We are thankful: A CCL Thanksgiving

CCL volunteers gather on the steps of the Capitol before heading off for meetings with congressional offices.

CCL volunteers gather on the steps of the Capitol. For these people, their efforts, and so much more, we are thankful.

We are thankful: A CCL Thanksgiving

By Flannery Winchester

CCL works from a place of deep gratitude and respect: for our members of Congress, for our volunteers, and for the endless enthusiasm of everyone involved in this movement.

Today in particular, we’re thankful for…

Old friends and new. In our efforts for a livable world, we’re not alone. Everyone from climate scientists to celebrities continue to do amazing work, such as climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and her new Global Weirding series, and Leonardo DiCaprio with his Oscar stage shoutouts and new documentary “Before the Flood.” For every effort that supports our common goal, we are thankful.

In the new year, we know we’ll build more friendships with conservatives in the House, Senate and the White House. For all the progress we’ll make together, we are already thankful.

Quality time. This community, and its achievements, would not be possible without all the quality time invested by each and every dedicated volunteer, in chapters from Anchorage to West Virginia, from Asia to Africa. With their time and diverse talents, they’ve planned speaking tours, hosted radio shows, launched chapters in coal country, biked across the country and more on behalf of our cause.

They’ve also spent days traveling, training and lobbying in Washington, DC, as hundreds of CCLers did after the election. For all your time, optimism and energy for climate advocacy, we are thankful.

Good neighbors. Our neighbors to the north will put a price on carbon by 2018, thanks in no small part to CCL Canada’s 10 lobbying events and 1300+ op eds and letters to editors in support of carbon pricing. For your consistent efforts and inspiring example, we are thankful.

We’re also grateful to neighbors even closer to home who are courageously dealing with the effects of climate change and oil dependency in their own backyards. Our Indigenous brothers and sisters are working to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and protect clean water for all of us, and coastal communities like Norfolk, VA and Key West, FL are having tough, but necessary conversations about adaptation to climate change. For your courage and your leadership, we are thankful.

Progress. This year brought with it the birth of the Climate Solutions Caucus, an incredible testament to political will and bipartisan dialogue. The group came together, had a successful first meeting, and has since grown by 20 members. For the progress so far, and all the potential we see in the future, we are thankful.   

Hope. As we often say in CCL, “Action is the antidote to despair.” Another way to phrase it might be that action is a recipe for hope. It’s that hope, based on all our volunteers’ hard work, that led CCL’s executive director Mark Reynolds to promise, “By the end of 2017, we will have Congress pass a bill that places a fee on carbon and returns the revenue to households.”

CCLers are already doing everything they can to support making that promise a reality. This Thanksgiving season, CCL has the opportunity for $150,000 of matching funds if we raise $150,000 by Giving Tuesday—meaning a possible $300,000 total. Our volunteers and supporters have already risen to the challenge, donating more than $130,000 so far. That has inspired another foundation to offer an additional $100,000 matching gift! Our new fundraising goal is $250,000. For these generous donations, matching gifts, and the hope we all share, we are thankful.

So today, and every day, we’ll continue to say thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

Flannery Winchester
Flannery Winchester has put her words to work for magazines, for marketing agencies, and now for our earth as CCL's Communications Director. She is grateful to spend every day working to preserve this beautiful planet.