Citizens Climate Education Corp provides a constant stream of extremely helpful resources to support climate activism. I recommend them to everyone to whom I give a presentation. They are invaluable
For many years I worried about climate change but despaired of doing anything to address it. I felt that I didn’t know enough about the science and didn’t have the information and skills I needed to talk intelligently about it. Citizens Climate Education (CCE), through their monthly calls, laser talks, and Citizens Climate University webcasts, have provided me with the information, skills, and confidence I needed. I now am not only prepared to educate my friends, my community, and my colleagues about climate change and the urgency of addressing it; I am actually doing so. Through the resources provided me by CCE I have given educational sessions to several groups and had several letters to the editor published in my local paper.
Citizens' Climate Education provides a wonderful and consistent source of information about climate change and a practical solution: a steadily rising fee on carbon with a revenue-neutral dividend. But CCE goes further to provide each of us with a toolkit to activate our citizenship and inform the community around us, our newspaper editorial boards, and local and national leaders. This approach empowers us as volunteers and is the best way to build an informed, positive and powerful coalition.
CCE has helped me take personal action - and provides a a unique, nurturing force that is helping thousands of other volunteers to become part of a national discussion and take action to address climate change.
Executive Director Mark Reynolds is inspiring and has done a wonderful job of crafting a national (and international) organization that is very directed and effective, but fundamentally driven by the enthusiasm that CCE generates through individual volunteers.
I first heard about Citizens Climate Lobby in the New York Times. I loved the idea that the organization trains regular citizens to actually lobby Congress. I've been involved almost three years and in that time CCLE has given me the tools to speak to both my community and now Congress (I'm going to Washington to lobby this month!). I've taken that knowledge and put together a forum with The League of Women Voters, Berkeley Climate Action, the Sierra Club, The Ecology Center and The David Brower Center entitled "Carbon Pricing 101" which drew over 200 people on a Monday night!
The extent and depth of the knowledge provided by CCLE to those of us working for a bi-partisan effective solution to the climate crisis is so helpful in moving our mission forward. Best environmental organization I've worked with in terms of support to its members.
I’ve been volunteering with Citizens Climate Education Corporation (CCEC) for many years. CCEC is an international nonprofit dedicated to creating a stable climate for future generations.
When I first started learning about climate change, searching for the truth through all the misinformation, what I learned really scared me. The science is very clear and the risks to human society are great. I began searching for an organization to work with and was amazed when I found CCEC. They had a clear solution – a revenue neutral carbon tax with dividends– and a strategic plan to get it done. What’s amazing about CCEC is their ability to help ordinary people step out of their comfort zone to act on what they know is right. CCEC gave me an opportunity to speak out for the millions of people all over the world at risk because of our inability to act on climate change and secure a safe and just future for all.
With CCEC, I’ve accomplished a number of things and most importantly, I’m hopeful about the future again. I founded the NYC Chapter of CCEC. We have held many district meetings with members of Congress or their staff to educate them about climate change, the need to act and potential solutions. We have had a number of letters to the editor published and one editorial. I have learned a great deal about the science of climate change, potential and probable impacts on the environment and humanity, and various solutions to this crisis. I have also learned about the role of advocates in moving policy forward. I have gone on to work professionally in the field of climate change advocacy and environmental justice and would not have done this without the support and education of CCEC.
This type of advocacy and learning is happening all over the country because of the leadership and training provided by CCEC. I highly recommend working with this organization.
Citizens’ Climate Education has changed my life in deeply satisfying ways. I’m a retired university faculty member, and I had been increasingly depressed about the impacts of climate change on our planet. When I learned about CCE’s focus on the simple, elegant solution of carbon fee & dividend, I felt a glimmer of hope for the first time in ages. When I saw the array of educational opportunities that CCE provides to individual volunteers, the level of support that they provide to groups, I knew that I could take on the challenge of serving as a group leader in my community.
As an English professor, I felt confident in my written and oral communication skills, but was less sure of myself with regard to the information pertinent to climate change. CCE fills that gap through webinars, laser talks, guest speakers and more, providing me with the knowledge base—scientific, economic, political, and ethical—that informs my communication skills.
As a citizen, I hadn’t thought much about my ability to effect change at the level of national government. While I had always been a voter, I had rarely sought to contact a member of Congress on issues that mattered to me. CCE has demonstrated the way that my efforts can help build the social and political will for climate solutions. It has energized my life as a citizen in powerful ways, and revitalized my belief in democracy.
