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Cm Case Study Lobbying


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  1. 1. Christopher Mehigan European Institute of Communications PR Specialised Areas June 2009 L O B B Y I N G C A S E S T U DY T H E A L L I A N C E F O R C L I M AT E P R O T E C T I O N Campaign Brief Founded by former US Vice President Al Gore in 2006, the Alliance is not of itself a lobbying group but rather is an umbrella group comprising of several distinct lobbying organisations under the broader topic of addressing the climate crisis. The Alliance seeks to engage individuals, communities and governments across the world to demand their political, business and community leaders address the issue of climate change. It is important to note that the mission of the Alliance is to engage different sectors and levels of society (individuals, communities and governments) with a focus on influencing political, business and community leaders. Currently the Alliance comprises of three organisations: We Can Solve It ( ) Founded in 2006 this organisation is committed to igniting public action to help solve the climate crisis. Repower America ( ) A bold plan to repower America with 100% clean electricity within 10 years. This organisation was launched in 2008. This Is Reality ( ) Founded in 2008 this organisation is focused on responding to a campaign run by the coal industry in America in an attempt to clean up it’s image. The organisation seeks to raise awareness of the reality of the impact on the environment of coal industry. Principle Objectives The principle objectives are identified in the mission statement of the Alliance for Climate Protection and set out six goals. I. Raising awareness of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions of the climate crisis. II. Moving the USA past a tipping point, beyond which the majority of leaders in both major political parties and at all sectors of civil society compete to offer genuinely effective proposals [...] that will sharply reduce emissions of greenhouse gas pollutants. 1 of 4
  2. 2. III. Creating a critical mass of public opinion in support of active US participation in the international effort to enact a genuinely effective new treaty to reduce global greenhouse gas pollutants. IV. Generating overwhelming support within the US and around the globe for new American leadership in the international efforts to solve the climate crisis. V. Persuading individuals, families, communities, states, corporations, and other organisations to begin to quickly and meaningfully reduce their own global warming pollution - and to offset the remainder - in order to become “carbon neutral”. VI. Not interested in longevity for its own sake, we expect that once these objectives have been met, other established organisations can carry on the work as necessary and that the Alliance will no longer need to exist as a stand alone entity. Target Publics The target publics are theoretically extremely wide as to include every living person on the planet due to the global nature of the climate crisis. However the operations of the organisations have, to date, been largely focussed on the United States. • The American public • The wider public (global) • Business leaders • Politicians • Legislators • Community leaders • Academics • The media Although the target publics are potentially very wide, we must bear in mind the focus placed on influencing political, business and community leaders. Tools and Tactics used The lobbying campaigns combine advertising, online (and offline) organising and partnerships to educate the American public and activate them to demand real solutions from elected officials. Use of established and widely published advertising campaigns using print media, online videos, and TV spots. The campaign focused on the message of tackling the climate crisis together by bringing together famous opponents who conveyed the message of putting aside their differences and agreeing that co-operative action was required. “Together We Can Solve It” Videos: 2 of 4
  3. 3. Print Advertising: The campaign also identified various stereotypical opposites - Blue Collar / White Collar - Lover / Fighter - Conservative / Liberal etc. Spokes Person ( ) The Alliance for Climate Protection has an incredibly strong spokes person in former US Vice President Al Gore. A long standing campaigner for the environment he is an internationally acclaimed politician and has spoken at the TED conference in 2006, 2008 and 2009 on tackling the climate crisis. In 2007 Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for his work raising awareness of climate change. In 2006 a documentary based on the talks given globally by Al Gore on the climate crisis was released. The documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, received wide critical acclaim and is one of the most successful documentaries to date. It stimulated widespread debate and calls for action. It received a long list of distinguished awards including the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2006. Online Tools The organisations that make up the Alliance for Climate Protection utilise a range of online tools to organise and engage their member base. The websites have clear “Calls to Action” displayed prominently which allow members and visitors to immediately get involved in the activities. Online community is organised, connected and deployable. It should be noted in the headline menu on the We Can Solve It website where you would usually see a menu button for “Press”, they use “Press & Bloggers” this is positive engagement of the blogging community - a key element in a grass roots movement and a vocal demographic to have participate in the lobbying campaign. Similarity to the 5 key rules 1. Determine the inequality • No longer an inequality, the climate crisis has moved beyond that point • Previously a campaign may have focused on the disparity of investment in renewable sources of energy compared to fossil fuel etc. • Combating climate change is now a global movement • Inaction can lead to environmental, economic and humanitarian consequences 2. Demonstrate the inequality • Unique global aspect to the issue • Subject to worldwide scientific scrutiny • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports (scientific consensus) • Stern Report (UK) - economic cost • International Agreement (Kyoto Treaty / Bali Action Plan) (Copenhagen is next major conference) 3 of 4
  4. 4. • Demonstrating the existence of actual solutions and alternative technologies and practices. 3. Dramatise the issue • An Inconvenient Truth • Ongoing media campaigns • Al Gore still advancing the issue and informing people • Continued appearances on the international stage (TED) 4. Have it brought to issue • Use of community to lobby politicians • Focussed communication campaigns to keep politicians and companies in the spotlight and held to account • Promotion of businesses leading with alternative solutions 5. Anticipate the recourse to principle • Denial of Fact: this argument is removed largely due to the global scientific consensus (IPCC 4th Assessment Report (2007)) • Denial of Intent: argument is removed as it is irrelevant - campaign is not seeking to blame for previous actions, seeks to hold to account for continuing actions • Denial of Means: Highlighting new technology / demonstrating technological, fiscal and environmental benefits (tackling the economy and the environment together) • Denial of Capacity: targeting all sector, bringing together actors • Denial of Right: this is now a moral issue - about the future which we all have a stake in. Success of Otherwise of the Campaign There are a number of success stories presented on the website. These are steps towards the larger identified goals. • We Members Forward National Dialogue with Letters to the Editor • Thousands Urge the Press to Ask Questions on Global Warming • Stunning Response to Calls for a Global Treaty • State Department Feels Public Pressure in Run-up to Climate Conference • Florida Governor Raking on Climate Change • Colorado Voters Pass Renewable Energy Standards; Governor Doubles Them! • Wind Energy Is Replacing a History of Oil in One Texas Town This case study is also available as a presentation which can be viewed online or downloaded at http:// END 4 of 4