We create respectful settings for transpartisan discussion and cultivate relationships …
with CCL’s methodology:
By focusing on shared values rather than partisan divides, we build relationships with community leaders and with federal elected officials and with Congress, always starting from a place of respect, gratitude, and appreciation.
CCL’s goal, which is much more single-minded than CG4Tx’s, is to build nationwide and international political support for climate action. How is CCL’s approach working? The following chart shows the recent growth in CCL’s activities and actions in the US:
These numbers indicate that the citizen volunteers who carry out these actions and activities clearly find CCL’s non-confrontational approach attractive.
How effective is CCL’s approach in achieving its legislative goals? They’re not there yet, but here are some recent successes:
- CCL established the House Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.
- CCL successfully recruited co-sponsors to the Gibson Resolution (H. Res 424), a Republican-led resolution that recognizes the impact of climate change and calls for action to reduce future risk.
- CCL partnered with the California state legislature to pass a resolution calling on the federal government to enact Carbon Fee and Dividend nationwide.
CCL’s success indicates that Common Ground’s commitment to respectful and civil engagement is on the right track.