Because politicians don’t create political will— they respond to it, Climate Advocates work with media and lobby politicians and other stakeholders to reduce carbon pollution and promote a clean energy future. We begin by finding common ground before moving to higher ground. We focus on what we are for, rather than what we are against. We are demonstrating that the organized and sustained efforts of ordinary citizens can prevail, even against the seemingly unlimited dollars spent by special interests.
Climate Advocates have breakthroughs in exercising their persuasive and political power. They transition from feeling “I can’t make a difference” to realizing that “I am making a difference.” This process propels our success in generating political will.
Monthly Advocacy Webinars
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The November National Webinar
The theme of our November Webinar is “Advocating for Solar Energy in Conservative States.” Our speaker is Adam Browning, Executive Director of Vote Solar. Adam co-founded Vote Solar after working on the successful campaign for San Francisco’s 2001 solar bond. Prior to Vote Solar, Adam spent eight years with the Environmental Protection Agency where he ran an award-winning pollution prevention program. (Monday, Nov 17, 7 p.m. CT)
The October National Webinar
The theme of our Monday, October 20 (7 p.m. CT) webinar was “The Art of Advocacy Letters in the Media.“ Our speaker was Rabbi Judy Weiss. Judy is the group leader for the Boston chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. Judy is CCL’s “Queen of Letters” because since 2012 she has published over 300 letters in newspapers across the United States. And in 2014, she’s already had 135 letters published! You can take a look at Judy’s prodigious output at http://www.apdoo.org/
The September Webinar
The theme of our September 13 (12 p.m. CT) webinar was “Cap and Trade: A Flexible Approach to Capping Emissions.“ Our speaker was Dr. Adele Morris. She is a fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institute. Her expertise and interests include the economics of policies related to climate change, energy, natural resources, and public finance.
Dr. Morris 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. Before the JEC, Adele served nine years with the U.S. Treasury Department as its chief natural resource economist, working on climate, energy, agriculture, and radio spectrum issues. On assignment to the U.S. Department of State in 2000, she was the lead U.S. negotiator on land use and forestry issues in the international climate change treaty process. Prior to joining the Treasury, she served as the senior economist for environmental affairs at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the development of the Kyoto Protocol. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, where she conducted regulatory oversight of agriculture and natural resource agencies. 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. Listen to this webinar here.
The theme of our August webinar was “A Market-Friendly, Conservative Solution to Global Warming.“ If you’d like to view the recorded webinar, it’s here.
Our keynote speakers were Shelley Buonaiuto and Dr. Robert McAfee. Ms Buonaiuto is co-chair of the Fayetteville, AR chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. She is an artist, wife, mother, and grandmother.
Dr. McAfee (Ph.D. in climatology) is the Executive Director of the Thinking Like A Mountain Institute of the Peaceable Kingdom, Inc. He also serves as Chair of the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology’s Carbon Caps Task Force. In September of 2007 Robert was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe as Climatologist to the Arkansas Governors Commission on Global Warming. You can read more about Dr. McAfee here.