MPCCL October 17 Meeting

Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby

Minutes—Oct. 17, 2019

Isabella County Commission on Aging


  1. Ambitious Outreach Actions

Which action(s) will you take to build the political will for legislative action on the climate crisis?

  1. A. Climate Solution Summit at CMU: ad hoc committee has brainstorming session on Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. at Ponder Coffee shop on Franklin St.


  1. Tabling at Farmers Market through Oct. 31 (Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m or 11 – 2 p.m.). Call Dawn (989) 506-6022) More Constituent Comments!


  1. C. Letter Writing Group: meets 2 times a month to compose letters to the editor or legislators. Contact Cil (816-824-6877) for times and places.


  1. Informal discussion group formed to address how to respond to different scenarios when talking with people about climate. Call Marie, 989-944-5858, if interested in joining.


  1. E.Thank you’ meeting with Rep. Moolenaar’s office in Midland on Nov. 8. Are you interested in going?  Call Marie, 989-944-5858. We’ll take a photo of our chapter (sorry group photo didn’t turn out! substituting parade pic), Constituents’ letters, and baked goods (thanks Jackie for making them!)


  1. National Lobby Day in Washington DC on Nov. 6th.

Sign up at to receive a text alert reminding you to call. We need to inundate the offices of our members of Congress with calls! Big numbers impress!!

  1. Put the Call Congress Day in your phone calendar and select   ‘Going’ and ‘Invite friends’ to this Facebook Event
  2. Use the online action tool to get a script and phone numbers and be sure to click “DONE CALLING” to report your calls.


  1. New Business

National video speaker

Our October 17th video speaker is Kiera O’Brien, Students for Carbon Dividends

There’s been a shift among Republicans in Congress on climate change, due in no small part to polling that shows younger GOP voters are as concerned about climate change as their progressive counterparts. As vice president of Students for Carbon Dividends, Keira O’Brien is working to harness that passion among young conservatives to generate political will for carbon dividends legislation, which places a fee on carbon and gives revenue to households. Kiera, who is President Emeritus of the Harvard Republican Club, recently testified at a congressional hearing alongside Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Over the summer, she spoke about carbon dividends at the Teen Vogue Summit: “There are many climate-oriented groups rallying around the problem, but Students for Carbon Dividends is rallying around the solution.”


Several references to the impact of economists who signed a national letter in support of carbon fee and dividend as most effective piece of solution. (8 profs from CMU signed—important follow up)


VII.  Next meeting: November 14, 20197:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.


Present:  Marie and Pete Koper, Dawn and Fred Sprague, Cil Lorand, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Jackie Ovait,  Ruth and Ed Helwig, Ann Kowaleski, Eric Torgerson. Theresa Homsi, Maddie Thomas, Riley Lanfear, Matt Mertz


Your support and actions are critical to the progress we’ve made (66 sponsors on the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act) and the groundwork we’re laying for its passage.

October 2019 Speaker

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