the economics of curbing fossil fuel use on our next call. Dana Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist at a private environmental consulting firm in the Sacramento, California area. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in physics from the University of California at Davis. He has been researching climate science, economics, and solutions since 2006, and has contributed to Skeptical Science since September, 2010.

May 2014 Action Sheets
Listen to the May Call

May’s action was to invite our MPs to The Change Agents Movie, which is being screened by MP Atamanenko on June 3, 2014.
Note that one of the themes in  The Change Agents film is about youth anxiety as result of the environmental crises facing us. Learn more about youth anxiety regarding the climate crisis in this article published in the Globe and Mail on May 1.

 


April 2014: Scott Nystrum from Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI)

Scott Nystrom pic LRWhat’s the economic impact of a carbon tax if the revenue is recycled back into the economy? Scott Nystrum from Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) will discuss their recent study about the impact such a tax would have on California. Spoiler alert: The news is good. Scott is a Senior Economic Associate at REMI and holds a B.S. in economics and an M.A. in economic history from Iowa State University. His major projects have included impact analyses on energy, healthcare, labor, transportation, state taxes and budgets, and federal fiscal policy.

April 2014 Action Sheets
Listen to the April Call

 


March 2014: Eli Lehrer, President of R Street Institute

Eli Lehrer is president and co-founder of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C. Prior to co-founding R Street, Lehrer was vice president of the Heartland Institute. He also played a major role in founding SmarterSafer.org, a coalition of taxpayer, environmental, insurance and free-market groups dedicated to risk-based insurance rates, mitigation and environmental protection. On our March call, Lehrer will discuss the no-nonsense view of climate change held by the insurance and re-insurance industry, which has the most to lose for getting it wrong. We’ll have the opportunity also to discuss the problems that conservatives have with climate change solutions and how we might overcome those problems.

March 2014 Action Sheets
Listen to March Call


February 2014: Jon Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt, a professor in the Business and Society Program at NYU-Stern, is a social psychologist and author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis. He’ll discuss how we came to be so politically polarized as a nation and what needs to happen to restore a more cooperative system of governing. “To live virtuously as individuals and as societies, we must understand how our minds are built. We must find ways to overcome our natural self-righteousness. We must respect and even learn from those whose morality differs from our own.”

February 2014 Action Sheets
Listen to February Call – MP Joyce Murray (Vancouver-Quadra) was a special guest on the call. The Canadian report from the field was about MP Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay – Superior North) debating the merits of carbon fee and dividend on the floor of the House of Commons on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The laser talk read on the call was about NAFTA and Carbon Fee and Dividend.
English Parliamentary Petition – specifically for Carbon Fee and Dividend
Valentine’s Day Resources


January 2014: Adele Morris of the Brookings Institution

Adele Morris is a fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. Her expertise and interests include the economics of policies related to climate change, energy, natural resources, and public finance. She joined Brookings in July 2008 from the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress, where she spent a year as a Senior Economist covering energy and climate issues. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from Rice University.
Morris was cited in this recent Washington Post blog: Could the EPA push a carbon tax on its own? Maybe — here’s how.

January  2014 Action Sheets

Listen to January Call

2013 Monthly Guests and Actions

December 2013: Anne Kelly of Ceres on enrolling businesses on climate policy

Anne L. Kelly is Director of Public Policy at Ceres, a non-profit coalition of investors and companies, which seeks to promote leadership and best practices in sustainability. Anne directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of twenty-three leading consumer-facing companies, including Nike, Starbucks and eBay, seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal level. On the call Anne Kelly said CCL had a great brand! Also listen to Peter Joseph talk CCL’s meeting George Schultz and the summary of the CCCLConf2013.

Listen to the December Call
December 2013 Action Sheets – write your MP and the Finance minister a letter. Contact your local Liberal MP or riding association and ask them to consider carbon fee and dividend. Our 2014 fundraising drive has begun.


November 2013Working with Faith Communities

Eric Sapp is founder of Eleison Group, a consulting firm that helps political, non-profit, business and government entities better understand America’s rich and complex faith landscape and build relationships with people of faith from across the ideological spectrum on the local and national level. He has been a regular speaker on faith and politics on television and radio shows.

