Lobbying for the Greater Good

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Have you read David Bornstein’s piece in the New York Times on CCL?Here’s an excerpt:“The Citizens Climate Lobby is taking very sophisticated ideas and putting them into letters and op-eds and face-to-face meetings with members of Congress,” explained  Bob Inglis, a South Carolina Republican who served 12 years in the House of Representatives and now directs the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University. “I think they’ve moved the needle on this issue.”

In the same week, climate hero Dr. James Hansen — one keynote speaker for CCL’s conference in Washington — had some great things to say about the organization in a Huffington Post blog, calling it “a democratic force to be reckoned with”.

With now more than 100 chapters across North America, Citizens Climate Lobby is anticipating 375 climate activists converging on DC at the end of the month, where they plan to meet with every office in the House and Senate.

My personal favorite excerpt from the article was a line from Elli Sparks who founded the Richmond VA CCL chapter.

“Sparks says it’s necessary to get out of your “comfort zone.” “If it feels comfortable, ‘I’m going to sign this petition; I’m going to post it on Facebook,’” she said, “then you’re not doing enough to move things forward. You’ve got to have butterflies in your belly, your heart has to be racing, your palm has to be sweating.”

There are many people out there who feel powerless; who look at the world’s problems and think these problems are too big. CCL is an organization made up of people who refuse to succumb to that cynicism, who have seemingly boundless energy, and who believe they can move mountains. And they are doing just that.

There is no better time than now to join them… at citizensclimatelobby.org.

 

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