Action Sheet March 2014

Download a Word version of the action sheet here: CCLactionsheetMarch2014v4.

CCL Monthly Conference Call, Saturday, March 1, 2014

Groups meet at 9:45am PT/12:45pm ET. The international conference call starts at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET. The conference call part of the meeting is a little over an hour long and the groups meet for another hour after that to take and plan actions.

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Eli Lehrer

Guest is 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, 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.


  1. Respond to the CCL spring fundraising letter and share with others who may want to contribute.
  2. Download and update congressional bios and show your group how to navigate CCL Community.
  3. Plan Earth Day activities – presentations, tabling, opeds and letters to the editor.



Respond to CCL spring fundraising appeal and share with others

Looking at the year ahead, CCL has set the audacious goal of having groups present in all 435 congressional districts by the end of 2014, which will enable us to generate the political will necessary to pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax. We will need to hire additional staff to achieve this expansion and support the new groups and volunteers coming on board.

And that’s where you can help!

If you have registered as a member of CCL, you should have received an electronic letter prior to the March 1 meeting. A hard copy of that letter will soon be arriving by mail.

What we need:

  • Please open the electronic letter you received, click the link to our donations page, and contribute whatever is appropriate for you at this time.  If you can’t easily find the electronic letter in your inbox, go to the link here.
  • After that, forward the letter to people you know who might want to support our work. Include a brief note at the top inviting them to contribute and telling them why you’ve contributed.
  • We suggest you spend a little time at your meeting today to start a list of people you’d like to send our letter to.

Approach for follow up phone call:

“Did you receive the e-mail I sent you about Citizens Climate Education Corp? Oh great, what did you think?”

Respond to what’s shared, then make the “ask.”

“Would you be willing to make a donation to our work?”

Whatever the response, thank them for considering or thank them for donating.



Make plans to get the most out of Earth Day

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, there will be numerous opportunities for outreach in the community and local media.  At your meeting this month, discuss which of these opportunities your group will leverage and assign a volunteer to organize your activities with each of those opportunities.

Some suggestions:

  1. Prior to the meeting, have one of your volunteers compile a list of Earth Day events at which your group can table. Decide which events your group will table and organize teams to do the tabling. In addition to providing materials at the table, invite people who stop by to join a Wednesday introductory call and/or write a postcard to their member of Congress. Get contact information and follow up with phone calls to invite them to your next meeting.
  2. Assign a scribe in your group to draft and submit an Earth Day oped for publication in your local newspaper. Organize a team of writers who will submit Earth Day letters to the editor four or five days before Earth Day.
  3. Look for opportunities to do presentations with churches or other groups that are planning Earth Day programs. Include in these presentations an opportunity for the audience to write letters to their members of Congress.
  4. Organize your own Earth Day Potluck and Letter-Writing parties to educate people about climate change and the market-based solution of a carbon tax that gives money back to households. Have people write letters to their members of Congress and allow some to read their letters aloud to the group.


Template, front and back, for postcards to use at tabling events

Outline and talking points for writing a letter to a member of Congress (Use “PRINT” button at bottom of page for a printer-friendly version)

Tips for writing opeds

Tips for getting letters to the editor published



Update bios for members of Congress

When we lobby congressional offices on Capitol Hill – or in the district – it is important to have background information about a member of Congress – military service, education, religious affiliation, stand on issues, concerns in their districts. Having this information prior to meetings leads to more productive conversations with the members and their staff.

CCL has compiled 1-2 page biographies for all members of the current Congress that we used at last year’s conference and lobby days. The information in those bios needs to be updated for this year’s conference, and we’re asking our volunteers to update the information for the MoCs in their districts.

At your meeting:

Decide who will update which bios. Preferably, the liaison for each member of Congress will handle their update.

Group leaders should send a note to gro.y1634440575bbole1634440575tamil1634440575csnez1634440575itic@1634440575ttenn1634440575eb.ym1634440575a1634440575 with a list of MoCs your group is working on and who is handling the update (include contact info for the person doing each update).

After the meeting:

Those who are updating bios should download the bio from CCL Community. Instructions for updating the bios can be found here.

Instructions for downloading and uploading bios:


1. Log into Community (

2. Click the “Resources” menu button (last one on the right).

3. Click on the “Lobbying” folder.

4. Click on the “2013 Congressional Bios” folder.

5. Find your bio (listed alphabetically by state, then district number with Senators listed as JR or SR)

6. Click the bio and save it to your computer.



1. Log into Community (

2. Click the “Resources” menu button (last one on the right).

3. Find the upload file form beneath the search box on the left hand side.

4. Under category select “2014 Congressional Bios.”

5. Click the “Choose File” or “Browse” button.

6. Once you’ve chosen your file click the “Add New” button.

Steve Valk
Steve Valk is Communications Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby. Steve joined the CCL staff in 2009 after a 30-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.