MPCCL January 16, 2020 Meeting

Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby
Minutes January 16, 2020
Isabella County Commission on Aging

Upcoming Events:

  1. Jan. 29, 5 – 7 pm. “Conversations about Climate”, Powers Ballroom at CMU.  Free, but registration required (includes dinner).  Please RSVP at
  1. Feb. 7 from 3-5 p.m. The Sustainability Coalition, a CMU student group, is sponsoring an Environmental Advocacy Conference.  We will be tabling to acquaint folks with CCL’s advocacy and network with like-minded people.  Please call Gisela (989-772-1602) if you want to help with tabling.
  1. March 21 from 9 – 1:30 p.m. The Central Michigan Climate Solutions Summit, sponsored by CMU and us (Mt. Pleasant CCL) to showcase local initiatives.  We are recruiting individuals, businesses, and organizations that emphasize sustainable practices or use clean energy. Who do you know that you can recommend we contact?  See III, a.
  1. MPCCL has joined the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, which will help us getting to know local business people and increase our media presence (radio, TV, Face Book, etc). We will participate in Chamber breakfasts as well as the monthly Business Afterhours. Next Afterhours is on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Mountain Town. If you are interested in going, let Marie know.
  1. Marie met with Dr. Anthony Chappaz, CMU professor of Geochemistry, who wants to host our February meeting (2/13) on campus to discuss collaboration possibilities. Details TBA.

Remember:  Volunteering for CCL:  Action is the best antidote to despair!

Announcements: a.  The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act now has 75 cosponsors, 1 more since last month; Andy Levin, Dan Kildee, and Brenda Lawrence still only MI reps  

  1.  Strong op-ed in The Hill by Rep. Clarke, vice chair of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, in which she references the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividends Act (it’s in one of the E&C subcommittees for action)
  1. Nearly six in ten (58%) Americans are now either “Alarmed” or “Concerned” about global warming. From 2014 to 2019, the proportion of “Alarmed” nearly tripled—Yale Climate Communication’s Global Warming’s Six Americas Study
  1. “Spotlight”:  Ann K and Don S. suggested the idea of adding a new segment.  At each meeting a member can share a climate tip about how to reduce our carbon footprint through personal life style changes.  At the first Spotlight, Ann K. shared a carbon calculator which is available from the EPA. Don S. shared information that the average US household produces 7.5 tons of CO2 equivalents per year. The Champaign County Forest Preserve District published a very helpful guide on reducing carbon emissions in one’s own household at If you have a good tip or resource to share, please contact Ann K. at
  1. For a quick, but effective action you can do on your own schedule, sign up with CCL’s Monthly Calling Campaign for a convenient monthly reminder to call your members of Congress, climate topics provided. We highly recommend you participate in this campaign to maintain a steady stream of calls about the climate. There is strength in numbers!

Addendum To Minutes

Attendance:  Jan and Chris Cotton, Mary Bentley, Gabe and Robert Fanning, Pat Heitman, Ed Helwig, Anne Jensen, Marie Koper, Ann Kowaleski, Bob Lindahl, Matt Mertz, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Jackie Ovaitt, Jeanne Reese, Don Smith, Fred and Dawn Sprague, Marilyn Thornton, Eric Torgersen

I.  Approval of the December Minutes—emailed

II. Treasurer’s Report: $ 1,455

III. Old Business

  1. CMU Climate Solutions Summit progress report—Dr. Andy Hoffman, UofM Holcim (US) professor of Sustainable Enterprise, CCL’s November video speaker (!), has agreed to be the keynote speaker. Community participants (individuals, businesses, and organizations) are needed to set up tables/posters related to their climate solution related activities (Ex. Jim Hageman’s Trees NOW, MI Solar Solutions, Wilson’s Dairy Farm, etc.) Contact Marie with any names to suggest! CMU faculty and student volunteers are providing their contributions as well as $1,000+ in funding. We have committed up to $200 in cash and some of our free Chamber publicity benefits.
  1. Letter Writing circles – if you want to meet with other people and start such a group, contact Cil L. for information how to start and maintain it.  Call her at 816-824-6877.

IV.   New Business

  1. Suggestion that we offer a discussion group to explore climate topics—Ann K.; if interested, in day or evening group, contact Ann K.,
  1. The Morning Sun suggested we could offer an annual recognition/prizes for an individual, business, organization, school etc. that had done outstanding work toward climate solutions. The MS would run the story with winners and picture.
  2. 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 tech assistance if desired, 989-944-5858.

V.  Next meeting: February 13, 2020—7:00-8:30 p.m., Special on campus meeting TBD, CMU Prof. Anthony Chappaz, hosting

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