June is a Month of Action for volunteer policy advocates

We all have a right to a livable climate future. At Citizens’ Climate International, we believe everyone’s chances of success, including governments and industry, are enhanced when the design of our world is shaped by the needs and aspirations of all people. We all have a role to play in designing and securing a climate resilient future. Civic engagement is climate action.

This is why Citizens’ Climate volunteer chapters around the world will organize and support actions on five levers of political will, throughout the month of June:

  1. Meeting with public officials
  2. Media relations
  3. Grassroots engagement
  4. Grasstops engagement
  5. Local chapter & volunteer development

On Monday, June 6—the day after World Environment Day and the day the mid-year UN Climate Change negotiations open—we will launch a letter to the G7 leaders, with support from local chapters and the wider community, around the world. This call for action toward a livable climate future is stakeholder driven and will be part of our organizing throughout the month.

This Month of Action is not only about advocacy and outreach. It is also an opportunity for local volunteer chapters to focus on volunteer training and development. For citizen volunteer policy advocates, the process of preparation and organizing is constantly evolving. We must learn from each other, keep up with current events, and empower our new members to be effective advocates and part of a multifaceted team.

To support our volunteers globally we are are conducting three 30-minute volunteer training sessions on the 1st three Thursdays in June.

Volunteer and Group Development, Thursday, June 2
CCI believes that together we can accomplish more than we can alone. This is why volunteer and group development is at the heart of our work. Join CCI Executive Director Joe Robertson and Senior Fellow Clara Fang for an overview of group development, organizing and empowerment strategies for volunteers in our global network. What does a CCI volunteer group leader do? How do you start, build, and maintain a local group? How do you host productive meetings and motivate volunteers to stay engaged? We will share practical tools and resources that will help you build a community of effective climate advocates. 

Building a Relationship with Mainstream Media, Thursday, June 9
Engaging the media is a powerful way to educate the public and build awareness about climate action, and also an effective way of influencing elected officials. Join CCI Program Director Cathy Orlando for a training on building a relationship with local mainstream media, such as newspapers, radio, and television. Learn why relationships matter, how a group can be more effective than an individual at getting new ideas into print, what goes into writing an effective media release, and how to prepare for a radio or television interview. 

An Overview of the Five Levers of Political Will, Thursday, June 16
CCI builds political will for climate action through strategies we call the “five levers of political will”: engaging with elected officials, media relations, grassroots/community engagement, engagement with trusted leaders (“grasstops”), and volunteer and group development. Join CCI Program Director Cathy Orlando for an overview of the five levers of political will and how to use them to take effective climate action in your community. This training is an introduction to climate action and resources to learn more. 

If you are planning to organize, host, or attend any in-person events, please consult the COVID-19 Safety section of the Engage4Climate Toolkit.

For up to date information on the Month of Action, click here.