10 special speakers
By Flannery Winchester
In CCL, we’re always ready for our next dose of inspiration or information. Over the years, we’ve heard from some incredible speakers who have delivered both in spades!
Here, in no particular order, are 10 amazing speakers we’ve loved to learn from during the past 10 years:
1. James Hansen
CCL founder Marshall Saunders saw him on the Hill in 2010, when Hansen spoke at a hearing for Congress about carbon pricing. This was hugely influential and helped set CCL’s course in the direction of Carbon Fee and Dividend.
2. Katharine Hayhoe
Dr. Hayhoe is an expert at talking to people by meeting them where they are, which made a huge impression on Mark Reynolds, CCL’s Executive Director, and many CCL volunteers since.
She’s a regular highlight on our monthly calls, from November 2011 to June 2014 to November 2016. She also delivered the keynote speech at our 2015 June conference, and she even gave CCL a huge shout out on the White House lawn during an interview with Leonardo DiCaprio!
3. Shi-Ling Hsu
Dr. Hsu is an economist who wrote “The Case for a Carbon Tax.” Mark has said, “I believe it is by far the best book on carbon pricing, and every chapter should have one.” He spoke to CCL as early as the April 2012 monthly call.
Hear Dr. Hsu’s expert opinion on why a straightforward carbon price is the way to go from his most recent appearance on our September 2017 call.
4. Lou Helmuth
Lou Helmuth is the deputy director of Our Children’s Trust, which is a small, Oregon-based nonprofit working to give young people a legal and public platform when it comes to climate change. Helmuth delivered a keynote address at CCL’s 2016 June conference, where he explained exactly what Our Children’s Trust does, how they do it, and the far-reaching implications of their work.
Watch is encouraging speech below, or read a recap here.
5. Hahrie Han
Hahrie Han has spoken to CCL on several occasions to explain how we can better engage and motivate people to achieve our goal of a livable world. Han is the Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
6. Robb Willer
Dr. Willer’s talks to CCL have been game changers. The first time he spoke to CCL in 2010, he shared information from his book about how “dire messages” reduce belief in global warming because they contradict people’s belief in a just and fair world. This offered a breakthrough for CCL, because it became clear that we have to focus on solutions to the problem—not just the problem itself.
Listen to his comments from our January 2013 call here, where he recapped that original message and then discussed his newer work on the moral views of Republicans and Democrats.
7. Anthony Leiserowitz
As the director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Dr. Leiserowitz helps provide incredible data on public opinion about climate change and climate solutions. He and his organization’s research have been making an impact on CCL from his early appearances on the September 2011 call and the June 2014 call.
Most recently, he gave a keynote address at our June 2017 conference, where he introduced the concept of “six Americas” or six different opinion groups on climate change. Watch his talk below, or read a recap here.
8. Sam Daley-Harris
As the founder and former executive director of RESULTS, Sam Daley-Harris helped empower CCL with effective methods to achieve our goals. Hear his remarks from our April 2013 call, our August 2015 call, or most recently in December 2016:
9. Adele Morris
When Dr. Adele Morris spoke to CCL on our January 2014 call, she was a fellow and policy director at the Brookings Institution, with a particular interest in economic policies that relate to climate change, energy, natural resources and public finances. On the call, she discussed the efficiency of carbon taxes and her latest work. Listen to her remarks here.
10. Bob Inglis
Inglis is a former Congressman from South Carolina, who now leads the eco-right group RepublicEn. He is an outspoken Republican leader on climate change, and his organization continues to activate conservatives across America on this issue.