Citing rising lake levels, shoreline erosion and other serious climate issues, Nan Lundeen and her friends at the St. Joseph Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby are hopeful that the organization’s upcoming virtual conference this week will set the state for climate advocacy in 2021 and beyond.
Lundeen, who serves as media team leader for the St. Joseph Chapter says that climate activists see changes inaugurated by the 2020 election as “a welcome opportunity to enact legislation to slow down climate change.” Their grassroots nonprofit organization is hosting a virtual climate conference and nationwide lobbying push from December 5th through December 10th.
Everyone is welcome to participate by visiting “United We Move,” or this link: http://www.citizensclimatelobby.org. The free conference is open to the public and members of the media.
The bipartisan CCL advocates putting a price on greenhouse gas emitters such as fossil fuel industries & returning the dividend to families in a monthly check, saying that encourages innovation and creates jobs in a market-driven transition to green energy.
Programming on December 5th will feature:
- A post-election overview of the climate advocacy landscape heading into a new Congress.
- Breakout training workshops to equip attendees with the skills they need to push for climate legislation in 2021.
- Keynote speaker Hahrie Han, a political science professor at Johns Hopkins University who specializes in organizing, civic engagement, and democracy.
- Keynote speaker John Wood, Jr., Director of Public Outreach at Braver Angels, an organization dedicated to bringing liberals and conservatives together at the grassroots level.
Members of the St. Joseph Chapter of the CCL see the new Congress and new administration as key to addressing the climate crisis. Lundeen says, “We’re looking forward to attending this national event because the need for climate action is more apparent than ever,” adding, “This year, we have seen the Great Lakes rise to record levels, serious shoreline erosion, flooding and extreme weather. We’re preparing to push hard to enlist bipartisan support for major climate legislation in 2021.”