Nelson - West Kootenay
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization empowering people to experience breakthroughs exercising their personal and political power.
Our chapter is just one of hundreds of chapters across the world working to create the political will for a livable world.
The local chapter, founded in early 2014, has about 15 active members and 225 additional community supporters.
Some of our accomplishments since formation in 2014:-Signed up 40 local businesses to CCL's open letter
-Produced a bi-weekly radio series called Climate of Change on Kootenay Co-op Radio creating over 40 episodes, and airing on 6 other stations in BC.
-Collaborated with the Mir Centre for Peace, the West Kootenay EcoSociety, and Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce to organize a well attended three part forum series on Divestment/Investment
-Launched a youth parliamentary petition that MPs Richard Cannings and Wayne Stetski presented to the House of Commons
-Sent numerous personally written letters and emails to federal and provincial elected officials; participated in consultations for budget and environmental assessment processes.
-Co-sponsored several climate marches and rallies
-Organized all-candidates forums to discuss climate change
-Created and co-led a well attended 6-week climate discussion series
-Our chapter leader, Laura Sacks, was selected to attend Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training (June 2017) and followed up with five presentations to diverse groups in our region
-Lobbied every year in Ottawa with CCLers from across Canada and met regularly with local MPs and MLAs
Highlights for 2018
-Had our first annual BC Lobbying trip to Victoria, meeting with 17 MLAs from all parties
-Wrote over 600 letters to MPs and MLAs in letter writing events throughout our region
-Extensive research for our ask on elimination of fossil fuel subsidies in BC
- published over 70 letters to the editor and op eds in newspapers across Canada
-Made presentations to schools, Rotary groups, churches and Selkirk College
-Had information tables at Earth Day, Nelson's Green Home Show, July 1 events in Nelson and Kaslo, Rise for the Climate events in Nelson, Castlegar and Kaslo
-Coordinated efforts to help lone CCLers and small chapters throughout BC and Alberta
-Spearheaded Canada's participation in Parachutes for the Planet, holding many local parachute making events and displaying over 30 parachutes on Parliament Hill