Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots nonprofit started here in the United States about ten years ago, which has grown into a into a global organization. Everyone — well, almost everyone — acknowledges we have a huge problem with how we humans pump so much carbon into the atmosphere, in industrialized societies. Everyone knows we need to limit these emissions, but how? One solution that has emerged as the most credible is called “carbon fee and dividend.” The idea is you put a price on carbon pollution, collect a fee from the polluters, and then pay that back to the citizens. That puts economic pressure to change the footing of our economy, and helps the common person cope with the changes. It may only be one piece of the puzzle, but it’s a pretty big piece. That’s the solution that Citizens’ Climate Lobby advocates.
The 2021 CCL Conference: June 12-13
This year’s conference will cover topics from practical ways to make this carbon reduction effort, to race related effects of climate change, and much more, which can be seen at the webpage (and you can register for the conference there too).
From that page:
It Takes a Coalition
Keynote speakers Jasmine Sanders, Executive Director of Our Climate, and Jerry Taylor, President of Niskanen Center, will share what their organizations are doing this year in support of climate solutions. At our breakout sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from faith groups, local leaders, businesses and more about their perspectives on the push for a price on carbon.
Grassroots action is at the heart of the push for a price on carbon. Citizens’ Climate grassroots supporters span the United States and its diverse climates and interests. Together, we’ll double down on the push for a price. You’ll be trained on actions you can take in your community, with the media, and with your member of Congress.
Additionally, we are offering 4 seminars on Sunday, June 13th at 1pm ET that will dive deeper into the topics than a regular conference breakout. Sign up for one when you register.
Earth Based Spirituality Action Team
As one part of this larger, global movement toward reducing our carbon footprint, our Earth Based Spirituality Action Team both helps our Earth as well as bringing religious diversity to this effort. At our last meeting we recorded statements of why we are involved. You can see the video here:
We hope to see you at the conference, and you are also invited to our Earth Based Spirituality Action Team meetings too! The next meeting is June 14th (the day after the conference), and the speaker will be Jon Cleland Host. We keep the meetings to 30 minutes to respect everyone’s time. The link for the zoom meeting for all our meetings (usually 2nd or 3rd Monday each month) is here, and can be bookmarked.
About the Author: Bart Everson
What can we learn, and how can we teach, from the cycles of the Earth — both the cycles within us, and the cycles in which we find ourselves?
In addition to writing the A Pedagogy of Gaia column here at HumanisticPaganism,Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband and a father. An award-winning videographer, he is co-creator of ROX, the first TV show on the internet. As a media artist and an advocate for faculty development in higher education, he is interested in current and emerging trends in social media, blogging, podcasting, et cetera, as well as contemplative pedagogy and integrative learning. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Corridor, sometime contributor to Rising Tide, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle.