The 2020 elections will shape our political strategy
The will to solve climate change is growing. 2021 could present historic opportunities for climate solutions, and CCL is preparing to move forward. At this conference, we’ll take a look at the road ahead. John Wood and Hahrie Han will discuss what the 2020 Presidential and Congressional election results mean for climate policy in 2021. And CCL’s Dr. Danny Richter will share key elements of CCL’s 2021 strategy based on the election.
We’ll stay true to our roots
Some things will remain the same no matter what the election outcomes are. We’ll continue our nonpartisan, grassroots approach. We’ll still build the relationships that turn enemies into allies, and allies into activists. At the conference, you’ll have an opportunity to hear about the work we do to reach out to, include and support all different types of people to reach their potential as climate advocates.
And build on our past successes
As we discuss the road ahead, it’s important for us to review what’s worked so far, and to build on those successes. 2020 has been a difficult year, but there have been bright spots as we transformed our advocacy from in-person to digital. CCLers will share highlights and best practices from their work this year.
Featuring remarks from:
Hahrie Han is the Inaugural Director of the SNF Agora Institute, a Professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in the study of organizing, movements, civic engagement, and democracy. She is the author of four books, and her award-winning work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and numerous other outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere.
John Wood, Jr.
John Wood, Jr.’s work has focused on creating dialogue and understanding between polarized communities. In 2014 he was California’s youngest active nominee for congress, and his campaign was notable for its nonpartisan focus and its emphasis on cultivating collaboration across political and racial divides. Wood was elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, a position he held from January 2015 – June 2016. He now serves as an Advisor to the American Project and is the Director of Public Outreach at Braver Angels.
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 United we move: December 2020 virtual conference.
No, this is a free event. If you would like to support CCL’s work, including the virtual conference in December, 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 December 5-6 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 Online-Only Lobby Day training page (coming soon!).
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
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 December 5th Conference, you will have an extra chance to put this value into action by attending our “Sunday Seminars” on December 6th.
Each of these optional virtual seminars lasts two to three hours, taking our volunteers deeper into the 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 December 6th” ticket when you register.
Attendees can choose one of four topics:
1. A closer look at carbon pricing studies and CCL’s June Analysis (3 hours)
This seminar will be divided into three sections (about 45 minutes each, with 15 minute breaks in between) and give attendees a closer look into various legislative topics. First, Rick Knight, CCL Research Coordinator will give an overview of the Household Impact Study which estimates the impact EICDA would have on American Households down to each U.S. zip code. Second, Jerry Hinkle, CCL Research Coordinator will present two separate papers – one by Noah Kaufman which goes over the necessary carbon price rates to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and another paper by Dr. Drew Shindell which speaks to the health benefits of a climate policy like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Lastly, Adeline DeYoung, CCL Government Affairs Coordinator and Taylor Krause, CCL National Partnerships and Coalitions Coordinator will review the outcome of CCL’s analysis of the June 2020 Lobby Day notes.
2. Bridging the Divide on Climate Solutions presented by Braver Angels (2 hours) (limited to 200 people)
While most Americans understand that climate change is real, they disagree about how to solve it. Some seek solutions that maintain the status quo, while others believe that the problem requires major systemic changes. Many agree that the topic is polarizing. Bridging the Divide on Climate Solutions, a Braver Angels workshop designed in collaboration with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), teaches communication skills that will allow people to talk more constructively with each other about solutions to climate change.
3. Envisioning Climate Success and Your Next Steps (2 hours)
Through a series of thought exercises, an interactive multimedia presentation, and small group discussions, Peterson Toscano, host of Citizens Climate Radio, will help you to more deeply appreciate your unique life experiences and connect your past to concrete next steps into the future. Through a mind-expanding time-travel exercise, you will free up your imagination and consider new solutions. Participants walk away with fresh ideas, feeling affirmed about what they care about most, and with a new sense of purpose.
4. A lens into race and climate (2 hours)
How do White and BIPOC 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.
The Conference program will be coming soon to this page!
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. However you can add sessions to your calendar if you wish to do so. Video conferencing information will be made available the day before the conference begins. You can check back at this program page to find the access information.
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. During the breakout session time, there will be up to 7 breakout sessions happening concurrently on separate conference lines. You will have to “Leave a Meeting” in order to exit the main session, and then rejoin the meeting you desire by finding the link in the Program.