From our founding in 2004, the Climate Crisis Coalition (CCC) has been connecting global warming to human rights, labor, peace, faith, sustainable business practices, environmental justice and other issues. Our mission is to build a broad-based coalition that can become an effective, powerful agent for change: the development and unfolding of a national and visible action campaign that makes it impossible for citizens and governments to ignore our urgent demands.


Two major initiatives were developed and carried out in 2005. One was a petition campaign—the Kyoto and Beyond People’s Ratification of the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty—and the other was a “USA Join the World!” education and action campaign. Both of these campaigns were connected to public actions on December 3rd in Montreal, Quebec, at the time of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

By then we were working with 70 organizations, facilitating 40 actions around the U.S. We were linked to an international network; on December 3rd, approximately 100,000 people around the world demonstrated in support of action on the climate crisis, including 30,000 in Montreal.

Just prior to the Montreal march, the CCC presented the People’s Ratification treaty, with 40,000 signatures, to a representative of the U.S. Consulate. Four other groups, also bearing climate action petitions, and a lively contingent of young people, joined us. Together we spoke for 650,000 people in the U.S. The media coverage was worldwide.

We will never know to what extent these efforts helped to turn the tide in Montreal. But we do know that at the very end the tide did turn; the rest of the world maintained its resolve to continue with the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and the U.S. softened its stance enough to allow the U.N. Framework to proceed. Throughout our stay there and in the weeks leading up to it, we worked alongside a remarkable assemblage of climate activists.

More recently, CCC was a cosponsor of the hugely successful March for Peace, Justice,
Democracy and the Earth. On April 29th more than 350,000 people from all over the country met in New York City, powerfully giving voice to the millions who are convinced that this nation needs to change course.

The next day, CCC hosted a National Strategy meeting, at the 1199/SEIU union headquaters. It was attended by 107 activists from around the country. Ideas were exchanged and action plans were formulated.


ClimateUSA and the 2006 Elections
We are now launching a ClimateUSA drive to put the issue of global climate change squarely on the agenda of the upcoming November Congressional elections. The goal: to get as many Congresspeople and challengers as possible to take a visible public position on the climate crisis. As volunteers circulate the ongoing People’s Ratification of Kyoto petition they will be promoting our three point platform: adopt the Kyoto Protocol, pass the Climate Stewardship Act, and support the transfer of subsidies from fossil fuels to renewables. We will also work with local climate-activist groups around the country to hold town hall meetings to emphasize the connection between the climate crisis and its consequences, both locally and globally.

Interfaith Call to Action
CCC cofounder Fr. Paul Mayer has initiated an Interfaith Call to Action. Legislative and technological remedies are critical, but not enough. CCC seeks to inspire action by focusing on the many ways climate change is an issue of ethics and economic justice. (For more information on this ongoing campaign, see the CCC web site.)

November 4, 2006: International Day of Climate Action.
As we did last year, CCC will be facilitating actions around the country. This year the event is three days before Election Day, and our attention will be on candidates responding (and failing to respond) to the climate crisis.


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Rev. Paul Mayer, NYC Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders; Ted Glick, Independent Progressive Politics Network; Connie Hogarth, Hogarth Center for Social Action; Tom Stokes, CCC Coordinator; Natalie Boyce, CCC Outreach Coordinator; Raya Ariella Climate USA Campaign Coordinator; Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey; and Judith Thompson.

Many others are engaged in CCC task forces.

70 organizations, listed below, endorsed the USA Join the World campaign.

1199/SEIU, Alliance for Affordable Energy, New Orleans, La., Alliance for Democracy, USA, Antiwarfair Coalition, Oklahoma City, Ok., Apeiron Institute for Environmental Living, Bluewater Network, Caney Quinto Mundo, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Citizens Awareness Network, Climate Campaign, Code Pink, Colorado Clean Energy Action, Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, Consejo General de Tainos Boricanos, Earth Rights International, Energy Action, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Five Towns Forum, Long Island, N.Y., For a Better Bronx, GlobalAware, Global Exchange, Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Resource Center for the Environment, GlobalWarmingSolution.org, Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice, Green Delaware, Green House Network, Green Party of Rhode Island, Green Party of New York, West Side Local, Greenwood Earth Alliance, HealthLink, Hip Hop Caucus, Indigenous Environmental Network, Irthlingz, Just Transition Alliance, Labor/Community Strategy Center, Lakeshore Interfaith Institute, League of Pissed Off Voters, Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, Long Island S.O.A. Watch, MADRE, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice of the United Church of Christ, Nassau County Green Party, Long Island, N.Y., New York Climate Rescue, Olympia (Wa.) ReclaimDemocracy.org, Order of the Earth, Organic Consumers Association, Pacific Environment, Pax Christi, USA, Pax Christi, Springfield, Il., Peace Majority Report, Philadelphia Beyond Oil, Post Carbon Institute, Progressive Democrats of America, Rainforest Action Network, Root Activist Network of Trainers, Sierra Club SF/Bay Chapter, Mt. Diablo Group, Shalom Center, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, Stetson, Me. Municipal Green Independent Party, Tidewater Gateway Partnership, Inc., US Green Party National Committee, United Confederation of Taino People, United for Peace and Justice, Virginia Grassroots Coalition, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, West Queens Greens, N.Y., Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section