It’s time for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis.

President Biden and Congress must lead the charge to defeat the climate crisis and build a thriving, just and inclusive clean energy future. Join our work to help make it happen.

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It’s time for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis.

President Biden and Congress must lead the charge to defeat the climate crisis and build a thriving, just and inclusive clean energy future. Join our work to help make it happen.

5 Reasons to Love the Civilian Climate Corps

This is our moment to come together, to fight climate change, and to build a better America. A robust 21st century Civilian Climate Corps is a key part of seizing that moment.

This past April, Evergreen released a memo titled Building the Civilian Climate Corps, which describes how to build a new CCC that puts Americans to work fighting the climate crisis. Since then, we have been working hard, alongside partners from across the climate movement, to make sure bold investments in an ambitious Climate Corps were included as the Senate negotiated an infrastructure package. 

And on July 14, we got great news: funding for the CCC was included in Senate Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. To celebrate, we raised a pint and dove into policy details with three allies who have been leading the charge for a Civilian Climate Corps. Moderated by Evergreen Campaigns Director Lena Moffitt, the conversation featured:

Here are five top moments from our virtual happy hour that help break down the Civilian Climate Corps and why it’s such a big deal.

1. “It’s lemonade day.” - Sen. Markey 

Sen. Markey is one of the biggest champions in Congress for the new CCC. He and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced visionary Climate Corps legislation this past April, and since then he’s been fighting to include CCC funding in President Biden’s infrastructure package. The day of this Policy + Pints event, we’d learned that the Civilian Climate Corps made it into the Senate Democrats’ proposed budget resolutiona key first step in the budget reconciliation process, meaning the new CCC had made it over a key Congressional hurdle. Sen. Markey raised a glass to the hard work of the climate allies who’d brought us to that moment. Climate activists had been dealt lemons for years, but that was a lemonade day.

2. “A way to transform government, to transform the economy to actually prioritize working people.” - Lauren Maunus

As advocacy director for the Sunrise Movement, Lauren has helped connect the youth climate movement with leaders in Congress. During Policy + Pints, she explained what a new CCC would mean for young people and how it could help transform the American economy.

It’s clear: A new Civilian Climate Corps is both wildly popular and deeply inspiring. Data for Progress polling shows that a majority of all voters (65%) support it—and members of Sunrise marched hundreds of miles, and staged a sit-in outside the White House, in support of it.

3. “You have to understand all the pieces for there to be real and lasting change.” - Tonya Gayle

Tonya Gayle’s work with Green City Force is an incredible example of how the new CCC can be a force for climate justice. When you think of a Climate Corps, think of the work that GCF is doing already, but in communities across the country. 

Their corpsmembers come from New York City public housing and work in their home communities to help residents save money on utility bills, grow their own food, and much more. GCF has deployed corpsmembers to tackle climate issues in New York City for more than a decade, and helped its corps graduates onto a range of good career paths. The new Climate Corps would support organizations like GCF around the country, and Tonya clearly laid out her vision for that national approach during Policy + Pints.

4. “This is going to be a transformational idea.” - Sen. Markey

Supporting Tonya’s vision, Sen. Markey detailed how the Climate Corps would advance environmental justice and support workers. High-road labor standards including a $15/hour minimum wage, healthcare and childcare benefits, and opportunities for pre-apprenticeships with local unions would ensure that CCC membership can sustain working families and create pathways to good union jobs. And requirements that the corps direct 50% of investments to frontline environmental justice communities, recruit 50% of its members from those same places, and respect community input on projects would help ensure that the new CCC is advancing climate justice.

5. “You care about the climate crisis? We’ve got a place for you.” - Sen. Markey

The Climate Corps’ ambitious aimskickstarting a climate workforce mobilization, fighting for environmental justice, and moreare why it’s so central to President Biden’s climate agenda. During Policy + Pints, Sen. Markey, Lauren, and Tonya laid out a clear vision for what the new CCC will look like in action and how advocates are fighting to bring it across the finish line. We’ll raise a glass to that!

The CCC can put Americans to work reducing carbon pollution, restoring public lands, and facilitating lasting change in the communities most vulnerable to climate impacts. Momentum is higher than it’s ever been, so let’s keep it up. Download our two-page fact sheet today and get the scoop on: 

  • Why a CCC really matters
  • How popular it is 
  • The work that corpsmembers will do
  • And more!
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Looking for another way to take action? Call your senator today to tell them you support transformational climate investments—including a CCC—in the reconciliation bill, and they should, too. Go to call4climate.com to get a script, and call 202-318-1885 to reach your senator and make your voice heard.