Highlights of a VERY Informative November Meeting

Kudos to the 16 people who came out on a snowy evening, including four new folks!

Note: All underlined gray words are clickable links to facilitate your access to helpful information.

Exceptionally Informative Call This Month

National Video Call (may have to check later for active link)

anthony-leiserowitz-180X180Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, shared their latest, extensive polling on Americans’ views about climate change and solutions like carbon pricing on maps searchable by state, district, and county. Yale Opinion Poll maps.

Some Important Highlights

More people are alarmed (21%) or concerned (30%) about climate change now then since 2008. That is 26-27 million who could join a campaign for climate action. Contrasted with only 9% who are dismissive (deniers etc.), but extremely vocal. Similar to NRA’s membership of 4 million, another very loud group that demonstrates the power of even small, but dedicated, groups to control the public square on an issue. Americans are now more divided on climate change than abortion.

42% said that they were not engaged because nobody asked them. Obviously we need to reach out and invite them! We ask you to become engaged yourself and bring a friend to the Next Meeting: December 13, Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.  Everyone is asked to bring a guest to double our attendance! Meeting with expert video speaker is 7:00-8:30 p.m. Come early, 6:45 p.m. for Meet & Greet with Munchies!

Only 52% know that climate change is human caused not natural. Important to educate; otherwise there’s not enough perceived need to pass legislation to reduce emissions fast enough.

Only 22% hear about global warming in the media at least once a week, so we need increase coverage, via letters to the editor, op-ed columns, phone calls, public events, public service announcements on radio and TV, social media sharing, and talking regularly with our friends, family and community. CCL teaches how to do it without arguments! Much more effective 🙂

Take away? We climate advocates need to step up! The IPCC Special Report says we now have 12 years to reduce our emissions to keep the world’s temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. It’s already up 1 degree with obvious impacts. But it can be done—they note a carbon tax and political will are necessary. CCL’s focus!

And here’s why we can do it: Sam Daley Harris video—7 minute video, founder of RESULTS whose methodology was so successful with hunger legislation that CCL founder adopted it, explains how he went from hopeless to changemaker as can we: ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things while Reclaiming Our Democracy. Start at 2:35 minutes to save time; it cuts out after 7 minutes, but you get the idea! We can do this.

New Business Actions

From a list of options, we decided to start with the following:

Relating climate change to Rep. Moolenaar’s policy issues and how to talk to him about them. Marie K. and Don S. will be in charge, following up on recent meetings in district & in Washington. Pete Koper will schedule a meeting in Midland with aide (important gatekeepers) to discuss Carbon Fee & Dividend. Several others expressed interest in joining him.

Tom M. will contact the Public Broadcasting Media (radio and TV) at CMU to ask them to include Katharine Hayhoe’s “Global Weirding” on TV and Yale Climate Connections (radio) which are short free spots. He may approach Mac TV as well.

We will continue to explore opportunities to show relevant movies, esp. on campus and outside of Mt. Pleasant. Ex:  Merchants of DoubtThe BurdenTidewaterSaving SnowChasing IceChasing Coraletc. Anyone knowing of any group that would like to view one or more, contact Marie or Dawn.

Pete K. will explore inviting a speaker to talk about the effects of climate changes on birds for a public program with Chippewa Watershed Conservancy and local Audubon.

Ann K. and Eric T. volunteered to write responses to The Morning Sun and Alyssa R to one in CM-Life.

Marie K. will continue to reach out to higher ed faculty and student groups as well as business sectors. Help invited!

Congressional Education Day (Nov. 13) Highlights

Over 600 CCL members met with legislators in Washington to summarize 500 Congressional visits in June to help set the next session’s priorities on climate. Our delegation had an excellent meeting in D.C. with Rep. Moolenaar and staff. You can benefit from conference training and informational sessions here.

Treasurer’s Report

John L. reported $ 839.05 in our bank account.

Marie thanked donors for their generous donations which have enabled members to focus their time on MPCCL’s work instead of fundraising. CCL national will be sending out their semiannual fundraising appeal that provides more than 490 volunteer chapters with expert support and training. National donations are tax deductible.

For local donations, which are not tax deductible, Make checks to: Marie Koper; For: MPCCL; Send to: Marie Koper/MPCCL; P.O. Box 1202; Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-1202

Announcements

Marie and Don had a very good meeting with Rep. Moolenaar’s Midland aide on Tuesday when they dropped off cookies as per CCL’s appreciation action last month!

Go to https://www.facebook.com/Mt.PleasantCitizensClimateLobby/ to see our regular, relevant posts. You don’t need your own Facebook page to go there. If you have your own page, please “Like” and “Share” regularly to spread the information!

Remember to click on the Take Action tab on CCL’s homepage to find quick links to contacting members of Congress, finding speaker archives, etc.–all public.

Present

Dawn Sprague, Curt Jensen, Pete and Marie Koper, Ann Kowaleski, Eric Torgersen, Gary Kramer, John and Cil Lorand, Matt Mertz, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Alyssa Ramirez, Will Joseph, Don Smith, and Mary Bentley.

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