On Thursday, February 24, Citizens Climate Lobby launched a new campus chapter at Villanova University, outside of Philadelphia, then another in central New Jersey, at a working dinner in Fair Haven, Monmouth County. Mark Reynolds, executive director of CCL, led both events, giving volunteers an opportunity to examine both fact and strategy related to shaping a viable, grassroots-based policy to transition the US economy to clean energy.
The Villanova event was a working lunch, with students and faculty joining Mark Reynolds, to hold their first official group meeting, to study key sources of information relating to the climate destabilization crisis and reviewing projects like the Million Letter March, the report Building a Green Economy, and the CCL National Conference in Washington, DC, as means of increasing citizens’ access to the process of making policy.
Between June 21 and 25, Citizens Climate Lobby took its message to Capitol Hill, meeting with 52 different members of Congress, or their energy and climate staff, in both the House and the Senate. The first CCL national conference was fortuitously timed, as the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has brought into stark relief the nature of the carbon-fuel problem and the urgent need for action to achieve a civilization-wide overhaul of energy infrastructure, and the climate bill pending in the Senate may not have the votes to override a filibuster.