On Monday evening, February 3, BU Citizens’ Climate Lobby underwent Climate Advocacy Training with Randy Gyory, Group Leader at CCL Pottsville and Co-Coordinator of Pennsylvania CCL Chapters. It was a full house!
Our next general meeting will take place on Monday, February 17 at 7pm in McCormick 1230. Mark your calendar!
This fall, the Bloomsburg University Citizen’s Climate Lobby achieved some important milestones. We were recognized as an official chapter by the national office of CCL, we were recognized as an official student club by the university, we formed an executive board and wrote a constitution, held our first fundraiser, co-sponsored several events, and arranged to begin a membership drive effective January, 2020. The future looks bright!
By way of retrospective, here are some photos from our November 1st paint-your-own-totebag fundraiser:
And one from our post-lecture dinner with Penn State’s Peter Buckland:
The Citizens’ Climate Lobby Policy Camp takes place each summer at American University in Washington D.C. It is made up of a series of seminars and simulations regarding climate policy. Truthfully, I did not know what to expect when I first arrived. Only recently had I joined the fight against climate change. I went in alone and timid, to one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.
The word “camp” is no way to describe this experience. This
was gathering of people from far and wide. I personally worked with people from
New England, Idaho, Oregon, and even Portugal! It was truly enlightening to see
such a wide scope of origins and ages. As a result of this diversity, there was
so much to learn about the CCL and other people involved with it. I spoke with
people just trying to stay up to date on climate change, other campus leaders,
and even members of local government. There was even a networking event for
people looking for jobs related to the climate.
The seminars began with taking a deeper look into the Energy
Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act presented by the man who worded the official
bill, Dr. Ross Astoria. In addition, there was a seminar dedicated to
explaining the two different methods of carbon pricing: cap-and-trade programs
and carbon taxing. The seminars then branched off into the different topics
assigned to each participant in advance. I was assigned to the domestic track
and placed into the state-level mitigation groups. The seminars that followed
were full of information that helped me reach a new understanding of climate
policy in the United States. We analyzed what worked in some states and not in
others and how to formulate policies for specific audiences.
The camp concluded with two simulations—one international
and one domestic. In the simulation that I participated in, the goal was to
draft a bill that would be accepted by the majority. The complexity of this
process was reflected in the groups that had to bring together ideas
individually and then connect with others and make compromises.
When I first signed up for the camp, I was most anxious when
I found out that there would be a simulation at the end. I used to struggle
with asserting myself in class discussions. But I felt more prepared as each
seminar went by, and with each new conversation I had. When we finally met with
our groups the night before, I discovered that the next youngest person was at
least seven years older than I. To my surprise, I naturally filled the
leadership role. With open ears and without stepping on anybody’s toes, I made
suggestions about which pieces each person should research. I even accepted the
role of the spokesperson for my group. By the end of the simulation, everybody
in that room knew who I was—or at least by my new nickname: Pennsylvania.
The Citizen’s Climate Lobby Policy Camp laid down the
foundation of what the CCL is all about: to fight climate change and put the
power in the hands of the people.