Citizens' Climate Lobby is a relatively new player in environmental activism, aiming since 2007 to fill a niche on the front to slow or stop global warming. "Our whole mission is to build political will," says membership coordinator Susan Higgins, speaking from CCL's headquarters in Coronado, California.
CCL has been setting up chapters across the U.S. and internationally. They typically meet the first Saturday of each month to hear a speaker by teleconference. Past lecturers have included James Hansen, the NASA scientist and climatologist, and Katharine Hayhoe, the atmospheric scientist who is also an evangelical Christian. Each chapter is then assigned an action for the month, such as lobbying and letter-writing.
Colorado Springs doesn't seem to have a chapter yet, although it does already have several residents who are interested and have contacted CCL. One is Maria Durand, a military spouse who moved here six months ago from Fort Worth, Texas.
"I do believe in the cause," she says, "and I do believe we need people to speak up for issues like this ... I want to find people who are interested in this and in getting something going, because I complain every day about stuff I read about in the newspaper, but I don't do anything about it."
People interested in getting involved first must go to citizensclimatelobby.org and click on "Join CCL"; they'll be invited to participate in a weekly introductory call.