By Jim Hooton, CO CCL state co-coordinator
The national team at Citizens’ Climate Lobby has launched an effort to get city mayors across the country to endorse the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). Let’s get Colorado’s mayors on board! So far, our volunteers have collected endorsements from the mayors of Aspen, Boulder and Nederland.
Many mayors are already speaking out about climate action, so getting them to endorse the EICDA may be as simple as asking for it. For example, fifteen Colorado mayors that haven’t yet endorsed EICDA are part of the Climate Mayors network that has committed to emission reductions and upholding the Paris Agreement. These include Breckenridge, Denver, Edgewater, Frisco, Fort Collins, Golden, Lafayette, Lakewood, Longmont, Manitou Springs, Northglenn, Telluride, Vail, Westminster, and Wheat Ridge. A simple ask from our volunteers may be all that’s needed to get them on board.
And even if your mayor is not on that list, mayors are generally very approachable people who welcome hearing from their constituents. So how about making a phone call to your mayor to ask for a meeting?
Here’s a specific action plan from the CCL national team:
Grasstops engagement action — meet with mayors to build relationships and support
Mayors have clout, and it’s likely that one of your attendees knows a mayor or knows someone who knows a mayor, so let’s meet with lots of them, build relationships and gain their support. If you get a bill endorsement or a testimonial video in the first meeting, that’s great. If not, keep meeting.
At your chapter meeting
Work to discover someone who can easily talk to their mayor or introduce you to someone who can.
Get ready to meet with your mayor
At the meeting
Log your meeting in the Action Tracker