MPCCL November 19, 2020 Meeting

MPCCL Minutes
November 19, 2020 — Zoom Meeting

Present:  Ann Kowaleski, Eric Torgerson, Marie and Pete Koper, Cil and John Lorand, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Don Smith
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  1. Member Highlights & Spotlights
  2. The EU has announced it is crafting plans to charge fees on imports from countries not having a carbon fee, initially steel, cement, and electricity starting in 2023..
  3. TIAA/Cref is offering investment in funds that are socially responsible.
  4. Marie sent out video links from the Summit Conference on Climate Solutions.  Click here to access all parts of the conference, including the excellent key note speech by Prof. Andy Hoffman.  Check out Laura Coffee from Greentree, our local food Coop at 44:14 / 1:19:01 on the Community Panel.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: $ 866.65

There is fast growing momentum for climate action in 2021. National CCL is gearing up for the big year on Giving Tuesday (See below). Pete suggested asking local climate friends and family to consider donating to MPCCL as well. Donations would allow us to buy ads and defray costs for programs and serious outreach in 2021.  If you would like to support the Mt. Pleasant chapter of CCL or if you know some likely donors, please make checks out to John Lorand (treasurer), put MPCCL Donation in the memo line, and mail them to John at P.O. Box 1202, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-1202


  1. National Video Speaker –Excellent video! Tia Nelson, daughter of Sen. Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. She is Managing Director for the Outrider Foundation, which works to end the threat of nuclear war and reverse the course of global climate change. She shared the lessons she learned from her father and offer perspective on the state of the climate movement based on her many years of working on that issue and the bipartisan coalitions she builds. Ex: Student SunRise movement and Bob Inglis of RepublicEN.

Tia stated that cultural shifts occur only when people display and act on their values. She said that we need to look for “improbable voices” and recruit them as climate messengers.  For example, talking to a well-known football player who will share his commitment to climate change with his friends and fans will be much more successful than outsiders who have no previous relationships with these groups. 

IV.        CCL December Conference, December 5-6, registration is open. Lobby Day (Dec. 7-11) will be separate this year.
Register hereIMPORTANT NOTE:  Scroll all the way past the programs and click on “Technology” under Frequently Asked Questions to see information for linking to sessions.
V.         December Lobby meeting: Let Marie know if you’re interested in planning the meeting with Rep. Moolenaar or being on the team.

  1. Listen below to CCL Election Assessment and Lobby Strategy–Danny Richter, CCL’s V.P. of Government Affairs in D.C.
    1. Nov. 12:,  Q&A
    1. Nov. 19:,  Q&A
  2. Call Congress Day –December 3rd Set a new record before Lobby Day to show constituent support for the Energy Innovation Act and ask for theirs.

Use to Call Congress.  Ask one or more friends to call. If it is your first time, our congressional district is MI 04.

VI.        Old Business
Business Outreach Report

  1. Agreed to renew membership in the Chamber of Commerce ($ 200)
  2. Short, online Energy Savings Business Survey—14 were returned. Can you suggest others?
  3. Business Toolkit under construction. Will be distributed to businesses to provide resources to help businesses and organizations implement more sustainable practices.
  4. Marie to write initial Morning Sun pieces featuring the sustainable energy practices of local businesses and organizations

VII.       Resume Monthly Calling Campaign—easy action if you haven’t signed up yet for your designated day with reminder, office phone numbers, and suggestions

VIII.      National CCL Actions links—includes directions for the following actions!
1. Support our $1 million year-end fundraiser.
2. Make plans for December Lobby Day and Call Congress Day.
3. Social Media Bonus Action: Register for our December Conference and post about it!
4. Communication exercise: Practice asking someone to call Congress to support the bill.

IX.        Very useful information to learn from and share
A.         Climate beliefs and behaviors crunched every which way: https://climatecommun

  1. “The Impact of a Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy [specifically H.R. 763] on the Finances of U.S. Households,” calculated by income, age, etc.
  2. First report by a governmental committee on risks in U.S. financial system Managing Risks in the U.S. Financial System

Next meeting on Zoom: Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6:45 p.m. for jazzy CCL updates video, Meeting: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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