Right now is undoubtedly a turning point for most of the world. As countries rebuild from the pandemic and its economic repercussions, they have to take into account the Earth and its protection. One of the great ways to do this is by enacting a carbon fee and dividend, a proposal supported by CCL. I’ve written this on a few articles before, so it might seem familiar and while it does cite some American numbers, a carbon fee and dividend is something all countries around the world (if they haven’t already done so) should implement.
CCL, or Citizens Climate Lobby, is an organization whose primary goal is to pass a piece of legislation (the Carbon Fee and Dividend Proposal, HR 763) that will effectively put a fee on carbon usage. The money from this fee, however, will not put into government funds, but rather, given back to Americans every month to ensure that families can afford the transition to clean energy. Furthermore, it aims to add more jobs to the American economy (an estimated 2.8 million, with jobs lost from making the change to clean energy accounted for in that number). If this legislation were to be passed and effectively managed, in 20 years, carbon emissions could be reduced to 50% of what it was in 1990.
This legislation is currently supported by both democrats and republicans and, as mentioned, the goal of CCL is to get this enacted before it truly is too late. There are many chapters throughout not just the United States, but the world, and I encourage anyone reading this to join their local chapter or start one themselves! One of the actions we can take against climate change that will truly make an impact is getting your voice heard, and I believe CCL is an amazing way to do that.
I encourage you to check out CCL’s website for more information: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/ and let me know if you have any questions! You can sign up to volunteer and get involved with the organization here.
TL;DR: CCL is a group that aims to get a piece of legislation with bipartisan support passed that will greatly reduce carbon emissions. Website: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/ and join here.