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Help Solve Climate Change: Learn How to Speak So Politicians Will Listen

This article appeared in a February 2018 issue of the student newsletter.

Want to help speed up the transition to a clean, renewable energy economy? One that generates local jobs?

Mark your calendar for this free workshop! The event is open to everyone.

Climate Advocate Training
Mountain View College 
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, from 1 - 4 p.m.
Room B149

The Training Workshop

The purpose of the training is three-fold:

  1. To introduce the Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) to Dallas County, including CCL's history, mission, methodology and legislative proposal.
  2. To demystify citizen lobbying. 
  3. To immerse new volunteers in CCL values so that they begin to feel comfortable making decisions in the field.

The Agenda

For an in-depth overview of the training, view the workshop agenda (PDF - 75KB).  

As an attendee, you will learn how to increase student and higher education engagement in the political process using CCL's highly successful and proven methods, including:

  •     Cultivating relationships
  •     Conducting outreach
  •     Fostering civic engagement
  •     Obtaining endorsements
  •     Mentoring interns and student leaders
Also, don't forget to register in advance. This is especially important as we anticipate groups attending the workshop together — such as student organizations and districtwide councils focused on sustainability.

The Presenters

The Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses citizen engagement to bring about positive legislative change in state and national legislatures. In 2017, they were the catalyst for 1,653 lobby meetings, 72,721 letters to Congress, 4,093 published media articles and 3,247 outreach events.

Their mission is to:

  1. Build the political will for a livable world. CCL believes that politicians respond to political will and it's our job to build political will.
  2. Empower people to have breakthroughs in personal and political power.
CCL has been successful because they are respectful and collaborative. They are guided by, and always return to, their core values. You can visit their website to learn more about CCL

Go Further

Want to start a CCL chapter at your college? Contact your college's Sustainability Dept

Have questions about the workshop? Contact Lori De La Cruz  at ldelacruz@dcccd.edu.