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Tales from the field: Lobby Day first-timers dive into advocacy

First-timers dive into advocacy Edited by Jane Goldenberg One of the best things about Zoom meetings is that they make attending meetings that otherwise would require travel far easier. As a result, we got lots of first-timers advocating for the Clean Energy Jobs Act during our Nov. 12 Lobby Day. Here are their stories. Regina…
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The veto session may have been canceled, but #CEJACantWait

#CEJACantWait By Linc Cohen If you want to take the next steps in our campaign to keep Illinois on track toward a renewable-energy economy, please write letters to your legislators and the governor! Our chapter’s No. 1 priority for 2020 was passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, but the year will end without the…
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Tales from the field: Our first virtual Lobby Day

Tales from the Field Edited by Jane Goldenberg One of the most important things we do as advocates for climate action is to talk to our elected officials — which should be one of the most natural of activities in a democracy because our legislators work for us! For many of us, the first time…
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Ready to fight for our climate

Ready to fight for our climate A longer version of this article previously appeared in The Trapeze, the newspaper of Oak Park and River Forest High School (Oct 30, 2020) By Elizabeth Short At the end of July, I had the opportunity to join people from all over the world at Vice President Al Gore’s…
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Celebrate Thanksgiving the sustainable way!

Have a sustainable Thanksgiving! By Alex Parker With families and friends coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving – in small, socially distanced groups, hopefully! – it’s time to think about how to make your celebration healthy and sustainable. While Thanksgiving is a good time to bust out the good china, if you’re using disposable plates and…
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Team up for action!

Team up for action! While we’ve all been hunkered down, many of us are also gearing up for action. Together as teams, we have the opportunity to pool our knowledge and resources for elevated, powerful outcomes. Our two global online leadership trainings brought 95 newly trained leaders into our chapter this summer! And climate-concerned citizens…
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How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats

How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats Editor’s note: With this post, we begin a new continuing series on living sustainably. By Alex Parker One of the scariest things about Halloween is how much waste it creates. From cheap one-off costumes, an endless supply of candy wrappers and multitudes of…
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Help save the monarch butterfly in Illinois

Help save the monarch butterfly in Illinois By Natalie Lynn Lichtenbert While 2020 has been a difficult year for so many reasons, it was a monumental year for monarch butterflies in Illinois. It was the year that the Monarch Action Plan went into full operation, and, quite honestly, it has been my saving grace during…
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How I overcame my fears and presented for “24 Hours of Reality”

How I overcame my fears and presented for “24 Hours of Reality” By Emily Murphy When I attended The Climate Reality Project training in July, I didn’t know much about the program. And when we went into breakout rooms to discuss how we would present “Truth in 10” to various audiences, I thought to myself,…
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24 Hours of Reality: Presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders

24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future Public Presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders Sign up for one of the presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders and learn more about our climate crisis and how to transform our energy economy for the good of all the ecosystems and animal life on our planet, as…
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