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A community stronger than COVID

By Staff | Jul 7, 2020

To the editor:

On June 13, I had the honor to present former Congressman Carlos Curbelo, founder of the first bipartisan climate solutions caucus in the U.S. Congress at Citizens’ Climate Lobby virtual conference. To a community stronger than COVID, not divided by ideologies, but united by our shared values, which include relationships, optimism, integrity, focus, diversity, and being bipartisan.

In years past, the conference has been held as an in-person event in Washington, D.C. Participants have lobbied their representatives on Capitol Hill, however, due to the pandemic, Citizens’ Climate Lobby had to cancel its annual International Conference in D.C. and reimagine what a social movement of empowering ordinary people to work with their elected officials on climate solutions can look like in the digital age. The conference, attended by 4,685 climate advocates from all over the world, offered online keynotes, breakout sessions, and deep-dive seminars. In times of social distancing, a chance to bring people together and share our vision for a better, safer, healthier, and more just future.

Later that week, Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers held at least 402 meetings nationwide with congressional offices to push Congress for policies that tackle global warming, such as a price on carbon pollution. Volunteers from Naples and Fort Myers met with both Florida senators’ staffs and members of Congress Mario Diaz-Balart and Francis Rooney offices. In Florida, CCL volunteers for around the state had virtual meetings with 20 Congressional offices out of 27 existing.

Solemi Hernandez

southeast regional coordinator

Citizens’ Climate Lobby