In my post-retirement years, my life experience as an educator has taken on a new, vital meaning; I am so grateful for Citizens’ Climate Education’s good work—which now extends beyond the US and (appropriately) embraces the globe—and to those whose generous support makes it possible.
As a physician, historically my days were spent sequestered in an office diagnosing disease. My workdays and work weeks were long, and when I had free time, I spent it with my family. I tried to stay in touch with current events by listening to NPR while commuting to work. Climate change was a nagging concern that I would address some day when “life slowed down”.
Unfortunately, the impacts of our changing climate are unfolding on a schedule different from my own. It became apparent that my son’s future would be directly affected by climate disruption and I could no longer put off becoming involved, but how? Fortunately, a new chapter of Citizens’ Climate Education Corp (CCEC) was starting in my town.
Since March of 2013, I have been an active volunteer for CCEC. What I thought would be a new interest, turned into a consuming passion. A passion that encompassed much more than taking action on climate change. CCEC opened my eyes to the realization that in order to make the changes necessary to address our warming world, I would have to claim my role as an educated, concerned citizen in our democracy. I needed to develop the skills to find common ground with those who have opposing viewpoints.
CCEC has done much more than educate me about the facts of climate change and the details of its proposed legislative solution, carbon fee & dividend. It has empowered me to move beyond my comfort zone. In the last 2.5 years, I have given about 50 presentations to the general public about the impacts of climate changes and its solutions, led workshops to start new chapters, set up tables to educate others, written letters to legislators and opinion pieces to newspapers, and met frequently with members of Congress. I have focused not only on the impacts of climate change, but in turn how federal carbon fee & dividend legislation would accelerate the transition to non-carbon forms of energy while protecting our economy. Most importantly, I focused on how we, as concerned citizens, can empower our legislators to take urgent action. Without the tremendous support provided by CCEC through conference calls, on-line education sessions, and access to references, I would never have had the confidence to move so far beyond my professional areas of expertise.
CCEC has built a network of similarly committed volunteers throughout the country and, in fact, throughout the world. Working together, we have developed strategies that encourage our legislators to move past party rhetoric and make bi-partisan decisions that will ultimately allow us to embrace the low carbon economy.
Most importantly, CCEC has provided an invaluable lesson for my now 17 year old son. He has witnessed and participated in democracy at its best. What could be more empowering than to make an appointment with one’s member of Congress, study the legislator’s personal and professional background, and then meet directly with him or her? CCEC prepares its volunteers to develop on-going respectful relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle. I think these lessons are critical for all Americans, but especially those who are young. I think it is the best hope we have for creating a livable world and it is a lesson for which I, personally, am profoundly thankful.
There was this thing called climate change that I felt powerless to do anything about. But I'm not a scientist. I'm not an economist. I don't have a direct line to the rich and powerful. I was scared, frustrated and overwhelmed. How could I, one person, do anything that would make a difference?
Citizens' Climate Education turned my head around. I discovered that one person in collaboration with hundreds of thousands of others focused on a clear goal can make a difference. I've been working with CCE for the past six years. In that time I've learned to speak articulately about what causes climate change and what needs to be done to slow the changes. I've been part of a larger team that brought democrats and republicans together to address this momentous challenge. I've seen people supporting one another to be their biggest and best selves.
Citizens' Climate Education is a remarkable organization. It is not only working to reverse climate change--it is transforming people in the process. What a gift it is to be able to work with such amazing, dedicated, generous people.
As a conservative who’s also concerned about the climate I was very happy to find Citizens' Climate Education (CCE). It’s an impressive group of over 36,000 volunteers who are non-partisan advocates for putting a national price on carbon. I am a donor. However I have also become a volunteer because CCE’s training allowed me to learn how to be most effective in reaching my members of congress (and their staff). CCE has also supported my efforts to improve our focus on conservative communication. CCE’s proposal allows America to maintain its place as global leader in energy while finding a solution to climate change - and helping the US economy.
This organization is the C(3) arm of Citizens' Climate Lobby. Its mission is education on the most important topic facing humanity: climate change and its solutions. Laser focused on a carbon price, they've had a huge impact in their short existence. The organization is extremely efficient and lean, powered by a large number of citizen volunteers who work with conviction and respect. When a carbon price passes in Congress, it will have CCL's fingerprints all over it.
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In a world where there are so many great organizations to give to, I have settled on a few that helps me grow as a person as well as helping our society think globally and act locally. The training and education that Citizens Climate Education provides has empowered me and so many others to educate ourselves and our legislators about climate change solutions. Sitting down with members of Congress and their staff to discuss climate solutions has engaged me in the democratic process and brought me hope.
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