MPCCL Meeting: July 19

Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will meet Thursday, July 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Library Annex, 201 S. University, to educate ourselves by listening to a guest video speaker, plan our local outreach, and take action!
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With members of Congress now beginning to discuss a price on carbon, long CCL’s goal, it is no accident that our July speaker is Adele Morris. Since economists are almost unanimous in agreeing that a national price on carbon is needed to address carbon emissions effectively and efficiently, this is an opportunity to learn from a highly respected expert so that we can share the information with our fellow citizens.

Morris is a senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. She is a leading global expert on the design of carbon pricing policies. Before joining Brookings in July 2008, she worked with the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress, where she advised members and staff on economic, energy, and environmental policy.

The public is always invited.  Newcomers are invited to come early to get acquainted. Snacks and fellowship free!

“Growing Support for Bipartisan Climate Solutions”

If you missed Marie Koper’s guest column in the Morning Sun, July 13, you can read it here. Cil Lorand wrote a brief letter to the editor in support that appeared July 18. Please keep the ball rolling by sending in your short, respectful letter as well!

CWC Guest Speaker Series: Peter Sinclair

July 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Veterans Memorial Library Annex, 301 S. University, Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant CCL has also sponsored Peter Sinclair. His presentations are always informative and up to date. Come find out the latest developments!

 

The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy Guest Speaker Series is a monthly presentation about topics ranging from environmental conservation to outdoor recreation and everything in between. July’s presentation will feature acclaimed filmmaker and environmentalist Pete Sinclair who will talk about renewable energy developments in Michigan with a focus in the Central Michigan region.

Mr. Sinclair is a videographer specializing in issues of Climate Change and renewable energy solutions. He produces the video series “This is Not Cool”, for Yale Climate Connections.
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/author/psinclair/

Mr. Sinclair is also Media Director of The Dark Snow Project, a crowd-funded science and communication effort focusing on the Greenland Ice Sheet and Sea Level rise. More information
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jul/24/dark-snow-soot-accelerating-greenland-ice-melt.

A frequent speaker, Mr. Sinclair has brought his rich multi-media presentation to schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout Michigan and around the world, as well as communication workshops for scientists at American Geophysical Union gatherings in San Francisco and Colorado.

Mr. Sinclair was recently named 2017 “Friend of the Planet” by the National Center for Science Education.
https://ncse.com/blog/2017/03/peter-sinclair-most-important-videographer-planet-0018502.

 

Highlights from MPCCL June Meeting

CCL Conference Report from Marie and Peter (Koper)[Conference pictures.]

            “Pete met with three offices, and Marie met with two. She had to withdraw from a third one that ended up conflicting with the one with Rep. Moolenaar. It was a positive sign that his scheduler was working hard through Monday with a lot of changes in his schedule to get us a meeting with him. He was a few minutes late getting back to the office from the airport, but he was very focused and engaged with the question of support for Carbon Fee and Dividend.

            “He said he preferred policies to address specific problems …..Primarily that was to have a specific bill introduced that could be discussed publicly and in committees. He also said he wanted to hear from knowledgeable people of integrity that he thinks are honest in their assessments. He mentioned a couple of names, one a representative from Louisiana and the other a Dow scientist. This gives us an opportunity to return with the results of those and other conversations.

            “Overall the report is very encouraging. CCL told us that a group of Republican representatives had started hashing out a carbon fee and dividend type bill, but ran out of time before campaign season started in earnest. The CCL strategy for all of us is not to make climate a wedge issue that further polarizes the Parties, but a bridge to bipartisanship.

            “Many CCL-ers reported that the young staff members they talked to across the board were knowledgeable about the issue, and emphasized our group is doing all the right things. One that Marie talked to said, ‘The tide is changing.’ At the Tuesday night reception, two more Republican members of Congress were announced as members of the Climate Solutions Caucus.

            “Take heart, fellow CCL advocates, our methods are working in Congress. Let’s get our ground game ready to run with the ball when the bill drops.”

National Call:We listened to the June video speaker, Nathaniel Stinnett, founder and executive director of Environmental Voter Project. Their mission is to identify the large number of citizens concerned about environmental issues who are staying home on Election Day, and turn them into active voters. That way, politicians from both parties will have many more voters who care about the soil, the ocean, the air, and the whole natural world evaluating their positions and urging solutions.

            Mr. Stinnett’s talk was clearly presented, well thought out, and persuasive. Among his main points were:

(a) Fewer environmental voters vote than those of other blocs;

(b) Likely voters don’t prioritize Climate Change or the Environment;

(c) Whether one votes is public record;

(d) Peer pressure works.

