Climate Change Conferences (Summer)

Calling on Congress

An economy-wide carbon price is the single most powerful tool we have to reduce America’s carbon pollution to net zero by 2050. We’re asking Congress to enact that powerful tool this year. You’ll get updates on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., from keynote speaker Adele Morris, economist at the Brookings Institution, and CCL’s government affairs team. 

It Takes a Coalition 

Keynote speakers Jasmine Sanders, Executive Director of Our Climate, and Jerry Taylor, President of Niskanen Center, will share what their organizations are doing this year in support of climate solutions. At our breakout sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from faith groups, local leaders, businesses and more about their perspectives on the push for a price on carbon. 

Grassroots Action 

Grassroots action is at the heart of the push for a price on carbon. Citizens’ Climate grassroots supporters span the United States and its diverse climates and interests. Together, we’ll double down on the push for a price. You’ll be trained on actions you can take in your community, with the media, and with your member of Congress.

Additionally, we are offering 4 seminars on Sunday, June 13th at 1pm ET that will dive deeper into the topics than a regular conference breakout. Sign up for one when you register.

This Conference will be held on a video conferencing website called Airmeet. Registered attendees should expect an email with connection details on June 10th. For the best experience on Airmeet, we encourage you to join on a laptop or desktop computer, using Chrome as your internet browser (be sure it is up to date, version 79 or later). Click here to join us.

Featuring remarks from:

Jerry Taylor

Jerry Taylor is the president of the Niskanen Center. Prior to founding the Center in 2014, Taylor spent 23 years at the Cato Institute, where he served as director of natural resource studies, assistant editor of Regulation magazine, senior fellow, and then vice president. Before that, Taylor was the staff director for the energy and environment task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Over the past two decades, Mr. Taylor has been one of the prominent and influential libertarian voices in energy policy in Washington. He is the author of numerous policy studies, and has testified often before Congress. Mr. Taylor is routinely featured in prominent media outlets, including: The New Yorker, The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Vox, New York Magazine, CNN, CQ Roll Call, and Politico.

Jasmine Sanders

Jasmine Sanders is the Executive Director of Our Climate, a climate change advocacy organization energized by its youth grassroots movement. Striving to raise awareness to the intersecting effects of climate change and the communities of color who are disproportionately affected, she utilizes the positivity that results from uplifting our youth to make a global impact. Previously, she managed the strategic initiatives and special projects for HIAS, wrote legislative briefs for the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee and fellowed for Terpstra Associates, a DC lobbying firm where she advocated on Capitol Hill for agricultural and environmental issues. She earned a graduate degree from the University of Essex with a MSc in Tropical Marine Biology and is a graduate from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Biology and a minor in Spanish.

Adele Morris

Adele Morris is the Joseph A. Pechman senior fellow in Economic Studies and the policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. Her research informs critical decisions related to climate change, energy, and tax policy, and she is a leading global expert on the design of carbon pricing policies. She joined Brookings in July 2008 from the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress. Before her work in Congress, Morris was the lead natural resource economist for the U.S. Treasury Department for nine years. Prior to joining the Treasury, she served as the senior economist for environmental affairs at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the development of the Kyoto Protocol. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Program

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

Friday, June 11, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Who is invited to attend the June virtual 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 registration 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 the week of June 14th?

You are not required to attend the Conference on June 12-13 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 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, and let them know 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. Schedules will not be sent out by CCL Headquarters.

Program and Agenda

What are the Sunday Seminars?

Our optional virtual Sunday Seminars last two to two and half hours, taking our volunteers deeper into material than a standard conference breakout. When you register for the conference, you can choose to RSVP for a Sunday Seminar as well, please select the “RSVP Sunday June 13th” ticket when you register. Please register for the seminar you plan to attend so we know how many to expect. 

Attendees can choose one of four topics:

1. A Lens Into Race and Climate (2 hours)

How do White and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals move beyond diversity to talk about race issues at a climate organization? Gain tools and practices for counteracting racial bias and microaggressions to help create a more compassionate and inclusive organization. This session will be hosted by Program Director, Don Addu, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Karina Ramírez and Diversity and Inclusion Program Coordinator, Patricia Rubio. [Similar workshop offered at the Dec. 2020 conference]

2. Energy Innovation Act: Messaging and Policy Details (2 hours)

How do you know what to say when talking about the Energy Innovation Act and other carbon pricing policies? We’ll review key messages, discuss how to tailor your message for your audience, and the materials available to help make the case. [New seminar]

3. Understanding the Conservative Perspective – Critical to Achieve the Mission (1.5 hours)

In our politically polarized times, we may not always want to interact with those who have different viewpoints from ours. But as lobbyists for a bipartisan climate solution, leaving our echo chambers is critical to achieving our mission. Join us for a Braver Angels Town Hall in which progressives/liberals will hear from a diverse panel of conservatives and learn to appreciate common ground. You will leave with an understanding that bipartisanship is not just a given – it requires conscious effort from all. [New seminar]

4. Climate Advocate Training Workshop (2.5 hours)

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 June 14-18 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

Where can I find the conference schedule?

You can find the conference schedule for both June 12 and 13 on this webpage you are currently viewing, scroll up to the “Program” section to find the conference agenda. We’ll be making updates to the program as we get closer to the conference, so be sure to check back for the most up-to-date 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. 

Technology

How do I connect to the conference?

We will be using Airmeet as our conference platform this June. WE WILL NOT BE USING ZOOM. Airmeet offers more opportunity for attendees to connect and network, and allows for a smoother transition between conference sessions. We will be sending a logistics email on June 10th to all registered attendees with instructions on how to connect on Airmeet. 

For the best experience on Airmeet, we encourage you to join on a laptop or desktop computer, using Chrome as your internet browser (be sure it is up to date, version 79 or later). Airmeet also supports these other browsers. Not connecting on a laptop/desktop or Chrome v79 or later will most likely limit your interactivity on the platform, and cause sound and video issues.

Are there technical requirements to use Airmeet?

Yes, for the best experience on Airmeet, we encourage you to join on a laptop or desktop computer, using Chrome as your internet browser (be sure it is up to date, version 79 or later). Airmeet also supports these other browsers. Not connecting on a laptop/desktop or Chrome v79 or later will most likely limit your interactivity on the platform, and cause sound and video issues.