Candidates invited to climate change briefing


RHODE ISLAND – Touted as a means for candidates to distinguished themselves from their opponents, the Civic Alliance for a Cooler Rhode Island has announced two candidate briefings on the climate crisis in Rhode Island with information on how candidates can do something about it.

The first briefing takes place on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon, and the second will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24, starting at 7 p.m.

This is the second candidate briefing during an election cycle produced by the Civic Alliance for a Cooler Rhode Island. The workshop is designed for Rhode Island candidates running for state and local office and for their campaign staff. This is a non-partisan event with the goal that all Rhode Island candidates and staff will attend.

The online workshop includes presentations by Brown University’s Timmons Roberts. Roberts will talk on the state’s vulnerability to climate change and its opportunity for structural transformation and job creation. Ken Payne, former director of the Senate Policy Office, will speak on the CACRI “Insufficient” report & EC4/state structures related to climate change. Kai Salem, an advocate on climate and clean energy groups in the state, will talk on current legislation, and what candidates can do to advocate on the issue and gain support.

“Many Rhode Island politicians are aware of the grave risks our state faces from the rising temperatures, economic and social disruptions as a direct result of climate change. But they are often not clear on what the state is doing now and what needs to be done for us to mount an adequate response to this existential threat,” said Payne.

“COVID-19 has shown us gaps in our business as usual thinking,” Payne added. “This workshop fills a huge void in helping candidates and their staff get up to speed quickly, so they can distinguish themselves from their competitors, and govern effectively and with vision.”

To register for the event, go to EventBrite and search for “So you want to be a climate leader? A briefing for candidates & staff,” or send an email to

Civic Alliance for a Cooler Rhode Island is a Rhode Island grassroots all volunteer organization which assesses, informs, and activates efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in or attributable to Rhode Island. Visit for more information.

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