MPCCL December 19 Meeting

Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby

Highlights of the Dec. 19, 2019 meeting

Upcoming events – Opportunities to contribute – Focus on Climate Solutions!

  1. Our job is educating ourselves, our community, the media, and our members of Congress that there is now a bipartisan, market driven bill in the U.S. Congress that will significantly reduce CO2, H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Click here to find resources that empower us to be effective advocates.
  • Mt. Pleasant CCL chapter will join the local Chamber of commerce with new member orientation on Jan. 16, 2020 at 12 p.m. at the Chamber office. Cost is $275 but includes hundreds of dollars of promotion and benefits for the first year.
  • First Conservative Lobby Day: Washington D.C., Feb. 3-4, for conservative CCLers to talk to conservative members of Congress. Travel stipends available. Contact Marie if interested.
  • On Friday, Feb. 7 from 3 – 5 p.m., CMU’s Sustainability Coalition will host a free Environmental Advocacy Conference. Contact Dawn to help table for CCL or attend to gather information and meet like-minded contacts.

Climate Solutions Summit ad hoc committee’s next meeting is Friday, Jan. 13, 9:00 a.m. in the Copeland Suite, Park Library. Additional volunteers are needed. Done well, this becomes an important annual event!

Call Dawn S. at (989) 506-6022 to sign up to volunteer for tabling or events.

 Call Marie K. at (989) 944-5858 with questions, suggestions!

Next MPCCL meeting: January 16, 20197:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.

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Minutes of Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby

Dec. 19, 2019

Present:  Pamela Peach Burke, Chris Cotton, Marie and Pete Koper, Anne Kowaleski, Gary Kramer,  Gisela and Tom Moffit, Carol Rard, Dawn Sprague, Marilyn Thornton, Eric Torgersen, Jackie Ovaitt, and Emily Zoet.

I.  Approval of the November Minutes

II. Treasurer’s Report:  $ 1,196.23; thanks to three generous donations.

III.  Local Actions – personal reports:

  1. Ann K. shared tonight’s speaker info with her priest at Sacred Heart and invited him to come with her. He announced the meeting at two masses. She also invited two friends who came.
  • Marie K. attended class presentations on environment and climate topics in Annette Thornton’s honors class and met with Mayor Will Joseph and Commissioner Kathy Ling to discuss the city’s part in the Climate Solutions Summit.
  • Cil L. started a letter writing group with neighbors which meets twice a month over coffee at Cil’s house.  It is designed to educate our community and elected officials regarding climate issues and solutions.  We recommend others follow her example. It is important and fun, too. Marie will assist while Cil is out of town.

IV. New Business

National speaker — Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services.

Earlier this year, Carolyn Woo spearheaded a dialogue at the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences on “The Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home.” At the conclusion of the event, leaders from the energy sector and the global investment community released a statement saying, “The combination of policies and carbon pricing mechanisms should be designed in a way that simultaneously delivers innovation and investment in low carbon solutions while assisting those who are least able to pay.” Woo, currently a Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University, served as President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services from 2012 to 2016. She was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Foreign Policy as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of “a force for good.”

We are urged to contact leaders of our respective faith communities for conversations about creation care, stewardship, and climate change’s moral and ethical issues. If your faith leader is interested in the topics, contact Marie for additional follow up.

Next meeting: January 16, 2019—7:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.

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