If you missed our November 2021 Conference: Grit & Gratitude, Celebrating a Banner Year and Rising to the Next Challenge, check out the recordings at cclusa.org/presentations. Here’s a clip of our Keynote Speaker, Marine Biologist, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.
We seized the opportunity this year
We’ve been preparing for this moment and mobilized like never before to get carbon pricing legislation enacted this year. We rallied our friends and family to make over 150,000 contacts to Congress and the President expressing the need for carbon pricing in budget reconciliation. And now carbon pricing legislation is under consideration in the U.S. Senate. Let’s celebrate what we accomplished this year, and look to what’s next as we continue on full steam ahead.
There’s more to be done
President Biden has set a goal of cutting 50% of carbon emissions by 2030. Climate solutions are on the table, but we need to urge Congress to meet President Biden’s goals in the short term. We’ll hear from experts about the path forward for carbon pricing and other climate solutions that will help us reach the goal.
Citizens’ Climate is ready to meet the moment in advocating for the most effective climate policies. Grassroots efforts are more important than ever before. Join us to hear Citizens’ Climate’s vision going forward and get training on the skills and strategy needed to help us fulfill that vision.
Add a Sunday Seminar
Sunday Seminars take our attendees deeper into material than a standard conference breakout. Space is limited for some seminars, so please indicate your choice of Seminar when you register. Check the FAQ’s for details.
Featuring remarks from:
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is co-founder of the non-profit think tank Urban Ocean Lab, co-founder of the climate initiative The All We Can Save Project, and co-creator of the podcast How to Save a Planet. Find her @ayanaeliza.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, she hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and she has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders.
Time Zone: EDT/Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Friday, November 12, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone is invited to participate. There are many ways to contribute to the success of CCL’s mission and for those who are able to, we encourage you to join us for this year’s November 2021 virtual conference.
No, this is a free event. If you would like to support CCL’s work, including the virtual conference in November, you can make a donation on our website or, make an additional donation when you complete your registration.
You are not required to attend the Conference on November 13-14 in order to lobby, but participating in the conference will help you with your lobbying and outreach efforts. You can find out more about training for the Lobby Days (which are separate from this conference) on the Preparing For CCL’s November Online-Only Conference & Lobby Day training page.
No, it doesn’t include our lobby days. The process for forming the lobby teams varies from district to district. Contact your local chapter leader, congressional liaison or regional coordinator to find out the local process and availability of slots on the team, and let them know your interest in participating. All meeting team assignments, meeting plans and practice meetings for this December will be handled locally, similar to in-district meetings. Schedules will not be sent out by CCL Headquarters.
Program and Agenda
Our Sunday Seminars vary in length from one and half to two and half hours, taking our volunteers deeper into material than a standard conference breakout. All Seminars begin at 1pm ET/10am PT on Nov. 14th. Space is limited for some seminars, so please indicate your choice of Seminar when you register. Attendees can choose one of five topics:
1. Skillful climate conversations: opening hearts and minds with evidence-based communication techniques (2 hours)
Want to build your skills for lobbying and climate conversations, particularly those that are difficult or oppositional? In this workshop we will review different states of the human nervous system, and explore how knowledge of these can help us to be better communicators. We will connect this to the skills of “Motivational Interviewing,” which have been shown in numerous studies to facilitate change in healthcare settings. These skills can also lower the temperature in our political conversations, helping us to connect and find common ground with members of Congress and others. Led by John Sabin, CCL Great Lakes Regional Co-coordinator, and Tamara Station, CCL Education & Resilience Coordinator.
2. Closer look at budget reconciliation climate provisions (2 hours)
Join CCL’s research and legislative affairs teams to review the budget reconciliation package, what’s in there and what’s not? What does that mean for CCL’s advocacy going forward? Come with your questions!
3. What can we offer each other: a discussion among right and left leaning CCLers (2 hours)
Talking about climate change and its solutions can be challenging, especially in today’s polarized political environment. In this interactive event, you will observe CCL volunteers from across the political divide, see through their eyes, and discuss what you learn with others in breakout rooms and larger group shares. You will recognize common values and gain a deeper understanding of the contributions of the “other side” within CCL to shaping effective and sustainable climate policy. Sponsored by the CCL Braver Angels Action Team.
4. Exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion: a look at our personal blueprint (1.5 hours) [limited capacity]
Nothing says “uh oh” like a conversation or training class on diversity, equity and inclusion practices, right? Wrong. During this session participants will explore up close and personal how personal beliefs, ideology, assumptions, perspectives and conclusions are simply one piece of a multi-faceted approach to better understanding why we think they way we may think, how that manifests itself in daily life and informs how we approach our work. Come to a session that will give you the opportunity to cultivate new perspectives and framing about diversity, equity and inclusion and how to best navigate the cultural nuances that are live and well in organizational cultures and society at large. Session led by Pamela Benson Owens, CEO of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc.
5. Climate advocate training workshop (2.5 hours) [limited capacity]
This workshop will help newer volunteers (and seasoned volunteers who want a refresher) understand CCL’s method and vision and inspire you to find your role so you can hit the ground running. You’ll even have a chance to participate in a mock lobby meeting so you are well prepared for our Nov. 15-18 Virtual Lobby Week (if you are participating). In this interactive workshop you will:
- Learn the basics of becoming an effective climate advocate through review of the CCL’s structure, mission, purpose and methodology of creating political will
- Practice how to appeal to the best in others and build common ground
- Review the details of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
- Learn how to build constructive relationships with elected representatives and practice our lobbying methods
We’re still confirming speakers for this year’s program, so check back on this page for an updated agenda.
You do not have to “sign up” for specific breakout sessions, you can log in to whichever session you choose the day of the conference.
Our program is still being developed. We will update the program section of this webpage (above) as sessions are confirmed with the video conference connection information.