Episode 12: Core Values with Marshall Saunders and Lesley Beatty

Marshall at CCL2016

CCL Founder and President Marshall Saunders speaking at the 2016 Citizens’ Climate International Conference (Photo by Shawn Reeder).

Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below.

Our individual values shape us. They help us make decisions and influence our relationships. They keep us on the right path. Organizations and movements are also guided by values. As climate advocates, we come to this work with our own set of values. Citizens’ Climate Radio host Peterson Toscano speaks with marketing researcher and volunteer climate advocate Lesley Beatty about the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s core values. CCL founder Marshall Saunders joins in the conversation with a burst of optimism.




Art House

Marshall Saunders sticks around to help with our Art House segment. He has a book recommendation to share, a novel written in 1899 by Leo Tolstoy. Marshall tells us why he thinks climate advocates should read Tolstoy’s Resurrection. South African author Glen Retief reads excerpts from the novel.


In answer to last month’s puzzler question listeners wrote and left voice memos to share the climate change resources for people just getting involved in climate advocacy. Find links in Dig Deeper section below.

Here’s this month’s puzzler:

You are at a family event. Everyone is catching up and having a good time. You have cornered your uncle and are updating him about your climate work. Your uncle, let’s call him Jim, says, “Okay, maybe this is a stupid question, but what is the big deal with melting glaciers? It seems everything I read about climate change, they are freaking out about these glaciers. Why the obsession?”

So, how do you respond to Uncle Jim? In addition to the science behind glacial melting, what will you say to deepen the conversation?

Send in your answers by June 15, 2017, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. If you see Peterson at the Citizens’ Climate International Conference June 11 and 12th, say hi and he can record your answer. You can email your answers to or leave a voice memo of 3 minutes or less at 570-483-8194 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

Dig Deeper

Climate Change Resources from Puzzler Question.

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