Citizens' Climate Lobby conference will focus on issue updates, advocates' strategies

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The annual conference of the Citizens' Climate Lobby's Northeast Region is coming to Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., for the weekend beginning Friday.

During the conference, attendees will get updates on climate change issues and learn strategies to effectively advocate in Congress.

Through its determined, respectful and bipartisan approach, the group's citizen lobbying efforts led to the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R.763, introduced this year in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation would impose a carbon fee, with the revenue to go to American households.

"We are gratified and excited about the increased focus on climate action both at the state and national level," said Iona Lutey, a Hillsdale resident and Northeast regional coordinator for the CCL.

"Citizens' Climate Lobby has been advocating for what scientists and economists tell us would be the most effective first step," said Karen Frishkoff, of Ghent, N.Y., co-group leader of the CCL Columbia County (N.Y.) chapter. "Others, equally passionate about solving the problem, prefer different approaches. But the important thing is, we all agree on the ultimate goal — to cut carbon emissions quickly and deeply enough to hand over a stable planet."

There will be a number of keynote and breakout sessions, with topics including farming-based climate solutions, the Green New Deal, how to effectively work with Congress and international carbon pricing.

On Saturday night, conference attendees will hear remarks from U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, who represents New York's 20th District.

The conference is co-sponsored by Sage College's Climate Crisis Center and is open to anyone interested in learning more about addressing climate change. More information on the program and registration is available at tinyurl.com/CCLNE2019.

The Citizens' Climate Lobby also visits Washington twice a year to meet with legislators and push for action on climate change, according to member Judy Fox, of Lenox.

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