Citizens' Climate Lobby Chapter

Nelson - West Kootenay

Nelson and West Kootenay region, British Columbia, Canada
CCLers and high school students Alyssa Taburiaux and Linn Murray in Ottawa for CCL's National Conference and Lobbying Days in November 2016. The local chapter crowdfunded their travel expenses.
About Our Chapter

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 200 additional community supporters.

Some of our accomplishments since formation in 2014:

- Published over 450 letters to the editor and opinion pieces in local and national newspapers

-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

-Met with our MPs, MLAs and local leaders on a regular basis to promote climate action

-Sent numerous personally written letters and emails to federal and provincial elected officials; participated in consultation 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 

Highlights for 2016/17


-Organized a postcard campaign to send messages on climate action to BC Premier Clark, sending over 800 cards, as well as collaborating with other groups across the province to send 100s more (fall 2016)

-Developed and distributed an election platform comparison on climate issues for the BC election (spring 2017)

-Launched a youth parliamentary petition that MP Richard Cannings presented to the House of Commons (spring 2017)

-Helped organize Climate Action townhalls with MPs Wayne Stetski and Richard Cannings, which were attended by 100s (spring and summer 2016)


-Collaborated with community leaders to organize the highly successful and sold out event “Hot and Bothered in the Kootenays: Water, Drought and Climate Change” (April 2016)

-Organized film viewing and discussion as part of Break Free from Fossil Fuels, followed by a workshop about navigating the Federal government’s public consultation process for climate action (May 2016)

-Co-hosted well attended pre-town hall training and workshop in Nelson (May 2016)

-Hosted a Peace Cafe, “Building a Collaborative Community for Climate Action: Local Success Stories”, as part of the Mir Centre for Peace and the International Peace and Justice Studies Conference, as well as presenting: “How citizen lobbyists are shifting the climate conversation in the political sphere”. (September 2016)

-Supported two high school students to attend the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s National Conference and meet with MPs in Ottawa. (November 2016)

-Organized screenings and discussion of Merchants of Doubt film (March 2017) 

-Had information tables at First Things First Okanagan’s renewable energy symposiums in Penticton (March 2016 and April 2017)

-Helped organize Sustainable Jobs day for regional high school students

-Hosted workshop “Getting Outside our Bubbles: Understanding Different Perspectives” (June 2017)

-Delivered presentations on climate change to diverse local audiences, and had outreach tables at a variety of community events

-Our chapter leader, Laura Sacks, was selected to attend Al Gore’s Climate Reality Training (June 2017)

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