These t-shirt concepts are largely inspired by climate change, big oil, sustainability, solar power, bees, Sarah Palin, the Koch brothers, politics, Citizens United, and the obscene amount of corrupting money in our elections. We also are inspired by lifestyle issues like biking, organics, nature and humor. Humor because in a world like this you gotta laugh.
We believe the humble t-shirt can be elevated into an agent of transformation and a powerful way to challenge conventional "wisdom" of business-as-usual. And that it can also be stylish and fashionable at the same time. We believe that what you wear is who you are, and that these messages empower us to challenge the hugely unassailable corporate monster and to give us the impetus to create a better world.
Our concepts and designs have more than 35 years of design and advertising experience behind them. Michael Hetz is an award-winning creative director and designer who heads up a creative brand boutique in Encinitas California. His wife, Mary, with more then 30 years creative and design experience in the fashion accessory and craft industries assists in art, product development and logistics.
Michael is also a committed climate activist and is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.org and The Sierra Club. He strongly believes that each of us needs to stand up and be counted against the continued degradation of our world and to enable the transformation into sustainable living.
Citizens Climate Lobby
“If the political will of the people is asleep at the wheel, then the political will of government is likely to be asleep at the wheel.” - Sam Daley-Harris Founder, President RESULTS
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a 7-year old, nonprofit, grassroots volunteer organization focused exclusively on passing a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend (CFD) to address climate change. CCL provides its members with tool kits for direct lobbying of local and national elected representatives and their staffs; conducts monthly actions and conference calls with experts to expand members’ personal political power; trains them in placement of public comments in print media and in building relationships with editorial boards, and organizes at a grass-roots level to build consensus. CCL empowers individuals to find their voice in the climate debate.
Last year, CCL volunteers conducted 710 meetings with federal legislators. The June, 2014 annual meeting in Washington drew over 600 volunteers who met with 508 Congressional offices over a 3-day period, respectfully listening to their concerns and discussing new economic modeling showing a stimulus effect of a national CFD when 100% of the revenue is returned to households. In 2013, volunteers published 1270 Letters to the Editor and numerous op-eds, reaching an estimated 20 million people, with double that rate this year. CCL met with 46 editorial boards in 2013, resulting in 41 favorable editorials. CCL also engages economists, military leaders and both progressive and conservative think tanks, as well as faith community leaders.
CCL is growing rapidly. Support doubled last year to over 6,000 members in 188 chapters (+ 99 more in formation) covering 329 Congressional districts in 48 states and Canada (June, 2014). CCL aims to have members in all 435 Congressional districts by the end of 2014. New groups are starting in 11 other countries.
350.org is building a global climate movement. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.
The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm.
We believe that a global grassroots movement can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.