Discussion ensued, during which (a) remained puzzling. But the program of persuading eligible voters who prioritize the environment to vote met with strong approval, and most if not all present wanted to pursue it. We can start by recommending the link to environmental nonvoters we know.

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Highlights from Mt. Pleasant CCL meeting,  May 12, 2018

Date/Time Change for meeting:

Since meetings on weekends are not convenient for many, we will try week night meetings during the summer. June Meeting: THURSDAY, June 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging. 

International CCL Conference, June 10 – 12 in Washington D.C:

CCL has topped 100,000 supporters; June conference should top last years’ 1300 attendees, including 123 conservatives and 116 students so far for this conference.  Marie and Pete Koper and Forest Gehring, a graduating senior from Mt. Pleasant HS., Jim and Jill Crissman from Midland, and a couple from north of Lansing will be constituents meeting with Rep. Moolenaar or his staff. You can increase your member of Congress’s and their staff’s attention to our policy by organizing everyone you know to call their Representative and Senators on Wednesday, June 6th, in support of carbon fee and dividend.  To make it easy and to track the number of calls we’re generating, we encourage using the online action tool – cclusa.org/call – that is specifically set up for the June 6th Call-in. It will also provide office numbers and suggested topic.

Parachutes for the Planet.  A Mother Earth Project (MEP).

MEP chose parachutes because as safety nets, they are a good metaphor for the process of saving the environment. “[W]hen . . . collectively displayed in large numbers, they transform into powerful messages of strength, hope and communal determination.”

We’re inviting groups and individuals to make “parachutes” (decorated cloth circles, max. 12 ft. diameter) which will be displayed locally and then at national exhibitions in Washington, D.C. But remember to send them to MPCCL so we can display them in Mt. Pleasant first! (Sorry, due to technical difficulties, i.e. lack of knowledge (volunteer?), there is no Registration Form to download.) Please see our Facebook page for more details.

To register, please contact Shelly Smith at 989-572-8491 or gowdysmith@gmail.com.

New Conference Input:

In addition to Constituents Comments to share with our Representatives in DC, we will ask Dr. Julie Doll (Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Long-term Ecological Research Project at the Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University) to write a letter summarizing climate impacts on Michigan agriculture.  We will also ask Paul Gross (Isabella County MSU Extension Agent) to share how local farmers have been impacted with problems caused by these changes.  Perhaps some farmers will write statements as well.

Upcoming Events:

Farmers Market:  starts June 7.  We need volunteers to table at Island Park every Thursday.  Contact Dawn at 989-506-6022 to let her know which 2 hour slot you prefer.

Chippewa River Festival on July 15:  We plan to table and offer Parachutes for the Planet as a youth activity as well.  Another volunteer opportunity to make connections with other people!

CCL has prepared a valuable Study Guide (for all volunteers, not just conference attendees) that summarizes important CCL information. You can access it with this link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ffAQo_LNiFRw2aWsJOVLotwNA-n0W_gr6vpuAsiXQhU/edit?usp=sharing

April Climate Events Galore!

Due to Saturday’s icy forecast, we’ll postpone the April meeting until Saturday, April 21, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2202 S. Lincoln Road.

BUT please consider educating and enjoying yourself and friends at the excellent events coming up next week and the days thereafter. I especially recommend Peter Sinclair’s talks:

1) with a 2 NOAA researchers Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., CMU– Pearce Hall 127 on talking about climate

2) “The Case for Renewables” along with Marie & CCL, Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Library Annex.

Then there are art and bird exhibits, poetry and artists talks—all good ways to share the topic with a friend who may not be following the many impacts of the changing climate. 

Visitors are always welcome to our open meetings. This month we’ll hear highlights from folks who attended the MI CCL conference, sign up for more April events to raise community awareness, and watch Amber Sullivan, TV meteorologist from Phoenix, AZ, on our monthly video call. Check out the events below, some of which are ours. (Note date correction to April 19th for the Speak for the Earth and the Climate Open Mic.)

Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Park Library of Central Michigan University, and Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education and others collaborated on hosting and sharing a calendar and publicity for climate and environmental events. Here’s what’s left. Take a friend or two with you when you check them out.

Climate Change Collaborative ExhibitApril 4-28at Art Reach, 111 E. Broadway, Mt. P.

of Special Concern,April 4 – May 23, Baber Room – CMU Park Library, 250 W. Preston, Mt.P. As we celebrate the tenets of Earth Day, the art of Justin Kellner and Jane Kramer reveals the beauty, while honoring concerns about the preservation and protection of our natural world.

