MPCCL January 14, 2021 Meeting

MPCCL Minutes

January 14, 2021– Zoom Meeting

Present:  Marie Koper, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Ann Kowaleski, Eric Torgerson, Don Smith, Cil    and John Lorand, Gary Kramer, Emily Zoets, Dawn Sprague.

New, positive information!Global heating could stabilize if net zero emissions achieved, scientists say, within a couple of decades say Michael Mann and others. Now is the critical window for concerned citizens to make it happen!

I.          January Video SpeakerEconomist Dr. Noah Kaufman, lead author of the 2019 Columbia University assessment of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). The study confirmed the effectiveness of the bill from both an environmental and economic perspective. Dr. Kaufman is Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia, leading research focused on climate change policies. He also teaches a course on Energy Decarbonization. During the Obama administration, he served as the Deputy Associate Director of Energy & Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

II.      Treasurer’s Report (John Lorand): $ 641.65. Received: thanks to Ann and Eric for recent donation. Paid: $275 for membership in Chamber of Commerce. Make out your donation checks to John Lorand; note MPCCL Donation in the memo line; and mail to MPCCL % John Lorand, P.O. Box 1202, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-1202.

III.       Old Business

A. Steering Committee:  Members have been calling Mt. Pleasant CCL members to encourage them to come to our monthly meeting and work on environmental areas of their choice. Responses were positive to MPCCL, but commitments are slow.

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

C.  Member Book Recommendations:  Michael E. Mann.  The New Climate War: The fight to take back the Planet; Robin Wall Kimmerer. Braiding Sweetgrass.

IV.          New Business

A. Five Levers workshop for this region: January 25 

Please join Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers from mid-Michigan (Midland, Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant, and “the Thumb”), new and experienced, for an online workshop about the Five Levers of Political Will, Monday, January 25, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. We’ll review the Five Levers CCL volunteers use to build political will for effective climate solutions: grassroots outreach, media relations, grasstops engagement, lobbying and chapter development.  Then we will have some time for breaking into groups for action planning!  The goal: recharge our chapters and help each volunteer find ways to put their talents and interests to work!   Free registration is required: register here.

B. Prepare for new March Lobby Day, March 22 – 26, Lever 5, contact Marie below

C.  Develop our Chapter Action Plan for 2021 to enact a fee on carbon, co-ordinating our 5 Levers. Which one(s) do you want to work on? Lever activities are examples only.

  1. Chapter Development Lever: Grow your Chapter 

POINT PERSON: MARIE; mkoper5@gmail.com; 989-944-5858

  • Recontact current members; new member outreach
  • Meeting/event planning (movies, presentations, community collaborations)
  • Mentor volunteers with CCL training
  • Recruit conservatives concerned about the climate and environment

2. Grasstops Lever: Engage prominent business and community leaders

POINT PERSON: EMILY; emilyzoet@gmail.com; 616-550-7882

  • Develop relationships with local business community, and educate them 
  • Business toolkit; Chamber event, business conference

3. Media Lever: Uplift voices calling for carbon pricing 

POINT PERSON: ANN and SOCIAL MEDIA PARTNER (yet TBD)

  • Share opportunities for Op-eds; letters to editor
  • Mentor writers
  • Share information on social media 

4. Grassroots Lever: Prepare to Mobilize 

POINT PERSON: JACKIE; jackie.ovaitt@gmail.com; 

  • Enroll people in CCL’s Monthly Calling Campaign 
  • Build constituent support (send emails, phone calls, social media posts, or virtual postcards to your MOCs) 
  • Increase the number of people signed up to receive text action alerts

5. Lobbying Lever: Be strategic 

POINT PERSON: MARIE; mkoper5@gmail.com; 989-944-5858

  • Participate in lobby meetings with MOCs
  • Continue finding and including key constituents
  • Developing MI04 district lobbying materials (data; and relevant businesses and influencers; endorsements with resolutions, personal letters, postcards, and video clips)

A.  What action will you take in the next month? If not you, who? If not now, when?

B. National CCL Actions links

  1. Use this new technique and a new tool to get more done! –The Action Tracker on your Dashboard on Community is a cool thing—put in your actions Check it out! 
  2. Sharpen your MOC strategy and get ready for March lobbying
  3. Social Media Bonus Action: Tweet your MOCs to support bills that include CFD
  4. Talking Points exercise: Practice explaining Climate Policy and Urgency—Why CFD is better than regulations

V.      Other Actions

A.  Watch CCL training webinars on whatever area of CCL interests you or public webinars like: https://carbontracker.org/nyt-netting-zero-webinar-making-2021-the-year-we-break-fossil-fuel-addiction/

B.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/Mt.PleasantCitizensClimateLobby regularly to see articles like this that Marie posts: Federal Reserve joins international banking group focused on fighting climate change. You don’t need a Facebook account to check ours.

VI.     Very useful information to learn from and share

First report by a governmental committee on U.S. financial risks Managing Risks in the U.S. Financial System

Next meeting: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6:45 p.m. for update video: meeting: 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

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