Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby
Minutes–September 19, 2019
Isabella County Commission on Aging
I. Ambitious Outreach Actions
Which action(s) will you take to build the political will for legislative action? Call Dawn S. at (989) 506-6022 to sign up to volunteer for tabling or events. Buddies and training provided.
A. Focusing our Grasstops [influential leaders] Outreach with CCL training and outline
B. Zonta AppleFest tabling, Saturday, Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 2 hour shifts
C. CMU Homecoming Parade, Saturday, Oct. 12, 11:00 a.m., all ages and pets welcome; other high efficiency vehicles to join with Prius and Tesla cars.
D. October Congressional Break, Oct. 1-13; Are you interested in meeting in-district with Rep. Moolenaar? Call Marie, 989-944-5858
E. You can go to the November Lobby Day in Washington D.C. to deliver CCL analysis of June Lobby Day meetings, Nov. 11-12, Registration;
F. Campus outreach, help requested to recruit students and faculty for a Climate Solutions Summit, rival school climate collaboration, and climate unit in the CMU homecoming parade
II. New Business
A. National video speaker How did American politics get to be so dysfunctional? It has a lot to do with psychology, and our guest this month, Jonathan Haidt, helped us wrap our heads around this phenomenon. A Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business, he is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Haidt’s book explains the origins of the human moral sense and how variations in moral intuitions can help explain the polarization and dysfunction of American politics. Haidt and colleagues have developed two free interactive programs to help individuals, classes, organizations, and businesses understand these ideas: https://www.yourmorals.org/index.php, and openmindplatform.org
B. Informal discussion group forming to address how to respond to different scenarios when talking with people about climate. Call Marie, 989-944-5858, if interested in joining.
III. Good News
A. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 now has 62 cosponsors, 3 more since last month; Andy Levin, Dan Kildee, and Brenda Lawrence still the only MI reps
B. First bipartisan climate working group forming in Senate, led by Sen. Jeff Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)
C. Legislative Update on Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act plus 4 new carbon pricing bills (one more since then=5) showing increased interest in putting a price on carbon
IV. Local Actions—personal reports
A. John L.—shared My Green Lab information with chemistry labs at CMU, will share with others
B. Alan G.— will share My Green Lab information with labs at Mid Mich
C. Cil L.—starting a letter writing group, call her at 989-772-0596 if interestd
D. Marie K.—Human Rights & Wellness Club at Mid Michigan College (9/17); Chamber of Commerce After Hours (9/18); tabling/maybe speaking at CMU Climate Teach-in (9/20); meeting with Annette Thorton regarding Honors class projects (9/30); meeting with Lisa H. for grasstops advice (10/2)
V. Old Business
A. Further follow up on 8 professors from CMU’s Economics Dept. is still on hold
B. Chamber of Commerce membership question—Ann K. found that membership is annually from date purchased. Recommended we wait until January.
VI. Announcements and useful info:
CCL’s Community (CCL intranet for members)– every new sign-up is automatically registered for Community. Click to check in to set your own password, via “Forgot my password,” if need be, and to continue receiving CCL national posts. Call Marie for one-on-one tutoring if desired, 989-944-5858.
VII. Next meeting: October 17, 2019—7:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.
Present: Marie and Pete Koper, Dawn and Fred Sprague, John Lorand, Tom Moffit, Carol Rard, Errol Putnam, Brittany Johnson, Jeannie Reese, Gary Kramer, Beth Evans, Jerry Hilliard, Michelle and Troy Bracke, Jackie Ovait, Curt and Anne Jensen. �]