Artists’ Presentationsby Justin Kellner and Jane KramerApril 24, 4:00 pm, Park Library Auditorium followed by reception in Baber Room 

2018: Year of the Bird exhibit, April 4-30, Veterans Memorial Library with photos taken by Chippewa Valley Audubon Club and mounts loaned by Mid Michigan Community College, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and sharing Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report

League of Women Voters general meeting on climate issues–What Individuals Can Do, Tues., April 17, 7:00 pm, Veterans Memorial Library Annex

CMU Earth Week activities

Sunday, April 15: Air
Monday, April 16: Land:
Tuesday, April 17: Water
Wednesday, April 18: Education: Peter Sinclair, Brent Lofgren, and Stephanine Gandulla are speaking on a panel about Climate Change and how to talk about Climate Change at 7 pm in Pearce 127.  Brent Lofgren is a NOAA Researcher focused on climate in the Great Lakes Basin Area. Stephanine Gandulla is a NOAA archaeologist from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary who has attended an extensive training on how to talk about climate change.
Thursday, April 19: Food (Multiple groups, including Citizens’ Climate Lobby, tabling at UC Rotunda 11am-2pm)
Friday, April 20: Shelter
Saturday, April 21: Energy
Sunday, April 22: Collaboration (EARTH DAY!)

Speak for the Earth & the Climate Open Micat Art Reach, Thursday, April 19, 7:00-8:00 pm. Why Do YOU Care about the Earth & Climate?

Word Hammer, CMU student poets and performers of spoken word poetry, in conjunction with Art Reach of Mid Michigan and Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education, invite the university and the community to come together to celebrate the earth and climate that sustain us.

Surrounded by the Climate Change Collaborative Exhibit, Open Mic will be a noncompetitive opportunity, open to all, to share original poems or to read selections of nature writing that express your feelings or viewpoint.

The Sacred Seeds Symposium, Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Ziibiwing Center will be a variety of interesting and fun offerings that will include ceremony, guest speakers and a seed exchange! A screening of the film “SEED: The Untold Story” with Jane Goodall and Winona LaDuke is a movie about the “miraculous and vital” seed…” They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.”

Family Earth Day Drop-In Program Plastic Cap Mosaic at Art Reach of Mid Michigan Sunday, April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm, 111 E. Broadway in downtown Mt. Pleasant. On average, over 22 million pounds of plastic finds its way into our Great Lakes, polluting the water and scarring the natural beauty and wonder of our lake shores. Join us on Earth Day to help create a plastic cap mosaic mural to be displayed in the Idonea Hersee classroom, creating environmentally-friendly art while sparking discussions on other ways we can help keep plastics out of our waters. This event is open to everyone, and no pre-registration is required.

Peter Sinclair will present “The Case for Renewable Energy” with Marie Koper, Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education, Monday, April 23, Veterans Memorial Library Annex, 7:00 pm

Artists’ Presentations by Justin Kellner and Jane Kramer, “of special concern,” April 24, 4:00 pm, Park Library Auditorium followed by reception in Baber Room

Spring into Action

Most of us have struggled with what to say and how to say it when discussing climate change. CCL continues to provide us with insights this month from our video speaker Joan Blades, MoveOn.org co-founder. Join us Saturday, March 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Road for our monthly meeting.

Joan Blades and her husband Wes Boyd co-founded the political action group MoveOn.org in 1997. In 2006, she co-founded MomsRising.org, dedicated to “bringing millions of people, who all share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America, together as a non-partisan force.” Her latest project, Living Room Conversations, seeks to bridge the political divide in America by encouraging people with differing views to come together for respectful discussions. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions.

We’ll also be launching our ambitious spring outreach activities. The first will be showing The Burden, Friday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 S. Bluegrass Rd. Please invite anyone concerned about national security, including current or former military personnel, to attend with you!

The State Conference of CCL Chapters will be in Mt. Pleasant, April 7th, at Mid-Michigan Community College. This is your perfect opportunity to meet like-minded folks from all over the state and improve communication and advocacy skills.  Register now for the Early Bird price.

April is packed with climate and environmental art exhibits, presentations, birds & climate display, even an ecopoetry event. Calendar coming soon.

Here’s hoping you will join us to spring into action

TWO VITAL CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES

Save money at both with Early Bird Registrations!

