Climate Change Conferences (Summer)

Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 1pm - 5pm EDT

Join us at CCL’s virtual climate conference.

2020 is a challenging year.

We’ve been grappling with some urgent and complicated challenges as a country. Later this year, we’ll have a presidential election. Meanwhile, urgent problems like climate change remain high in public awareness—but sometimes it feels like polarization is higher than ever, too. How will our government take action?

If you are able to help, your voice is needed.

Join CCL’s virtual conference to learn about the path ahead for climate change policy. 

  • Get updated on the prospect of climate change action from members of Congress, journalists and other climate organizations.
  • Get trained on how to engage your member of Congress and others in your community about climate change.
  • Connect virtually with others from around the country who are concerned about climate change and working to get Congress to act on climate. 

Additionally, we are offering 4 seminars on Sunday, June 14th at 1pm EDT that will dive deeper into the topics introduced at the conference. Sign up for one when you register.

Featuring remarks from:

Sen. Michael Braun

Senator Mike Braun is a Republican Senator for Indiana and is co-chairman of the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. As Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Senator Braun held one of the first Senate hearings on climate in the last several years, entitled “Reducing Emissions While Driving Economic Growth.”  In 2019 Senator Braun co-founded the bipartisan Senate Climate Solution Caucus with Senator Chris Coons.

Sen. Chris Coons

Senator Chris Coons is a Democratic Senator for Delaware and co-chairman of the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. In the 115th Congress, Senator Coons introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act,  the first bipartisan carbon pricing bill to be introduced in the U.S Senate in over ten years. Senator Coons has introduced a second carbon pricing bill, the Climate Action Rebate Act, in the 116th Congress. In 2019 Senator Coons co-founded the bipartisan Senate Climate Solution Caucus with Senator Braun.

Former U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo 

Carlos Curbelo represented south Florida (FL 26th District) in the US House from 2015 through 2019.  As a Republican Congressman, he was a co-founder of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the House and introduced the Market Choice Act to put a price on carbon emissions and invest nearly a trillion dollars in American infrastructure while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Mr. Curbelo has consistently advocated for decency, sobriety, and civility in politics. He was ranked the fourth most bipartisan member of the House until returning to the private sector in 2019.


Rachel Kyte, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Rachel Kyte is the first woman Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University—the oldest graduate-only school of international affairs in the US. She previously served as special representative of the UN secretary-general for Sustainable Energy for All and as World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change. She led the Group’s campaign for the Paris Agreement, prioritizing technical work on carbon pricing mechanisms through the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.



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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is invited to attend the virtual June Conference?

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 virtual June Conference.

How do I register?

You can register above, or go to our Eventbrite registration page

Is there a registraton fee?

No, this is a free event. If you would like to support CCL’s work, including the virtual conference in June, 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. 

Am I required to attend the Conference if I plan to Lobby on June 16 & 17th?

You are not required to attend the Conference on June 13th 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) at Preparing for Preparing For CCL’s June Online-Only Conference & Lobby Day training page.

Does my registration for the conference include the virtual lobby days?

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, as well as to let them know of your interest in participating. All meeting team assignments, meeting plans and practice meetings for this June will be handled locally, similar to in-district meetings and schedules will not be sent out by CCL Headquarters.

Program and Agenda

What are the Sunday Seminars?

CCL’s core values say, in part, “We are prepared and do our research. We consult experts and use data. We are open to new information.” The day after our June 13th Conference, our volunteers will have an extra chance to put this value into action by attending our “Sunday Seminars” on June 14th.

Each of these optional virtual seminars lasts 1.5 to 2.5 hours, taking our volunteers deeper into the material than a standard conference breakout. When you register for the conference, you can choose to attend this additional session if you wish to.

Attendees can choose one of four topics:

1. Beyond Diversity: Fostering Belonging and Inclusion at CCL (1.5 hours)

CCL welcomes everyone concerned about climate change to join us, regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, gender, or political affiliation, etc. But how do we create a culture that celebrates diversity and fosters a sense of belonging, while focusing on our mission to advance the best climate policies? This session will lead participants in understanding the benefits and challenges of diversity for the climate movement, recognize privileges and forms of racism, and introduce resources for chapters to be more effective in engaging people from underrepresented backgrounds. 

2. Depolarizing Within presented by Braver Angels (2.5 hours) (limited to 800 people)

A surprising aspect of today’s epidemic of toxic polarization between climate advocates and climate skeptics is that much is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side. Too often we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who differ from us in their perspectives on climate change. How we talk among ourselves about them fuels fires that threaten the progress of climate solutions. This workshop will help you become more aware of your inner polarizer, help you learn to depolarize yourself and teach you skills for intervening  in social conversations with like-minded people when those conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other views. 

3. International Climate Policy Workshop (2 hours) (limited to 150 people)

Wondering what climate policies other countries are implementing and what that means for the global society? Join us to learn what Mexico, the UK, Canada, and Small Island Developing States are doing, then gear up for a mini climate policy negotiation with the United States and the UN. CCL international regional coordinators and chapter leaders will lead the discussions.

4. Energy Innovation Act: Handling Challenging Questions (2 hours)

Join Adeline DeYoung, CCL Government Affairs Coordinator, and Sara Wanous, CCL Membership Coordinator, as they coach us on how to respond to challenging questions about the Energy Innovation Act that may arise in lobby meetings. From the regulatory language to cost of living impacts, tricky questions often come up about H.R. 763 and these two CCL staffers have the information to help you respond. Sara and Adeline will go over the Handling Challenging Questions resource, give some examples for you to learn from, and send participants into breakout rooms to practice with a partner.


Is there an app with the conference schedule?

If you have a smartphone, you can download the mobile app. You can even set your notifications to alert you when updates are made.

  • In your app store, search for “Grenadine Event Guide”
  • Once downloaded, open the app and enter in the event code: CCL2020
  • From the menu on the bottom, you can access the schedule, speakers, and other conference information.

Is there a Conference and Lobby Day Party?

Yes! Join us Thursday, June 18th 8-9pm ET for a virtual celebration of the close of our 2020 Conference and Lobby Days. Please register if you plan to attend. 


How do I find the login information for each session?

  • We will email a reminder to all registered attendees with login information days prior to the Conference.
  • You can also find the details on how to join each session (including breakouts) within each session description on the Grenadine Event Guide mobile app or website

What if I have technical issues participating virtually?

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