Citizens’ Climate Lobby and TJ
The Green Sanctuary Committee is asking that TJ officially endorse the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. At our May congregational meeting we will ask the congregation to vote on this endorsement. As required by our by-laws, we are offering several opportunities to learn more about Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).

CCL was started in 2007 by Marshall Saunders, a California real estate broker who became alarmed by climate change and began giving talks about global warming. Quickly he realized that anything his listeners intended to do as individuals was totally swamped by public policy, by what the government did or didn’t do. He realized that ordinary people were not asking their members of Congress for anything regarding climate change, not in an organized and effective way. Furthermore, they didn’t know what to do or how to do it, nor did they have self-confidence and support they needed.

CCL’s purpose is to change all that by empowering individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power and by gaining the tools to be effective with our government. CCL organizes by establishing local chapters in congressional districts. By working together, members experience the profound difference people can make by empowering and inspiring their elected representatives, local media, and community. Currently there are 381 chapters throughout the world. In Kentucky, Louisville and Bowling Green have active chapters, and 5 more chapters are being organized.

CCL’s preferred climate solution, known as Carbon Fee and Dividend, is a national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system (CF&D) that would place a predictable, steadily rising price on carbon, with all fees collected minus administrative costs returned to households as a monthly energy dividend. In just 20 years, studies show, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.8 million jobs to the American economy. Carbon Fee and Dividend is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world. This policy will drastically reduce emissions, create jobs, and support small businesses and families – all without growing government.

Please join us in learning more about Citizens’ Climate Lobby on March 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 7pm during Open Campus. During the first 30 minutes of each session we will discuss our request to endorse the CCL. The remaining time will include presentations on various ways you can individually reduce your carbon footprint. On March 8th, we will discuss solar energy and examine your own ability to use solar. On March 15th, we will cover various methods of transportation that can lower carbon emissions. On March 22nd, our presentation will be on food choices. And on March 29, we will show the film, “Before the Flood”, on climate change. Please plan to attend at least one of the educational sessions on Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and then join us at 7:30pm to learn more about what you can do yourself to lower your carbon footprint.