April 7, 2018, Mt. Pleasant, MI:

Citizens’ Climate Lobby–Michigan Conference

Register Here

EMPOWERMENT + TEAMS + ACTION = CHANGE

Join Michigan Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) volunteers for our 2nd annual conference at Mid-Michigan Community College’s Mt. Pleasant campus. All are welcome! People new to CCL are invited to attend a Climate Advocate Training during the morning. See our registration page for the full agenda: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-citizens-climate-lobby-michigan-chapters-conference-registration-43217578942

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julie Doll, “Michigan Farmers and Climate Change: Stories from the Field”

Dr. Doll is the Education & Outreach Coordinator at Kellogg Biological Station and has done research on communicating about climate change with farmers.

For more information, please contact Leah Gillon, 734-604-8923, leahg@umich.edu.

June 10-12, 2018, Washington D.C.

9th Annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day

LIFECHANGING, EMPOWERING, INSPIRATIONAL!

Everyone from brand new CCL volunteers to seasoned citizen lobbyists will receive special training on how to communicate about climate change and climate solutions. You’ll also hear from inspiring speakers and meet fellow volunteers from across the country who are dedicated to this issue. For those who are interested, you can put your new training into practice at the Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 12, where you can meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Registration and Information Here

For more information, please contact Marie Koper, 989-944-5858, mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com

 

 

Fab February Meeting

Check out the opportunities to learn and make a difference for the climate at the February meeting of Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Saturday, February 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd. (behind the church).

  1. For bipartisan skeptics: Our February video speaker is Celia Paris, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Loyola University. She argues that the desire for a more Madisonian approach to politics remains alive and well in the American public and that citizens value accomplishment, bipartisanship and civility.
  2. CCL will be launching an exciting new awareness-raising video called Undo Your Part for people who have not taken action on climate because the problem feels overwhelming and hopeless to them. Bring your tablet or laptop to the meeting. We’ll launch it together!
  3. P. CCL is busy this spring with a movie on climate & the military, art shows, migratory bird displays, the CCL state conference (April 7 in Mt. P.!) and more. Find the project that rocks your boat! Watch for details. Better yet, help plan them!
  4. Interested in meeting with members of Congress or their staff? We’ll be planning for an in-district spring meeting. Lobby team members should all have completed online lobby training in CCL Community. It’s not hard; we just all need to be on the same page.

November Happenings

1)  Have you invited all of your friends and family to our call in day? We’re just a few days away and we want to log as many calls as we can on Wed., Nov 8th!

RSVP and INVITE 10 friends now before you forget!
#DearCongres #ActOnClimate #ClimateChange #CallCongress

​On November 8th,​ call and ask Congress to ​enact Carbon Fee and Dividend.

​​Visit ​our Call Congress website to: (1) get their phone numbers, (2) see a script of what to say, and (3) log your call​.​ cclusa.org/callcongress

Sign up for CCL Text Alerts to receive reminders about our national actions in support of climate solutions. We’ll send you a reminder to make your calls.
https://citizensclimatelobby.org/text/

C​ongress​ needs to hear from​ us that we want them to take action on climate change. ​

​​On November 14th, hundreds of citizens from across the nation will ​meet with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to ​ask for carbon fee and dividend.

​​To amplify ​the impact of these meetings and help ​to ​move Congress a step closer to​ climate​ legislation​, please call your legislators on Wednesday, November 8th​.
If you don’t get through, you c​an leave a message Wednesday night, or call on ​Thursday.

Time and again we hear from members of Congress that they don’t hear enough from their constituents that climate change matters to them. Calling your Senators and Representative is the first step in building a relationship with your congressional offices and creating the political will needed to ​address climate change.

​More details here: cclusa.org/callcongress

2) Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby meets the second Saturday of the month:

November 11, Veterans Day, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Library, 301 S. University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE!

Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by watching a guest speaker and plan our local actions and outreach to build the will to pass effective climate legislation.

With 60 members now on the equally bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, we are beginning our preparation to assist passing our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal which could be introduced in the foreseeable future. We need to be ready!

Our Veterans Day speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux, USAF (ret.), who served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force before retiring in 2012. His last assignment was Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy in Washington, D.C. He is currently Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at Texzon Technologies, a pioneer in the field of electromagnetic wave propagation, power storage, and electricity distribution.

Gen. Devereaux is also a volunteer with the Asheville chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby where he educates the public about the national security risks of a changing climate.

We hope you’ll come, bring a friend, and learn more about our politely persistent, effective methods that are bringing all parties together for a fair solution to the climate issues facing us all.