Eventbrite - Global Climate Strategy LaunchWe need all hands on deck.

On the day of the UN Climate Summit, Sept. 23, 2014, Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be releasing a fully annotated Global Strategy Whitepaper, and launching its effort to pull together a coalition of stakeholders, thought-leaders, businesses, nonprofits and governments, to achieve an economically efficient, value-building plan to price carbon and transition to climate-smart economic and investment policies.

  • Date: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Impact Hub NYC
  • Address: 394 Broadway, New York, NY
  • URL:

September 23 is the day we start building a borderless coalition of grassroots and institutional support, a coalition of the working, to achieve the best policy for real people and for our climate future.

Agenda for the Event:

  • Release Global Strategy whitepaper outlining path to effective climate solution.
  • Explain CCL model for coordinated grassroots policy advising.
  • Detail proposal to price carbon and build the economy.
  • Conference in viewers from around the world.
  • Launch effort to build borderless multi-sector coalition of support for carbon pricing solution at the Paris talks in 2015.
  • Begin building connections between participants, networks of supporters.

Speakers to include:

  • Dr. James Hansen, Director of Climate Science Awareness and Solutions program, Columbia University Earth Institute
  • Joseph Robertson, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Global Strategy Director
  • John Hansen, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Coalition Development Specialist
  • Other invited guests

Join us, to not just talk about solutions, but to directly engage in making a real climate solution possible. Reserve your seat at the table, by joining this event.

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