About

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. CCL’s 12 chapters in Virginia are part of a network of over 500 chapters and 170,000 supporters worldwide.


Our Work

CCL advocates for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 (H.R.763) – a bipartisan bill that targets a 90% reduction in U.S. carbon emissions by 2050 (relative to 2016).

The bill would put a rising fee on carbon pollution and pay a dividend to households each month. Ten years into the policy, a family of four would receive about $4,400 in dividends each year. These dividends would help families and boost the economy, creating over 2 million jobs over the next decade.

CCL focuses on building support for H.R.763 and also supports several other bipartisan climate-related bills.


Our Chapters


Our State Coordinators

CCL Virginia is coordinated by volunteers: Chris Wiegard, Bishop Dansby, and Stephanie Burns. They help volunteers across Virginia communicate and collaborate with each other. They also work to expand CCL’s network of chapters across Virginia.

Chris Wiegard, Bishop Dansby, and Stephanie Burns volunteer as state coordinators for CCL Virginia.

Chris Wiegard is a librarian, grandpa, and volunteer with the Richmond CCL chapter.

Bishop Dansby is a retired lawyer, engineer, and businessman from Rockingham County. He also leads the Harrisonburg CCL chapter.

Stephanie Burns is a research consultant from Arlington and leads the Alexandria CCL chapter.


Our Values

Focus

We are focused on what we see as the single most impactful solution to climate change — a national carbon fee and dividend. We know it will not solve the problem entirely, and appreciate the work that our friends in other groups are doing. So that we can be effective, we do not let ourselves get distracted by work that does not support our core purpose. After we accomplish our goal, we will tackle the next most impactful solution.

Optimism

We believe that people are good, and that democracy works. We are confident that our approach will work because we see progress. We stand for a solution, not in protest of other solutions. We don’t expect perfection from ourselves or others; this is a process and we know that people can improve. Together, we are a community that offers one another comfort, support, and fun as we work.

Relationships

We take the most generous approach to other people as possible — appreciation, gratitude, and respect. We listen, we work to find common values, and we endeavor to understand our own biases. We are honest and firm. We know that there is a place for protest, but our approach is to build consensus — that’s what will bring enduring change. That’s why elected officials and their staff, no matter what their politics, say they are happy to see us — and mean it.

Integrity

We are prepared and do our research. We are always on time for meetings. Our approach is thoughtful & thorough. We consult experts and use data. We are open to new information; in fact we solicit opposing opinions. We refine our solutions to make them better. We follow up when we are asked. We keep on.

Personal Power

We use our voices to be heard. This simple act transforms us from spectators to engaged citizens, and it reveals the true nature of democracy to us. We are volunteer-driven — trusting volunteers to make important decisions, and to create and develop things that will be valued by Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Being Nonpartisan

Our group is open to all who are serious about solving climate change. You are welcome no matter where you live, what you wear, what you do for a living, or who you voted for in the last election. We work with elected officials and community leaders from across the political spectrum because we believe that everyone is a potential ally.

CCL Virginia welcomes climate advocates of all political stripes. For example, we have a Conservative Outreach Team that includes conservative climate advocates who reach out to fellow conservatives. To join this team, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.

Diversity

We empower everyone in exercising their personal and political power regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, socio-economic factors or political affiliation. We seek out, support, and elevate people whose voices may not have been fully heard.

CCL Virginia has a Diversity & Inclusion Team that focuses on building diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of CCL’s work. To join, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.


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