What We Believe In
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, grassroots climate and democracy education organisation.
We are focused on education and discussions that build knowledge and support for effective national policies to address climate change. These are the core values that guide our staff and volunteers along the way.
We are focused on achieving what we see as the two most impactful solutions to climate change — a national carbon fee and a culture of nonpartisan cooperation on climate solutions. We know a carbon fee 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.
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.
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 endeavour to understand our own biases. We are honest and firm. We know that there is a place for protest, even though 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.
We are prepared and do our research. We are always on time for meetings. Our approach is thoughtful and 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.
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 our colleagues and our organisations.
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.