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CCL to host virtual Earth Day event with Katharine Hayhoe
APRIL 2020 – With social distancing during the COVID-19 emergency limiting in-person events throughout the nation, Citizens’ Climate Lobby is organizing an online event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day: “Uniting from Home: A virtual CCL event with Katharine Hayhoe.”
The event, featuring a keynote address from world-renowned climate scientist Dr. Hayhoe, is set for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 25.
“The pandemic has taught us that what really matters is the same for all of us. It’s the health and safety of our families and our loved ones, our communities and our world,” said Dr. Hayhoe. “That’s what the coronavirus pandemic threatens, and that’s exactly what climate change does, too. And that’s why we only have to be one thing to care about climate change: a human living on Planet Earth.”
In addition to Dr. Hayhoe, the event will include several breakout sessions:
- Climate Advocate Training – People new to climate advocacy can learn how to effectively push the U.S. Congress for climate change legislation
- Climate Organizing During the Pandemic – People already engaged in climate advocacy can learn to adapt their work for our current circumstances with COVID-19
- Depolarizing Within – Presented in partnership with Braver Angels, attendees can practice holding respectful climate conversations with people who don’t share their political beliefs
- CCL Volunteer Spotlight panel – Climate advocates Alejandra, Jacob, Morgan, and Sarah will share what brought them to climate action and how they build support in their communities. Meet them here:
During the event, attendees will also be guided through a few simple actions they can take to help the climate, right then and there.
“It’s important that we continue to educate our communities about the climate crisis and build political will for major climate legislation,” said Mark Reynolds, CCL Executive Director. “Though right now Congress is focused on the pandemic, they will need to turn their attention back to climate change soon enough. When that happens, our volunteers will be there with clear policy suggestions.”
Journalists are invited to attend the event to learn more about CCL’s advocacy going on nationwide. Details to attend can be found on UnitingFromHome.eventbrite.com.
Flannery Winchester, *protected email*, 615-337-3642
Steve Valk, *protected email*, 404-769-7461