It is my great privilege to be working for Citizens Climate Lobby. After four years volunteering with this tremendous family of committed, engaged citizens, all collaborating to ensure a safe, secure climate future, through genuine democratic process, this month I was hired as Strategic Coordinator. I don’t think it would be possible to find a more rewarding and inspired group of people to work with on a day to day basis, and the work itself allows me the blessed experience of using my abilities to help others to be the constructive future-builders they long to be.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Drom on Avenue A, in New York City, Joseph Robertson spoke to a packed house at Lucid NYC about the game-changing citizen volunteer organizing of Citizens Climate Lobby, an effort of great significance for the future of our climate and for our potential to build a true, clean, sustainable energy … Continue reading CCL Talk at Lucid NYC
On Friday, October 11, 2013, I had the privilege of organizing and participating in Citizens Climate Lobby’s first hosted panel at the World Bank Civil Society Forum. We were there to deliver the message of CCL’s humanizing and consequential work, and the particular mode of stakeholder-centered carbon pricing legislation that is most likely to allow us to solve the climate crisis.
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On Friday, October 11, 2013, Citizens Climate Lobby will present a panel at the World Bank / IMF Civil Society Forum, titled Stakeholder-Centered Carbon Pricing to Solve the Climate Crisis. Participants include:
- Sieren Ernst – Ethics & Environment, Principal & Founder
- Erica Flock – EarthShare, Online Manager
- Danny Richter, PhD – Citizens Climate Lobby, Legislative Director
- Joseph Robertson – Geoversiv Envisioning, President & Founder
- Elli Sparks – Citizens Climate Lobby, Development Director
In 2009, three activists went to Washington, DC, to make contact with government, to discuss doing something in the interest of the public good and the nation’s long-term survival. The idea: deal with climate, protect our future. How to do it: organize citizen volunteers from across the country to communicate directly with their elected officials; cultivate values like knowledge, honesty and respect, and build relationships that help shift the political winds.
In 2010, Citizens Climate Lobby brought 25 people from across the US together for three days in June, to meet make 54 visits to Congressional offices in both chambers, in both parties. In 2011, 82 volunteers reached over 140 offices. In 2012, 180 volunteers reached more than 300 offices, and last week, 372 CCL volunteers, including some from Canada, met with more than 439 offices of the United States Congress, as well as the IMF and World Bank.
I am blessed to know and be a part of the inspiring and devoted community of people that is Citizens Climate Lobby. Today, I set out for the fourth year in a row of gathering citizen volunteers from across North America, with the aim of building non-partisan political will for action to harmonize our relationship with nature, by correcting the failed market price for carbon-based fuels and letting the American people motivate the transition to a truth-telling all-clean energy economy.
While vested interests push risky schemes like the Keystone XL pipeline, which will gravely exacerbate the climate destabilization we already face, global human industry has now pushed atmospheric CO2 concentrations to 400 ppm, 50% above the norm for almost all of the history of our species.
We need to change course and organize our relationship to Earth’s life support systems more intelligently. We not only know how to do set in motion this global transition; we know how to do it affordably, with no cost to taxpayers, no expansion of government, and a vast expansion of private capital investment in middle-class job creation and new technologies.
There is a new bicameral Carbon Fee coalition in the House and Senate. The coalition is led by Rep. Waxman, Sen. Whitehouse, Rep. Blumenauer, Sen. Schatz & their respective staff, and they are asking for public comment. Here are the four questions upon which the legislators are seeking particular guidance: What is the appropriate price … Continue reading Answers for Crafting a National Carbon Pricing Plan
Watch where you are going! It’s simple advice, given to every child and which immediately comes to mind whenever someone obviously slams into us as we walk in the street or in a crowded train station, shop or airport. We expect all other drivers to watch where they are going, so we can be relatively … Continue reading The Climate Solution Moment is Now
The movement to address and resolve the mounting global crisis resulting from pervasive climate destabilization is not born of utopian fantasy; it is about dealing with and addressing reality, and doing it to the best of our abilities. We have the technology now to go 100% fuel free, but we are trapped in a vicious … Continue reading Solving the Climate Crisis Means Addressing Reality