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Question: What is Citizens’ Climate Lobby?

Answer:  CCL is an international, non-partisan, grassroots organization committed to creating the political will for a livable climate. We strive to create that will by empowering citizens to exercise their right to engage their elected leaders on vital issues.

CCL pursues this goal by organizing and training volunteers in local chapters to take a variety of actions. We focus on building support for what we see as the single most impactful solution to climate change — a national carbon fee and dividend – through direct advocacy to our elected representatives, but also by outreach to media, community influencers, and the public.

Our reach is vast, with over 180,000 volunteers and supporters around the world. Besides chapters in every U.S. state and Canadian province, we’ve also established active chapters in 21 countries from Australia to Zimbabwe.

On the lobbying front, CCL brings over a thousand volunteers to Washington D.C. twice a year to speak directly to House and Senate offices. Similarly, in Canada we send hundreds to Ottawa every year to lobby for effective carbon pricing. Since 2010 we’ve held over 8,000 volunteer-led lobby meetings. This has driven the introduction of eight carbon pricing bills in the U.S. and the enactment of a national revenue-neutral carbon tax in Canada.

In media relations, we’ve scored over 20,000 letters to the editor, op-eds, and articles in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and online publications over the last 10 years. We’ve held over 13,000 public events including presentations, panel discussions, and film screenings. All this work has led to over a thousand endorsements for our signature legislation, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. [1,2]

RelatedAbout CCL.

  1. H.R.763 – Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. Congress.gov (24 Jan 2019).
  2. “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act: the bipartisan solution.” (accessed 04 Jan 2020).

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