Workshop: Lobbying for Climate Change

Sunday 6/12/2016 from 2:00-5:00pm, at Miami Friends Meeting, 1185 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables FL 33143, free public program, visitors welcome to sign up for and attend

Climate Change Lobby Training Workshop: Relationship-Building in a Time of Political Division

Join the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Emily Wirzba for a discussion on how relationship-building can shift the dialogue in Congress on climate change. In a time of political division and partisanship, this workshop will focus on the hopeful narrative that bipartisan action on climate change is possible and is driven by grassroots engagement.

Attendees of this hands-on workshop will learn:
– Why the Florida congressional delegation is key to building bipartisan action on climate change in Congress.
– Specific legislative vehicles that are building spaces for bipartisan dialogue in Congress, like H. Res. 424 and the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus.
– How to lobby and build a relationship with your member of Congress at home in Florida.
– Skills-based tools like writing letters to the editor that get published, gaining access to elected officials, and creative ways to engage with your members of Congress.

Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to lobby members of the FL congressional delegation the week of June 13th in Miami.

Attend this program to learn how you can build a relationship with your elected officials and why your voice can make a difference for South Florida and for the nation.

Please RSVP for attending this training to Warren Hoskins so we will have an idea how many to have refreshments for.


Emily Wirzba serves as the Policy Associate for Sustainable Energy and Environment at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Alongside Jose Aguto, she lobbies to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change in Congress. Emily works closely with FCNL’s network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community’s Energy and Ecology Working Group.

While at FCNL, Emily’s writing has appeared in The Hill, CNN, US News & World Report, Washington Times, OnFaith, Friends Journal, and Faith & Leadership. She is a 2016 Fellow with the New Leaders Council, which works to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. She was a Spring 2015 Fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a leadership development organization that equips fellows with a strong working knowledge of energy markets and policy.

Emily graduated from Furman University in 2013 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and political science, and a minor in poverty studies.

Prior to coming to FCNL, Emily worked for two summers at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, interned at Urban Ministries of Durham (a homeless shelter and service provider in North Carolina), and studied abroad in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba. She originally came to FCNL in 2013 as one of the FCNL Young Fellows. [The application process for the 2016-2017 FCNL Young Fellows program has ended, as the people hired will start work this summer, and the following year’s selection process has not yet begun, but now is the time to explore working for FCNL starting summer of 2017 – for more information see ]