commitment. Much more effective grassroots climate activism is required to elicit the needed policy responses from elected officials. The Citizens Climate Lobby is a well-established organization of ordinary citizens who are building “political will for a livable world” by lobbying elected representatives, making public presentations, writing op-ed columns and letters to editors, and seeking endorsements. Organized into 265 local chapters in the US and 36 chapters across nine other nations, we promote the policy of a “carbon fee and dividend” to reduce emissions. The CCL was instrumental in the early 2016 establishment of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the US House of Representatives, and on June 19 th 900 lobbyists met with members of Congress and/or their staff in over 500 Congressional offices. Building on these and other successes the CCL provides a way forward on climate legislation. Effective lobbying entails building good relationships, civil discourse, deep listening, and respect. All of
these practices are critical to effectively confront the myriad challenges of climate mitigation and, increasingly, climate adaptation. My presentation will briefly describe the history, structure, values, methods and successes of the CCL. I will then sketch the economics of the “carbon fee and dividend” policy, including the projected downward redistribute of purchasing power in the United States. I will also address the organization’s weaknesses and limitations.
A blueprint for a self-sustained, interdependent, nondiscriminatory, dynamic and realistic world has been defined.
Prototypes of ecopolis have been successfully implemented. Learning from implementations is being used to create a model that is dynamic and evolves with the needs of the time and space.
The world has started to move from a consumerist attitude of ownership towards to a compassionate attitude of sharing.
Reduce, reuse, recycle are second nature to everyone.
Industry has moved from measuring success economically to measuring success ecologically.
The world has realized the perils of its current greed based lifestyle and has started working on a framework for a needs based lifestyle.
The lifestyle is moving towards living in harmony with nature by making governments, industry, and community take responsibility and accountability for making the necessary changes.
Children as our only future is beginning to take root in all thinking, actions and policies.
Anthony Otey Hernández