November 2013 Action Sheets
Listen to the November Call

1. Submit the media release about Citizens Climate Lobby’s first Canadian Conference to your local media outlets. Call in and leave a voice message or submit online to your local radio stations our public service announcement for our upcoming conference and lobbying days.

2. In preparation for the lobbying days in Ottawa, please start practicing The Time is Now – Le Moment est Venu Laser Talks.

 


October, 2013: All about the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report 

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change rolls out its Fifth Assessment Report, our October national call will turn to Dr. John Abraham, IPCC reviewer and climate scientist at the Univ. of St. Thomas in St. Paul. What’s changed since the 2007 report? What are the most important takeaways from the new report? Let’s ask a climate scientist!

 October Action Sheet          Listen to October Call

October’s Actions were:
1. Le moment est venu – the time is now for Citizen Climate Lobbyists to meet with your Member of Parliament in Ottawa during our first annual conference and lobbying days. Monday, November 18, 2013 is the preferred day for us to lobby our Members of Parliament as that is our official day of lobbying. Please note, however, that some of us will be lobbying in Ottawa until Thursday, November 21st.

2. Register your support online for Citizens Climate Lobby if you have not already done so: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/group-member-registration


September, 2013: Paul Beckwith, The University of Ottawa

The month of September is the time of year when the Arctic typically reaches its minimum ice extent. To further educate ourselves about the processes governing ice extent in the Arctic, and the importance of Arctic Ice in the climate system, we’re going to have Paul Beckwith as our speaker. Paul is a grad student pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Ottawa, and a member of the Ottawa CCL Chapter.

September 2013 Action Sheets (Canada)
Listen to September Call

September’s actions were: Parliament has been prorogued. Thus you can still meet with your MP in your home riding. Ask your MP to sign the Climate Fast Pledge if they have not done so already.  Book a meeting between CCL and your MP for Monday, November 18, 2013. Participate in a solidarity event with the Climate Fast.
September’s Laser Talks are:
1) Canada’s Citizens Climate Lobby.
2) The Five Chief Ways to Price Carbon.
3) Carbon Fee and Dividend.


AUGUST 2013Guest is Sam Gomberg, Union of Concerned Scientists 

How will a carbon tax affect farmers? This is the question  often asked by politicians who have agricultural constituents. On the August call, joining us to shed some light on this topic is Sam Gomberg, an energy analyst at the Midwest office of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He advocates for responsible energy policies that support the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency resources, and that result in significant reductions of global warming emissions. Before joining UCS, Sam was a policy manager for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).
August 2013 Action Sheets (Canada)
Listen to August Call

August’s actions are: 1) Practice July and August’s laser talks & use them to write letters to the editor. 2) Book a meeting with your MP during the summer recess. 3) Take stock and/or familiarize yourself with some of the ongoing actions at Canada’s CCL.


JULY’S NATIONAL CALL: Guest is Lynne Twist of the Pachamama Alliance; Reports from CCL’s conference

Lynne Twist, a board member of the Pachamama Alliance, has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in.

July 2013 Action Sheets (Canada)

Listen to July Call

 


June 2013 400 ppms! The Keeling Curve and Speaking the Issues

On the June call, we’ll have an abbreviated educational section, with Dr. Lauren Rafelski from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography explaining the Keeling Curve and the 400 parts per million milestone that was passed last month. The rest of the call will be devoted to an essential activity that few of us take the time to do: practicing our speaking so that we become fluent in communicating all the issues that are critical to our success as climate advocates.
Click Here for June’s Action Sheets
Listen to the June Conference Call

 


MAY 2013: US SENATE CLIMATE CHAMPION

Nearly every week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) goes to the floor of the Senate to speak about climate change and the urgent need for congressional action. Earlier this year he organized the Bicameral Climate Change Task Force, which meets regularly to discuss national climate policy. Along with three other members of Congress, Whitehouse authored a carbon tax discussion draft seeking public comment. We’ll talk to him about the discussion draft and the potential for legislation in this Congress.
ACTIONS: Our Horizon Initiative of putting warnings on gas pumps, Prepare a two page dossier on  your MP by June 1
Click HERE for May’s Action Sheets
Listen to the May Conference Call

 


APRIL 2013: The story of CCL 

and how we became a force for climate advocacy — will be published in a book this fall. Joining us for the April national call was the author of that book, Sam Daley-Harris. The 20th anniversary edition of Sam’s book, “Reclaiming Our Democracy,” includes a new chapter in the growth of citizen empowerment — Citizens Climate Lobby. Sam is the founder of RESULTS, the advocacy organization that serves as the model for CCL, and has been coaching our organization since its inception. He recently founded the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation to bring this model to other organizations.
ACTIONS: Table at an Earth Day event, contact the NDP about the Northern Council’s policy motion and register your support for CCL online.
Listen to the April Conference Call
April Action Sheets
Notes from the Call

 


MARCH 2013 – THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSSESSMENT

Dr. Amanda Staudt is a climate scientist with the National Wildlife Federation who uses her expertise to translate complex scientific theories into terms the public an understand. Dr. Staudt connects the dots between global warming and weather related phenomenon including wildfires, hurricanes, increased flooding and drought in certain areas of the country. On our next call, she will  give an overview of the National Climate Assessment, a report that will be finalized and released later this year.

March Action sheets
Listen to the March Conference Call

 


FEBRUARY 2013: OCEAN ACIDIFICATION – THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW Dr. Martin Tresguerres, assistant professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
ACTIONS: Prepare for Obama’s State of the Union address, the Climate Fast and Parliamentary Petitions
Download February 2013 Conference Call
Click HERE for February’s Action Sheets
Click HERE for February’s notes from the call

 

 


JANUARY 2013: MORAL DOMAINS, CONSERVATIVES; LIBERALS AND HOW TO COMMUNICATE CLIMATE CHANGE – with Dr. Robb Willer, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, UC Berkeley.
ACTION: Set 2013 personal and group goals.
Listen to the January Conference Call
Click HERE for January’s Action Sheets
Click HERE for January’s notes from the call
Additional resources:
Robb Willer’s Psycholocial Science Study 2012: The Moral Roots of Environmental Attitudes
Robb Willer’s Psychological Science Study 2011: Apocalypse Soon? : Dire Messages Reduce Belief in Global Warming by Contradicting Just-World Beliefs

 

2012 Monthly Guests and Actions

December 2012 : Dr. Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, there are many questions about this disaster’s connection to climate change. For answers, we turn to Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, which went to the IPCC. He has published over 480 scientific articles or papers, including 47 books or book chapters, and over 213 refereed journal articles and has given many invited scientific talks as well as appearing in a number of television, radio programs and newspaper articles. He is listed among the top 20 authors in highest citations in all of geophysics. He recently wrote in The Scientist, “As Mark Twain said in the late 19th century, ‘Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.’ Now humans are changing the weather, and nobody does anything about it! As we have seen this year, whether from drought, heat waves and wild fires, or super storms, there is a cost to not taking action to slow climate change, and we are experiencing this now.”

Listen to the December Conference Call
Click HERE for December’s Action Sheets


November 2012 : Dr. Wendy Ring, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Dr. Wendy Ring, a physician in Northern California who has practiced family medicine for 25 years, will talk about the impact climate change is expected to have on our health. Dr. Ring, a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, recently completed a cross-country bicycle trip to “wake people up to the danger we face and the need to move clean energy to the top of our national agenda.” Near the end of her trip, she teamed up with CCL to lead briefings for congressional staffers in Washington.

View Dr. Wendy Ring’s slide show presentation here.
Listen to the November Conference Call
Click HERE for November’s Action Sheets

 


October 2012 : Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Our October guest is America’s leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, author of “Storms of My Grandchildren.” Hansen is perhaps best known for bringing global warming to the world’s attention in the 1980s, when he first testified before Congress. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and at Columbia’s Earth Institute, his most recent report draws the connection between extreme weather events of recent years and climate change. Writing in a Washington Post oped, Hansen said, “Our analysis shows that, for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.”
ACTIONS: Flash Phone Mob Minister Flaherty. Prepare for lobbying in Ottawa.
Listen to the October Conference Call
Click HERE for October’s Action Sheets


