Congressional Update

US House Climate Solutions Caucus and US Senate Climate Solutions Caucus

The Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit has been rescheduled as a virtual conference on Friday, October 16, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Pared down to two panels and a keynote speaker, this free Climate Solutions Summit will highlight different parts of the solutions to reduce climate change and its impacts as well as facilitate increased collaboration between the university and the community. It is co-sponsored by Central Michigan University and Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Education. University and community panelists, discussing their local implementations,  will precede the noon speech by Dr. Andy Hoffman, noted researcher and Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability. Details and registration coming soon.

LINK TO SURVEY: https://forms.gle/x12Mc2e9yPSRcVEy8
Want to do something significant for the climate but don’t think you can? Register for Michigan CCL’s free 5 Levers Workshop
 to start learning how you can!—Wednesday, August 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Register here.
Who do you know? Contribute your suggestions for businesses and organizations for our new business initiatives, see “II. New Business” in the Minutes!
6 CCL representatives from MI District 4 met with Rep. Moolenaar via Zoom on June 17, 2020

Working with the team at TurboVote, CCL has set up a page where anyone in any state can register, request an absentee ballot, and/or sign up for election reminders.
http://cclusa.org/register-to-vote

National Video Speaker: 

Dr. Renee Lertzman, Environmental Psychologist, shared her research on climate anxiety (climate grief, eco-anxiety).  Climate Change is a cognitive, emotional trauma for many when confronted with hard truths about the future of our world. She maintained that people don’t jump on the bandwagon through education, righting or cheerleading because humans resist pressure to change.  A better approach is to be a guide who listens to them and their concerns and provides a relational home, a safe place for them to decide on changes.  For more, listen to her TED talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/renee_lertzman_how_to_turn_climate_anxiety_into_action#t-13814
Or register for her Inside Out Summit Oct. 7-8 here. You can check out another approach to climate anxiety cofounded by a CMU grad, Aimee Lewis-Reau, “The Good Grief Network” at https://www.goodgriefnetwork.org

Minutes of July 16, 2020

Present: Robert and Gabe Fanning, Curt and Anne Jennings, Marie Koper (leader), Cil and John Lorand, Matt Mertz, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Dawn Sprague, Emily Zoet. 

  1. Old Business
    1. The Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit  has been rescheduled as a virtual conference Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
  2.  
    1. Schedule (tentative)

9:00-10:15 a.m. –First panel (4 university panelists, hopefully still including Pres. Davies)
10:15-10:30 a.m.–15 minute break
10:30-11:45 a.m.–Second panel (4 community panelists, hopefully still including Mayor Joseph)
11:45-12:00 p.m.–15 minute break
12:00-1:30 p.m.—Dr. Andy Hoffman, U of M (Sustainable business), Keynote and Q&A

  1.  
    1. Use Chamber of Commerce connections to increase the business focus at the Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit and nurture our relationship with local business; utilize our remaining free Chamber benefits for publicity
    2. Previously scheduled student, organizations, and business tabling options could be converted to videos and included if someone wanted to take on that project.
  1. Resume your calls or sign up here: Monthly Calling Campaign—you get a designated day with a monthly reminder, office number, and suggestions. Scores of people making a once a month call provide a steady reminder to Congressional offices that we still want national action!

II. New Business –Steering Committee Report, Emily Zoet

  1. Develop a Local Business Toolkit for distribution
  2. Write newspaper articles from interviews to Remember Climate during Covid-19
  3. Sponsor a Chamber of Commerce Educational Program—Spring 2021
  4. Sponsor an Energy Saving Conference (formerly called the Clean Energy Conference—Summer/Fall 2021
  5. Introduce HR 763 to business leaders


Key to all of these projects is contacting local businesses and organizations that are already interested in sustainable practices. You may add your suggestions with contact names and numbers if you have them in this Google spreadsheet. You may also send that information to Emily at emilyzoet@gmail.com if that’s easier. We’ll reach out to them.
 

  1. Other New Business
    1. Invite Rep. Moolenaar or a Senator Stabenow or Peters to our August monthly meeting – tabled.
    2. Agriculture possibilities: Senate bill “Growing Climate Solutions” introduced
      1. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is one of the four sponsors along with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) and Lindsay Graham and Michael Braun(Rs)
      2. House version introduced by 5 Dems, 5 GOP
      3. To make it easier for farmers and forest managers to participate in carbon offset markets
      4. Talk to the Farm Bureau folks and Bob Thompson, president of the Michigan Farmers union
    3. Meteorologists Outreach—Ch. 9&10, Moore Hall TV, Saginaw. Marie is looking into making these connections. Contact her at mkoper5@gmail.com if you’re interested in this outreach.
  2. Treasurer’s Report:  $ 816.65

Should you want to support our outreach, you can send donations to our PO Box 1202 (48804-1202). Make out checks to Marie Koper or John Lorand or Ann Kowaleski with “MPCCL donation” in the memo line. Your generosity means we can concentrate our time and energy on community and legislative outreach. Thanks again to all our past donors!

In the News:

  • Local news:  Anne Jennings became the Vice President of MRF (Material Recycling Facility) in Mt. Pleasant. Congratulations, Anne!
  • Burger King announced that they would buy cattle which have been fed lemon grass to reduce their methane emissions.
  • Zac Efron is hosting a new show, “Down to Earth”, on Netflix in which he interviews people all over the world about their efforts to reduce carbon emissions. For more information, click here: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/zac-efron-debuts-look-netflix-222400491.html    
  • Time Magazine’s double issue of July 20 and July 27 contains contributions by world leaders to the theme “One Last Chance. The defining year for the Planet” – a must-read compilation for all who want to be informed about how climate change will affect all the other areas in our lives.
  • The national Citizens Climate Lobby Conference in July on Zoom had 4,600+ participants from 37 countries!  You can view those workshops here.
  • The next (virtual) CCL conference will be December 5 – 6, 2020.


Next meeting:  Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. on Zoom, 6:30 for get-acquainted time

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