Citizens Climate Lobby International Conference 2012
The Cure for Climate Trauma
Washington, DC, July 22-24
All of our sessions on Sunday and Monday will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.
SPEAKER BIOS HERE
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Group leader meeting (for leaders of existing groups only)
CCL GROUP LEADER LUNCH
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Group start workshop: This session is for CCL members who have not attended a group start workshop or for new people who are starting CCL chapters in their communities. It covers the basics of CCL, how we got started, the CCL approach and methodology, and advocacy tools that we use.
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Conference begins: After welcoming remarks, this session will be devoted to learning and practicing the speaking points we will use in our meetings on Capitol Hill.
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Opening remarks
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Keynote address -- Anthony Leiserowitz: Climate Change in the American Mind. This presentation will describe and explain recent trends in public opinion on climate change and support for climate and energy policies. It will also include a discussion of Global Warming's Six Americas - six different audiences within the public that respond to the issue in unique ways and required tailored communication strategies. LOCATION: Commonwealth Room
11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.: Joint plenary with Jeffrey Sachs, director of Earth Institute at Columbia University. In this big-picture session, CCL will join with RESULTS, whose purpose is to end poverty, for a session with world renown global economist Jeffrey Sachs, who looks at the challenges ahead for maintaining a sustainable world that can meet the basic needs of all people. LOCATION: Crystal Ballroom
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.: Breakouts
- Listening Skills for Activists – Madeleine Para, co-counseling instructor: A good listener gains people's trust, learns what people need to hear in order to change, and brings people closer together--just what we need to do with both our members of Congress and our fellow activists. Brush up your listening skills and practice them in this workshop. LOCATION: Jackson Room
- Cutting Fossil Fuel Subsidies – Ben Schreiber, Friends of the Earth: They’re the most profitable corporations, and yet they enjoy subsidies and tax breaks that cost billions. “Green Scissors” author Ben Schreiber tells us how the fossil fuel industry is taking U.S. taxpayers for a ride and what should be done about it. LOCATION: Commonwealth Room
- Border Adjustments: Making Carbon Pricing Work for U.S. Business – Chris Byrd, environmental attorney: Won’t a carbon fee put U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage with nations that lack a carbon-pricing mechanism? Not if we impose border adjustments. Chris Byrd explains how this works and why it would comply with World Trade Organization rules. LOCATION: Wilson/Harrison Room
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.: Breakouts
- Can We Power the World Without Fossil Fuels? – Danny Richter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography: The discussion about clean energy often gets bogged down with doubts about our ability to meet energy needs without coal, oil or gas. Can it be done? According to an extensive study out of Stanford University, the answer is yes, and Danny Richter explains how it can be done. LOCATION: Commonwealth Room
- Get Published and Influence (Important) People – Steve Valk, CCL Communications Director: Letters to the editor carry a big impact with members of Congress and their staff. The phrase “publish or perish” takes on a whole new meaning when we’re talking about climate change. Learn what you need to know to get published in your local newspaper, and see how fast your phone calls get returned. LOCATION: Jackson Room
- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone to be Where the Magic Happens – Sam Daley-Harris, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation: Creating the political will to stop climate change will require breakthroughs with our elected officials, the media and the public. These breakthroughs will not happen if we stay inside our comfort zones. Sam Daley-Harris helps us push through the fear of working outside our comfort zones to the place where the magic happens. LOCATION: Wilson/Harrison Room
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.: Zen Lobbying.
4:45 - 5:30 p.m.: Breakouts
- Great Meetings With Congressional Offices – Elizabeth Herman, aide to Rep. Pete Stark: What should you do to have a great meeting with a congressional office? How do you avoid having a bad meeting? Hill staff share their tips and answer your questions. LOCATION: Jackson Room
Romancing the Newspaper – Elli Sparks, CCL organizer, and Steve Valk: Want your newspaper to talk more about climate change and how we’re going to fix it? Step one is to meet with the editorial board at your local paper and develop a relationship with the folks who set the opinion agenda. Good things ensue as a result. Media seductress Elli Sparks and Steve Valk demystify the process. LOCATION: Commonwealth Room
What’s Good for Environment is Good for the Economy – Joseph Robertson, author of “Building the Green Economy”: There’s a myth that we have to choose between ecology and economy, that taking steps to protect the environment and stop climate change will extract and economic toll. Joe Robertson explodes that myth and explains how policies to address climate change will produce jobs and grow our economy. LOCATION: Wilson/Harrison Room
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: CCL Variety Show
8:15 a.m.: Lobby Day kick-off on Capitol Hill
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Congressional and World Bank lobbying. Note: Between meetings, CCL staff and volunteers will get together in the rear of the Rayburn cafeteria to share stories and encouragement with each other.
5 p.m.: Reception in B-369 Rayburn House Office Building
WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY