Coronado Nonprofit Behind Congressional Climate Caucus Gets $1 Million MacArthur Grant

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A Coronado-based nonprofit that helped organize a bipartisan Congressional caucus on climate change has received a $1 million grant to fund its work.

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Citizens’ Climate Education received the two-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to educate and empower citizens working on national solutions to climate change. The foundation is the one that awards annual “genius grants.”

The new grant follows a previous two-year, $500,000 grant from the foundation, which MacArthur Foundation President Julia Stasch described as a “big bet” toward “transformative change in areas of profound concern.”

Since then, volunteers with CCE and its sister organization Citizens’ Climate Lobby have played a leading role in the formation and growth of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress. Membership in the caucus tripled in 2017 and now stands at 66, with equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats.

“This latest gift from the MacArthur Foundation is recognition that we’re on the right track, helping to heal the cultural divide in our country that prevents us from solving big problems like climate change,” said CCE Executive Director Mark Reynolds. “Our volunteers are laying the groundwork for breakthroughs on national climate action, and this support is an incredible boost for their work.”

Since 2007, CCE has trained ordinary citizens to educate political, business and community leaders, along with members of the general public, about climate change and climate change solutions. To date it has enrolled more than 92,000 supporters to build bipartisan consensus for national climate action.

In 2017, volunteers with CCE held 1,644 meetings with congressional offices and generated 4,308 publications including letters to the editor, op-eds and articles in print and online publications.

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