Inclusion conference

Elevate, Empower, and Rise Up Together 

CCL Inclusion Conference

Online

September 16-17, 2022

A conference where all are welcome

Climate change impacts all life, but especially people in frontline communities, who are left out of important conversations about taking climate action. Our first diversity and inclusion virtual conference will bring individuals from all backgrounds together in unity, community, and trust. Join the conference to form connections with fellow climate advocates and walk away with tools of empowerment and confidence.

Share your story, and listen to others

The virtual conference will provide a safe space for people who have been historically excluded and should be heard in climate conversations, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), people with disabilities, and people of the LGBTQIA+ community. We invite you to be yourself and share your stories, experiences, successes, and struggles as a path forward in continuing your climate action. Allies are welcome to attend the conference to listen, observe, respect, and reflect on the experiences of others, with the hope of bringing back ideas for the next steps on how to make your CCL chapter more inclusive. 

Our event will kick off with a reception on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT for a chance to get to know each other. The one day virtual conference is Saturday, Sept. 17, 12 – 6 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT. 

This conference is organized and led by CCL’s Affinity Action Teams including: Asian Pacific, Climate and Culture, Differently ABLED, Environmental Justice, Higher Education, Latinos, LGBTQIA+ and Allies OUTreach, Listening to Indigenous Voices, People of the Global Majority, and Youth. Learn more about the Action Teams on CCL Community.

Featuring Remarks from:

Dr. Harold Dorrell Briscoe

Writer, speaker, pastor, and public theologian

Princella Talley

Fellow At Large, The OpEd Project

Arlene JM Grant, Esq.

Climate Advocate + Mind – Body – Food Practitioner

Clara Fang

Deputy Director of Partnerships, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

Program

Time Zone: EDT/Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Saturday, June 11, 2022

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Early Registration

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12:00 PM

Saturday

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Viewing of CCL Monthly National Call

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1:00 – 1:45 PM

Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker. During the conference, meet in the Diplomat Room to watch the June call on Zoom. June’s Speaker will be Neil Chatterjee, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

It isn’t often we have a guest who can cover as much ground on climate and energy as Neil Chatterjee. As the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during the Trump administration, it was his job to ensure that energy was delivered, reliably and safely, across the U.S. A vocal supporter of carbon pricing, he took a bipartisan approach to forming energy policy. On this month’s call, Neil will share his climate story, why he supports carbon pricing and how we can prepare the grid for the transition to clean energy.

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Dinner on your own

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5:00 – 7:00 PM

Saturday

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Film Screening or Social Time

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6:00 – 8:00 PM

Tune in the screening of the short films: “Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops” followed by a panel discussion with the director and producer of the film. [FILMS WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

Or, informally meet with fellow attendees for social time – play games, have discussions, or play music (be sure to bring your instrument).

Sunday, June 12, 2022

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Registration

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8:00 AM

Opening Remarks & Morning Keynotes [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

Conference opening, remarks by Madeleine Para and Mark Reynolds, and CCL’s first volunteer keynote address by Nicole Hammond, graduate student in Oceanography and Coastal Science at Louisiana State University, and co-state coordinator for CCL Louisiana. She’ll share her experiences as a scientist and young climate advocate.

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Break

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9:50 – 10:20 AM

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Climate Advocate Training Workshop [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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10:20 AM – 12:20 PM

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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 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. Led by Brett Cease CCL Education & Engagement Director, and Solemi Hernandez, CCL Southeast Regional Coordinator.

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Group Leader and Liaison Leadership Training

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10:20 AM – 12:20 PM

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Advance your leadership skills and connect with your fellow group leaders and liaisons from around the country to share experiences and lessons learned while developing the capacity of your CCL group and lobbying work in your communities and districts. (Group Leaders, Liaisons, State Coordinators, and Regional Coordinators should attend). Led by Don Addu, CCL Program Director; Madeleine Para, CCL Executive Director; Mark Reynolds, CCL Board Member; Sabrina Fu, CCL Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator; Tamara Staton, CCL Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator; and Tony Sirna, CCL VP of Organizational Strategy.

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Lunch on your own

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12:20 – 2:00 PM

Sunday

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2:00 – 2:45 PM

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Alex Flint, Executive Director for the Alliance for Market Solutions, and former Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will share his perspective on the process of budget reconciliation, how a carbon price can fit in, and future opportunities for carbon pricing policy.

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CCL Legislative Strategy and Training [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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2:45 – 3:30 PM

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Dr. Danny Richter, CCL VP of Government Affairs will reflect on this Congress and bring us up to speed on any current climate action in Congress. He’ll also share his perspective on the road ahead for carbon fee and dividend and other key climate priorities.

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Break

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3:30 – 4:00 PM

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Dinner on your own

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5:30 – 7:30 PM

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Social time

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8:00 PM

Join us and our DJ for some dancing. Cash bar.

Monday, June 13, 2022

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Registration

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8:00 AM

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Opening remarks & Keynote [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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9:00 – 9:50 AM

Opening remarks with Zaurie Zimmerman, CCL Board Chair & Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, CCE Board Chair

Keynote session: America’s partisan divide has grown so bad that a majority of Republicans and Democrats believe people from the other party are not only ill-informed, but immoral. Speakers Nwandi Lawson and Amanda Ripley are each award-winning communicators. They’ll share their advice for climate advocates on how to approach challenging conversations in an election year.

