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Teleconference: The 10 Year Challenge: Climate Legislation

February 1, 2019 - 10 AM


The 10 Year Challenge: Lessons learned from past attempts to pass climate legislation. Register here.

The Climate Reality Check team* will hold the latest in our series of national conference calls to help strengthen community organizing on climate.

Even if you can’t make it on the 1st, register to receive a recording of the call.

Ten years ago, the largest national environmental organizations in the U.S. marshalled their vast resources to push – what was considered passable – climate legislation over the finish line.

The climate legislation died before reaching the Senate floor – and the opportunity for passage of comprehensive climate policy was lost for the foreseeable future.

Ten years later, an ambitious plan – the Green New Deal – and a new group of bold leaders have put the possibility of climate legislation back on the table. 

Join presenters Bill Snape of the Center for Biological Diversity, Keya Chatterjee of USCAN and Varshini Prakash of Sunrise Movement for a reflection on the political and strategic challenges that ultimately defeated efforts to pass federal climate policy a decade ago – and how the lessons from that defeat could help pave the way for a plan on scale with what the climate crisis demands.

Our panelist will discuss:

  • the role of communication and consensus building between national groups and the panoply of local, state, and regional organizations;
  • what to expect from the entrenched and well-funded opposition;
  • messaging climate solutions to the public; and
  • creating a fertile ground for passage of climate policy.

RSVP for the call: https://goo.gl/forms/LPfYUuH3VjJcJu2g2

Call-in details can be found on the RSVP page.  You will also receive an email an hour before the call with the call-in number and code.

Learn more about our speakers:

William Snape III, Senior Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity, coordinates the Center’s legal and policy work from Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles who received his law degree from George Washington University, he has written numerous articles on conservation and litigated many federal environmental cases over his career. Besides working at the Center he also teaches at American University’s Washington College of Law and formerly coached swimming at Gallaudet University, where he was named conference coach of the year four times. He is editor of Biodiversity and the Law, published by Island Press.

Keya Chatterjee is Executive Director of USCAN. Her work focuses on building an inclusive movement in support of climate action. Prior to joining USCAN, Keya served as Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she worked for eight years. Before that, Keya was a Climate Change Specialist at USAID. Keya also worked at NASA headquarters for four years, communicating research results on climate change. Keya was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 1998 to 2000.

Varshini Prakash – This spring, Varshini supported the launch of Sunrise, a movement building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. She is the Lead Spokeswoman and coordinates Actions Design.

Varshini was born and raised outside Boston, MA. She got involved in the climate movement as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She joined the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign early in her time at UMass and lead the campaign for two years. In Spring 2016, the campaign won after a 2-week long mass escalation in which over 700 students, faculty, and alumni participated. 32 were arrested after peacefully refusing to leave the Whitmore Administration Building until UMass agreed to climate action. For the last three years, she has coordinated fossil fuel divestment campaigns with the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network at a regional and national level. She supported campaigns across the country through training, mentorship, and strategic guidance.

Have an idea or speaker for a call?  Email Allison at afisher@citizen.org

*The CRC team is Allison Fisher, Public Citizen; Jean Su, the Center for Biological Diversity and Ted Glick, Beyond Extreme Energy and movement builder.

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