MPCCL Actions & May Minutes
Welcome to Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby! Here’s what we’re doing right now. With your support, who knows what more we can accomplish! Explore our website at the bottom. Call me anytime with questions or suggestions, 989-944-5858.
Are you angry, anxious, concerned, or distraught about climate change? Action is the best antidote! Our job is educating ourselves, our community, the media, and our members of Congress that there is now a bipartisan, market driven bill in the U.S. Congress that will significantly reduce CO2. It’s H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
Local & Congressional Outreach—Find your interest, availability, and take action! Call Dawn at (989) 506-6022 for more information.
1. Tabling at School of Rock, Renewable Tour, Friday, May 17, 7:00 p.m., MPHS
2. Walking in Alma Highland Festival Parade—Saturday, May 25, 9:00 a.m. line up; 10:30 start. Our policy is a minimum of 12 marchers!
3. Farmers Market tabling runs June 6 – October 31, Thursdays (7 a.m.–2 p.m.) at Island Park; Saturdays, June 22 –October 12 on Broadway (9 a.m.–2 p.m.). Sign up for a 2 hour slot (9 – 11 a.m. or 11 – 1 p.m.
4. Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, June 8, 4:00-9:00 p.m., Downtown MP
5. Chippewa River Water Festival, Saturday, July 13, noon – 6 p.m., Island Park, CCL table; pop music performed by Ross Howell with climate narrative; CCL spot on stage. Narrator and tablers needed. Children’s activity?
National Action – Call Congress Day
June 5th, a week before our CCL delegates in Washington (including Pete and Marie from Mt. Pleasant and Jim Crissman from Midland) go lobbying, we want to prepare the senators and representatives for their visits. We need to generate a crazy number of calls to our members of Congress (Rep. John Moolenaar and Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow) to demonstrate that there are many constituents back home also asking them to support the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). It’s easy – here are the details:
CCL will send an email on June 5th to everyone in the national CCL database — and a text alert to everyone signed up to receive them (sign up at cclusa.org/text). To make calling easy and to automatically track the number of calls made, its best to use CCL’s online action tool – cclusa.org/call. It gives you a script and the phone numbers to call; and if you click “DONE CALLING” afterwards, your calls will be reported so that we don’t have to submit a field report! We’re building and measuring political will. Our crazy goal is 50 calls. But what if all 600 of you called!!!!!
How many friends will you ask to join you in calling? Most busy folks appreciate a reminder, too. If you don’t get through on June 5th, you can leave a message in the evening or call on June 6th.
Present: Justin Bentley, Mary Bentley, Kurt Jensen, Pete and Marie Koper, Cil and John Lorand, Matt Mertz, Gisela Moffit, Dawn Sprague, Marilyn Thornton, Emily Zoet.
I. Good News
A. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 now has 37 cosponsors, up from 29 last month; Andy Levin, is the first from MI; More GOP expected.
B. MPCCL’s new website is almost finished.
C. CCL’s newly redesigned Community has launched for our use; every new sign-up is automatically registered for Community. Click to check in to set your own password and to continue to receive CCL national posts. Call Marie for one-on-one tutoring, 989-944-5858.
II. Old Business
A. Carol R., Marie K., and Dawn S. tabled at the Sacred Mother Earth Symposium, on April 20
B. Marie K. sat on a climate panel at CMU presented by the Student Environmental Alliance on April 22; Gisela M. and Bob Lindahl were prepared to table, but tabling by a non RSO is not allowed.
C. Cil L. and Marie K. tabled at First United Methodist Church’s Earth Day celebration on April 28. Marie K. also spoke at one of their adult education classes.
D. Fourteen volunteers marched in the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Parade, carrying signs about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, passing out info and candy; two Prii (Toyota’s contest winner for plural of Prius) driven with signs and earth flag.
E. Marie K. emailed 8 professors from CMU’s Economics Dept. thanking them for signing a WSJ open letter in support of a revenue neutral carbon fee with dividends returned to households; called and left messages as follow up. One returned call indicating willingness to sign on with support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
III. New Business
A. National video speaker: Former Florida representative, Carlos Curbelo
Before leaving Congress, Carlos Curbelo did more than any Republican to tone down the divisive rhetoric on climate change and start a movement to turn it into a bipartisan issue. He joined this month’s call to talk about building the momentum for a bipartisan approach to solving climate change, and he’s very positive about the shift happening with GOP representatives.
B. Members broke into three groups to review a list of open ended questions, selecting their recommendations for delegates to ask in the Washington meetings. They are good examples for us to include in any conversation on climate we have with family, friends, or people we talk to while tabling at events. Check them out on the attached file.
V. Next meeting: June 13, 2019—7:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.