My Climate Lobbying Trip to D.C.

Protecting the health and happiness of humanity requires political will to minimize the risks of a changing climate from human-caused global warming.

What the funds will be used for:

I am hoping to travel to Washington D.C. to lobby for the climate, as a Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Sacramento Chapter representative, on the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Cap-to-Cap lobbying trip, as a member of the Air Quality Policy Team. The total cost of the trip is $3500, which includes air fare and hotel accomodations. The purpose is to lobby Sacramento Region U.S. representatives (5 Democrats and 3 Republicans), Congressional committees, and federal agencies to consider climate risks as a threat to our regional and national health and prosperity.

Why sponsor me? 
Most people attending have their company sponsor them, so they can network with those who influence policy locally and nationally. As an individual looking to make a change, I am without a corporate sponsor, but I believe my voice for the climate at this event is essential.  CCL chapters raise all their own operating funds, because the national organization does not have chapter fundraising capacity.  So I am asking you to be my sponsor! Because of the fuzzy the line between 501c3 and 501c4 activities on this trip, these donations are not tax-deductible. This makes it even harder to raise funds for this trip.

Trip purpose:
To maximize the outcome of this trip for the climate, I am currently working to include a climate risk position paper for our Air Quality Team lobbying meetings. I will also have the chance to discuss the climate issue with over 200 community leaders in the business, non-profit, academic, and governmental sectors. There are no other voices directly addressing climate risk in this influential business and community organization. This is a continuation of the work I began on the same trip last year and an expression of my ongoing climate commitment. This trip is part of a larger effort by members of Citizens' Climate Lobby to have a national conversation on climate solutions, as we build the political will to overcome past and current barriers to action.

Funds needed by:
The deadline for trip payment is February 6, but if I know that friends and family are willing to help, I will proceed with the payment and I would be happy to receive your help anytime up to the start of the trip on April 14.

What the support means to me: 
I paid for this trip last year, but I am unable to make the entire expenditure this time around.  Your support means that I am not alone in this journey to expand the climate conversation in circles of power and influence here in the Capitol Region and in Washington D.C. It means that you have confidence in my ability to represent the issue intelligently in this arena, and that you agree with me that this project in particular is worth the cost. 

How I will show my gratitude:
I will keep you all updated on progress towards the inclusion of a climate risk position in the Air Quality Team policy papers that we will be taking to D.C. I will also be preparing some language for inclusion in other team papers, including the Food and Ag, Economic Development, and Transportation teams and will keep you updated on those. And of course, I will post during and after my trip, reporting back on the meetings and connections I have made.
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