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 25 active members and over 300 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, which aired 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 number of 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 numerous presentations to diverse groups in our region
-Lobby every year in Ottawa with CCLers from across Canada and meet regularly with local MPs and MLAs
- presented to the Standing Committee on the Environment in Ottawa
Highlights for 2019
-Had our second annual BC Lobbying trip to Victoria, meeting with 26 MLAs from all parties
-Wrote over 300 letters to MPs and MLAs in letter writing events throughout our region
- published over 50 letters to the editor and op eds in newspapers across Canada
-over 35 outreach events this year
-Made several presentations to: city councils, schools, churches, physicians and Selkirk College students
-Had information tables at Earth Day, Nelson's Green Home Show, Canada Day events, and supported Fridays for the Future Climate strikers at several large strikes
-Coordinated efforts to help lone CCLers and small chapters throughout BC
-Spearheaded Canada's participation in Parachutes for the Planet, holding many local parachute making events and displaying over 30 parachutes at the Parliament Building in Victoria