September 2012 : Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

As the clock ticks down toward the tipping point on global warming, is there a way to buy more time for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? An initiative launched by the U.S. State Department earlier this year aims to do just that by regulating and reducing non-CO2 sources of global warming – methane, soot and ozone. This initiative is being guided by the research of our September conference call guest, Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Director of the Center for Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is currently working on Project Surya to replace traditional biomass cooking in developing countries with clean-burning cook stoves that can slash emissions, improve indoor air quality and curb climate pollutants at the same time. Dr. Ramanathan also co-chaired the publication of Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, a report from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
ACTIONS: Write you MPs about the weather disasters. Contact your local and national weather persons
Listen to the September Conference Call
Click HERE for September’s Action Sheets


JULY 2012 AND AUGUST – we prepared and debriefed after our lobbying in Washington DC (175 lobbyists met with 303 representative or the aides including 9 Canadians) , which was a mostly a USA driven initiative, so we took some down time in Canada.
Listen to the August Conference Call
Click HERE for July’s Action Sheets

 

 

 


June 2012: Former Congressman Bob Inglis

Bob-InglisFormer Congressman Bob Inglis, a Republican from South Carolina, served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before leaving office in 2011. During his tenure, he introduced the Raise Wages, Cut Carbon Act of 2009, a bill to tax carbon and return the revenue through cuts in payroll taxes. Since leaving Congress, he continues to be a staunch advocate for a national policy to price carbon. Early in his career, Inglis was a climate change skeptic. His views began to shift after a conversation with his son, who had recently turned 18. “My son said to me, ‘Dad, I’ll vote for you, but you got to clean up your act on the environment.’ His sisters and mother agreed and so, I mean, that’s a pretty important constituency to please.”
ACTIONS: Federal Environment Week and Blackout Speakout
Listen to the June Conference Call
Click HERE for June’s Action Sheets


May 2012 : Major Gen. Anthony L. Jackson, USMC, retired

Major General Jackson recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after 36 years of service. Prior to his retirement, Major General Jackson served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West. Mindful of the strategic risks inherent in petroleum-based fuels, Jackson has been a strong advocate of Defense Department initiatives to use more energy from clean, renewable sources and less from fossil fuels. His personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal (w/two gold stars for second and third award), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/two gold stars), and the Navy Commendation Medal (w/one gold star).
ACTIONS: Write letters to the editor for Broken Earth Day. Special Instructions for Federal Environment Week.
Listen to the May Conference Call
Click HERE for May’s Action Sheets


April 2012: Shi-Ling Hsu, author of ‘The Case for a Carbon Tax”

Shi-Ling Hsu is Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Law, where he has taught since 2004. Dr. Hsu has also been an Associate Professor at George Washington University. He has taught courses in Environmental Law, Climate Change, Law and Economics, and Property. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Hsu was Senior Attorney and Economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C. In “The Case for a Carbon Tax,” Hsu explores the social and political factors that prevent us from embracing this commonsense approach to addressing climate change. And he shows why we must get past our hang-ups if we are to avert a global crisis.
ACTIONS: Attend Earth Day events. Prepare for 350.org’s Connect the Dots. Write Flaherty and demand an end to tax breaks for Big Oil.
Listen to the April Conference Call
Click HERE for April’s Action Sheets


March 2012: Robert W. Howarth, Cornell University

Bob Howarth is the author of a study published last year that examined the greenhouse gas footprint of extracting shale gas through hydraulic fracturing. He is the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmetal Biology at Cornell. Bob chairs the International SCOPE Biofuels Project, directs the Agriculture, Energy & the Environment Program (AEEP, formerly AEP) at Cornell University, and represents the State of New York on the science and technical advisory committee of the Chesapeake Bay Program. He has worked extensively on environmental issues related to human-induced changes in the sulphur, nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon cycles, the impacts of global climate change, and interaction of energy systems and the environment. PDF of Handout
ACTIONS: Write a letter to the editor responding to the rising cost of gasoline.
Listen to the March Conference Call
Click HERE for March’s Action Sheets


 

FEBRUARY, 2012 GUEST: Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute

Physicist Amory Lovins is Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org) and Chairman Emeritus of Fiberforge Corporation (www.fiberforge.com). His wide-ranging innovations in energy, security, environment, and development have been recognized by the Blue Planet, Volvo, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, and 11 honorary doctorates. He advises governments and major firms worldwide on advanced energy and resource efficiency, has briefed 20 heads of state, and has led the technical redesign of more than $30 billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors to achieve very large energy savings at typically lower capital cost. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, he has published 29 books and hundreds of papers and has taught at eight universities. His most recent book is
“Reinventing Fire”.  

Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era.”
Listen to the February Conference Call
February 2012 Actions Sheets


January 2012: Daphne Wysham, Institute for Policy Studies fellow

Daphne WyshamDaphne Wysham is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and is the founder and co-director of theSustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). She has worked on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies since 1996. She is a frequent guest speaker on the concerns around carbon markets — and carbon offsets in particular — in generating meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Wysham has played a leadership role on Capitol Hill, advising the Congressional Progressive Caucus on a progressive agenda for climate change. Her writings, commentary and analysis has appeared in national news publications and on radio and TV, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Grist, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and on Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and Marketplace, among others. From 2003 to May of 2011, she hosted Earthbeat Radio and TV. She was arrested at the White House during the Keystone XL pipeline protests this past summer.

ACTION: Set 2012 personal and group goals.
Listen to the January Conference Call
Click HERE for January’s Action Sheets

2011 Monthly Guests and Actions

December 2011: Col. Mark ‘Puck’ Mykleby, USMC, co-author of ‘A National Strategic Narrative’

Mark “Puck” Mykleby has served as a Marine fighter pilot, participating in combat operations in support of Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM. From July 2009 until April 2011 he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff developing grand strategy. He is co-author of “A National Strategic Narrative,” a report suggesting that America must “move beyond a strategy of containment to a strategy of sustainment(sustainability); from an emphasis on power and control to an emphasis on strength and influence;from a defensive posture of exclusion, to a proactive posture of engagement.” Mark retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011 and has joined LRN, a company dedicated to helping organizations build ethical, values-based cultures that inspire principled performance in business and in life.

Download the December Action Sheet
Listen to the December Call

 


November 2011 : Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and co-author of ‘A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions’

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on the potential impacts of human activities at the regional scale. She is an associate professor at Texas Tech University and director of the TTU Climate Science Center, as well as CEO of the scientific consulting company ATMOS Research. Her past assessments for California, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast have been cited in IPCC assessments, presented before Congress, and highlighted by state and federal agencies as motivation for the implementation of policies to reduce human emissions of greenhouse gases. She teamed up with author, professor and pastor Andrew Farley, to write “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions,” a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming.

Listen to the November Conference Call

November Action Sheet

 


October 2011: Dr. Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University

Dr. Jacobson’s research evaluates the atmospheric effects of proposed energy solutions to climate change and air pollution, examines resource availability of renewable energies, and studies optimal methods of combining renewable energy resources. He co-authored a new study analyzing what is needed to convert the world’s energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources. His study says it can be done with today’s technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy. But converting will be a massive undertaking on the scale of the moon landings. What is needed most is the societal and political will to make it happen.

Listen to the October Call

 

 

 


September 2011 : Anthony Leiserowitz, Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University

Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD, is director of the Yale Project on Climate Change and a research scientist at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is also a principal investigator at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University. He is a widely recognized expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior.
Download Dr. Leiserowitz’ Power Point presentation that accompanies the call.

Listen to the September Call

 

 


August 2011: CDR. Blake McBride, USN Task Force Climate Change

This month’s conference call guest, Commander M. Blake McBride III, will talk about some of the challenges the U.S. Navy faces in a changing climate. CDR McBride is a naval meteorology and oceanography officer and has served as the Executive Officer of the U.S. National/Naval Ice Center in Suitland, Maryland. He also served as a Meteorology and Oceanography Officer on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, completing two deployments during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in physics, meteorology and physical oceanography, hydrographic science, and national security and strategic studies.

Listen to the August Conference Call

 

 

 


July 2011 : Tom Rand, Venture Capitalist and Author

TomRand-noBG-300x300Tom Rand, Venture Capitalist and Author of  Kick The Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World is a 2010 book by clean energy joined us on the call and outlined why policy is needed to make sure technologies are used in the market.

Listen to the July Conference Call

 

…. some day we may load all the actions and guests going  back to our first CCL Canada call with CCL USA in September 2010 .. who knows.