The purposes of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) are to 1) create the political will for a stable climate and 2) to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.
CCL’s main project is to get a Carbon Fee and Dividend (like a carbon tax) bill passed through Congress. James Hansen, the world’s leading climate scientist, has said that putting a price on carbon is the best way to make renewables competitive enough to replace fossil fuels.
If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.
In the 1980s, the South African Apartheid regime had imposed violently racist segregation policies on its people. University of California students initiated a divestment campaign which pulled enough money out of South Africa to have effectively ended the regime.
Last summer, 350.org kicked off a fossil fuel divestment campaign modeled after the Apartheid divestment campaign from the 1980s. So far, several universities, cities and religious institutions – among others – have committed to
1. Freezing all current investments in the fossil fuel industry
2. Phasing them out completely within five years
Learn more here
“From gas drilling to toxic dumping to water bottling…who makes the rules where you live—corporations or residents? The Community Rights Program assists communities confronted by harmful corporate projects to assert their right to make important decisions that impact them by passing binding laws that place the rights of residents (and nature) above the claimed legal “rights” of corporations. At the heart of the Community Rights Program is the belief that our right to create the kind of place we want to live and reining in corporate exploitation of our communities is the next evolution of the civil rights revolution.” – from the Global Exchange websiteWe are working with Global Exchange to ban fracking and other fossil fuel industry practices within Santa Barbara County by using the community- and nature-rights legislative approach. This is a relatively new and absolutely revolutionary approach to taking on the fossil fuel industry – among other industries if you’d like – and we are excited to be working with director Shannon Biggs on this.