Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization founded in 2007 and focused on national policies to address climate change. To learn about CCL, visit their website at www.citizensclimatelobby.org.
CCL is working for a federal policy that will assess a fee on all fossil fuels when they enter the economy, return the funds collected to American households as a monthly dividend, and protect business by making border adjustments when exporting to or importing from countries with no carbon fee. This policy is known as “Carbon Fee & Dividend.” We are building public understanding and support for this policy as we communicate regularly with our elected representatives in Washington DC and their staff to encourage adoption of the policy.
WHAT WE DO
The activities of the Bend CCL chapter focus on the five areas below. At our monthly meetings we plan activities and share the results of our efforts that are all, ultimately, aimed at facilitating a national carbon fee and dividend policy.
This work is all about building relationships. We get to know on a first-name basis the Central Oregon-based staff of our three elected federal officials, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representative Greg Walden. We seek meetings with both the staff and the officials themselves to discuss our policy proposal and to learn what their considerations related to carbon fee and dividend might be. Chapter members participate in the annual national conference in June in Washington DC and visit Congressional offices on the Hill to reinforce public support for this policy.
We engage in writing Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds for our local papers and meet with editorial boards to make sure they are well informed about our work. We also give radio and TV interviews and seek opportunities to get the word out as broadly as possible. Our goal is to build local awareness of the need to act on climate change and the policy proposal that will bring about the change that is needed.
The Bend CCL chapter takes advantage of the many opportunities to interact with the public in our community.We give talks at local community group meetings, staff tables with literature and exhibits at events such as Earth Day and the annual Labor Day picnic, and plan events such as film showings to bring people together to listen and learn.
BUSINESS & COMMUNITY LEADER ENGAGEMENT
It is particularly valuable to have the voices of business and community leaders heard in Washington. That’s the way politics works! We have been collecting signatures to a letter to Representative Walden encouraging him to engage in the discussions on climate that are ongoing in Washington DC. In addition we ask our business and community leaders to speak up on their own about the need for climate action.
Our chapter has a slide show on global warming and why carbon fee & dividend is the best response.We adapt the presentation to the particular audience, but the core messages remain the same. The slide show is one of the most powerful ways to connect with people over this issue, and we are always happy to be asked to give a presentation.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. These core values guide our staff and volunteers along the way.
We are focused on what we see as the single most impactful solution to climate change – a national carbon fee.
We believe that people are good, and that democracy works. We are confident that our approach will work because we see progress.
We take the most generous approach to other people as possible – appreciation, gratitude, and respect.
We are prepared and do our research. We are open to new information.
We use our voices to be heard.
Our group is open to all who are serious about solving climate change.
Our work is organized around five core activities that all Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapters pursue to bring citizens into the political process and ensure their contribution is constructive. We call these activities the “levers of political will.”
We train citizens how to lobby in support of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal by building friendly relationships with our federally elected representatives.
We train citizens how to engage with and influence the media. We write letters to the editors and op-eds, meet with editorial boards and work to place stories in all forms of media.
We recruit and educate the public on climate solutions, citizen advocacy and how to participate with one’s government.
We seek to educate, build partnerships with and gain the support of community leaders and non-governmental organizations, both nationally and locally.
It is through the growth and management of the local CCL group/chapter, that it becomes possible to push on the other four levers for building political will.
BEND CCL CHAPTER
The Bend CCL chapter was formed in 2013. Our chapter is one of six in Oregon and one of two in Oregon’s Congressional District 2 (OR2). The other chapter in OR2 is in Southern Oregon, based in Ashland.
The Bend chapter meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm (see below for details). In between meetings we carry on the work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and then review our progress and plan for our next activities when we gather. Along with education and outreach in Central Oregon, we are focused on communicating with our two Oregon senators and our OR2 representative in Congress.
We also have occasional discussion forums where chapter members and others gather to discuss topics of interest, listen to guest speakers, and build community.
We are always learning and supporting each other as we do this work. Newcomers are welcome!
CCL members on lobby day on the steps of the Capitol building, 2016.
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Bend CCL warmly welcomes questions, ideas, and volunteers