Amanda Ripley

Journalist, Podcaster

Author, High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out

Nwandi Lawson

Chief Cultivation Officer

The Virtues Collective

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Break

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9:50 – 10:20 AM

Monday

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Keynote Panel Discussion [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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10:20 -11:10 AM

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After two years of grassroots organizing during a pandemic, it’s time to share best practices of what’s worked, what didn’t, where to go from here and how to best build coalitions in our communities.

Clarence Edwards

Legislative Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Sabrina Fu (moderator)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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Citizens’ Climate International Update [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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11:10 -11:35 AM

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Hear from Joe Robertson, Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate International and International Regional Coordinators about climate action around the world, and a look to the roadmap ahead.

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Lunch on your own

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12:00 – 1:30 PM

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Break/transition

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2:30 – 2:45 PM

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3:45 – 4:00 PM

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5:00 – 5:15 PM

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Closing Keynote [LIVE STREAMED ON ZOOM]

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5:15-5:45 PM

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With a background in entreupenurship, policy innovation, and conflict mediation, Bill Shireman brings together capitalists, activists, conservatives, progressives, and other unusual bedfellows to overcome challenges that often divide them. Hear from Prof. Shireman on how CCL can bridge conversations, and work across party lines to discuss climate solutions.

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Reception

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Featuring remarks from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and have the chance to relax and mingle with your fellow conference attendees and CCL staff during a reception with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres (there will be plenty – don’t eat dinner!).

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Who is invited to attend the Inclusion Conference?

Everyone is invited to participate. There are many ways to contribute to the success of CCL’s mission, and we encourage those who are able to join us virtually for our first Inclusion Conference to please register.

How do I register?

You can register above, or go to our Eventbrite registration page. Registration will be open through the conference hours. 

Is there a registration fee?

No, this is a free event. If you would like to support CCL’s work, including our virtual conferences, you can make a donation on our website or make an additional donation when you complete your registration.

What should I do if I need to cancel?

Although this is a free virtual event and we plan to have space for all, we would like to have an accurate count of attendees. If you need to cancel, contact us as soon as possible by email.

Program and Agenda

Where can I find the conference schedule?

The program is still in progress, but you’ll be able to find the conference schedule on this webpage you are currently viewing, scroll up to the “Program” section. We’ll be making updates to the program as we get closer to the virtual conference, so be sure to check back for the most up-to-date agenda. You do not have to sign up for specific sessions, you can log in to whichever session you choose the day of the conference. 

Video conferencing information will be made available the day before the conference begins. You can check back on the program section to find the access information closer to the event date.

What is the Friday night event?

Friday, Sept. 16 in the evening, 7pm ET / 4pm PT, we will hold a reception to give attendees a chance to connect and socialize before the conference kicks off on Saturday 9/17. This also serves to give attendees practice on logging in to the conference video platform and troubleshoot any issues.

Technology

How do I connect to the virtual conference?

We’ll be using Zoom for this conference. For the best experience on Zoom, be sure to update your Zoom app to the latest version. We’ll be sending reminder emails in the week leading up to the conference with more details on how to access each session.

Getting Help in Zoom

If you have any issues connecting to Zoom or experience audio or video problems, visit the Zoom Support Help Center. 

Video conference etiquette & tips:

  • We suggest you use earbuds or headphones rather than your computer speakers & mic for better sound quality and reduced feedback.
  • Please mute your mic when you are not speaking. All conference sessions will mute participants upon entry. 
  • If you have unstable internet, try to turn your video off and close all internet browsers and windows on your computer.
  • Plan to restart your computer before the event begins.

All conference sessions can be viewed on the conference website at cclusa.org/program. You can see the session titles, times, descriptions, and speaker names. On the day of the conference, Zoom connection information will be available. We recommend you keep the Program page open in your web browser so you can refer back to it, and easily switch sessions through the conference.

Click the “Join via Zoom” button next to the session you’d like to join. Zoom will open in your web browser, and give you the option to open the meeting in your Zoom Application if you have it downloaded.

Once you are in a meeting, to join a different session, you will have to leave the Zoom meeting you are currently in, and then click another “Join via Zoom” button from the Program for the session you want to switch to. 

If you are joining by phone, find your local number to dial: https://citizensclimate.zoom.us/u/adtOOuWWAo, or, U.S. Toll-free 1-877-369-0926 or 1-855-880-1246. Each session’s Zoom Meeting ID will be available on the Program page which you can enter when prompted on the phone.

What if I have technical issues participating virtually?

To improve audio/video quality, close all applications and other browser windows. You can read this support topic to learn how to turn on closed captions. If you have problems connecting, please contact our video and audio conference provider’s support site.

How do I find the video conference login information for each session?

You can check back on this conference website (scroll up on this page) starting the day before the conference to find the video conference access for each session. 

All conference sessions can be viewed on the conference website. You can see the session titles, times, descriptions, and speaker names. On the day of the conference, Zoom connection information will be available. We recommend you keep the Program page open in your web browser so you can refer back to it, and easily switch sessions through the conference.

Click the “Join via Zoom” button next to the session you’d like to join. Zoom will open in your web browser, and give you the option to open the meeting in your Zoom Application if you have it downloaded.

Once you are in a meeting, to join a different session, you will have to leave the Zoom meeting you are currently in, and then click another “Join via Zoom” button from the Program for the session you want to switch to.