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Gillian Caldwell is the Campaign Director for 1Sky, a new national
campaign to build a diverse nationwide movement and convince our federal
government to take bold action to tackle the climate crisis and harness the
enormous economic opportunity of the renewable energy economy by 2010. She is also a film maker and an attorney with thirty years of experience
advocating for social justice in the United States and around the world.
Most recently, Gillian served as Executive Director of WITNESS, which uses
the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses.
Gillian led WITNESS' rapid expansion during her decade of leadership and
helped produce numerous documentary videos for use in advocacy campaigns around the world. She is also co-editor and author of Video for Change: A Guide to Advocacy and Activism (2005). She received her BA from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University, where she was honored as a Public Interest Law Scholar. She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Entries by Gillian Caldwell

New Job, New Country, Lots of Exciting Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:38 PM

Last week, I moved my family to London. There are lots of reasons why that is exciting - all that unexplored history and cultural exposure for our children, and the chance to revisit my Scottish roots.

But the main reason it's exciting - and the reason why I am...

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An open letter from 1Sky to all people and organizations working to combat global warming

(7) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 4:33 PM

From members of the 1Sky Board of Directors: Jessica Bailey, KC Golden, Bracken Hendricks, Bill McKibben, Billy Parish, Vicky Rateau, Gus Speth and Betsy Taylor

As we find ourselves surrounded by the tatters of the climate debate in the U.S. Congress, it seems fitting to take a moment...

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They've Failed -- and We Must Hold Them Accountable

(8) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 12:02 PM

I am furious and frustrated.

We're sweltering here in Washington DC -- living on a planet that just survived the hottest six months in recorded history -- and yet last week the Senate announced it plans to do absolutely nothing for the foreseeable future about our climate crisis.


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We Can't Lose the Clean Air Act in a Climate Bill

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 11:02 AM

After nearly three months of inaction since the beginning of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Senate will finally take on climate and clean energy within the next two weeks.

The Senate returned from the Independence Day recess with a packed schedule, but with regulatory reform...

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A Rebuttal to Sen Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act" Op-Ed: Is She Serious?

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 11:47 AM

Nothing in D.C. should really surprise me anymore. But this week, my staff pointed me to Senator Lisa Murkowski's cynical and misdirected op-ed piece attempting to justify her assault on the Clean Air Act. The Senator's justification for her "Dirty Air Act" -- Senate resolution (S.J. Res. 26), scheduled...

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Climate debate heads into "Murky" waters

(7) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 12:20 PM

These can seem like very discouraging times. As our planet continues its dangerous trajectory towards a steady boil, many of our politicians, like latter-day Neros, choose to fiddle around with short sighted politics as our planet burns. Even with the effects of our addiction to fossil fuels appallingly visible in...

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Turning Earth Day Into a Climate Action Day

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 12:28 PM

After finding myself stranded in London over the weekend as a giant cloud of volcanic ash covers the European skies, I'm glad to finally be back in U.S. soil in time for Earth Day.

This year's Earth Day celebration is special, but not just because the holiday turns...

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Dirty Polluters Rewriting the Clean Air Act

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 7:06 PM

On Wednesday, dirty energy lobbyists took a big step towards achieving a long-cherished goal: shredding the Clean Air Act.

Leaks from a closed-door meeting between these industries and Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) suggest some serious challenges for the future of our fight...

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The Climate Movement Heeds the Call

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 11:48 AM

We are hearing lots of conflicting statements on the status of a comprehensive climate bill. Depending on who you read or listen to, it's either still a viable, passable solution in the Senate or it's dead in the water. It's easy to see why some...

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An Open Letter to President Obama: No More "Clean" Coal

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 4:31 PM

Thursday, February 11, 2010

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

Thank you for taking a moment to
engage with me about coal and renewable energy at the Gen44 event last Thursday night. As you may...

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Massachusetts, Climate, and Change

(5) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 4:50 PM

Exactly 365 days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, we in the climate movement certainly don't seem to have hit our stride. In fact, that's a bit of an understatement: the compromises of ACES, the slow pace in the Senate, and the disappointment of Copenhagen have left many...

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Hoping in Copenhagen

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 12:19 PM

Last night, I ambled home through the snow after another 20 hour day and stayed up too late watching the inspiring documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. I guess the Danes decided it made sense to broadcast on the eve of his arrival in Copenhagen. I...

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Elections by citizens, not corporations

(4) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 12:16 PM

In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court is set to rule in the Citizens United vs. FEC case, which could potentially overturn 100 years of campaign finance precedent. The case refers to a documentary, Hillary: The Movie, set to air during the 2008 presidential primary that was highly critical...

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly: A Look Back at the Drama Over the EPW Bill

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 11:14 AM

This morning brings good news on the climate change front: In spite of the ongoing Republican boycott of the hearings, Senate Democrats in the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) passed the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009 out of committee by a vote of 10-1, with...

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Next Steps for My Friend, Van Jones

(23) Comments | Posted September 7, 2009 | 3:29 PM

Van Jones, the White House's top advisor on Green Jobs, resigned this morning in the wake of a focused campaign by the right wing to unseat him. In all the stories swirling around Glenn Beck/Fox's smear campaign on my long-time friend and colleague Van Jones, I hardly recognized...

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WaPo Slow to Cover Real Grassroots Climate Actions

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2009 | 3:48 PM

"Americans are against climate and health care legislation." These are overwhelming themes of the summer, according to certain segments of the mainstream media. Over and over, we hear that the only groups and organizations mobilized and motivated this summer are a motley assortment of "Tea Party" protesters, "Birthers", far-out conspiracy...

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Clean Energy Bill Can Be Better

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 4:38 PM

The American Clean Energy and Security Act offers our country the most important opportunity in generations to jumpstart our economy, create millions of new jobs and set the stage for America to compete and win in a 21st century economy while reducing global warming pollution. This clean energy jobs bill...

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Coming Out of the Closet: My Climate Trauma (and Yours?)

(20) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 1:34 PM

I have spent my lifetime face to face with some of the most brutal and inhumane acts ever committed, but nothing has been as traumatizing for me as trying to get action to tackle the climate crisis.

As a long time human rights defender and prior Executive Director at...

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Lisa Jackson Is Leading Where We Want to Go: To a Clean Energy Future

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 3:34 PM

I love Lisa Jackson. Yes, I love the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) administrator. It's not just that she came to PowerShift`09 and rallied the crowd like a rock star, or that she was real with me back stage about what needs to be done. It's also that she has...

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The House Must Act Now on Cap-and-Trade Legislation

(4) Comments | Posted January 9, 2009 | 5:50 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this week that she has enough votes to pass cap-and-trade legislation aimed at curbing the effects of global warming, but would not commit to holding a vote in 2009. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Pelosi said she has backing in the Democratic-controlled House...

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