MPCCL March 18, 2021 Meeting

MPCCL  Minutes

March 18, 2021– Zoom Meeting

Present: Marie and Pete Koper, Chris Cotton, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Ann Kowaleski, Eric Torgerson, Don Smith, Cil and John Lorand, Gary Kramer, Fred and Dawn Sprague, Robert and Gabe Fanning, Jacqui Pridgeon

I. March Video Speaker—Jennifer Burney, Associate Professor, Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair of Climate Policy and Research at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change. She designs, implements, and evaluates technologies for poverty alleviation and agricultural adaptation.  

II. Updates from CCL (Danny Richter):

A. Various Climate Change proposals have or will be introduced in the Senate and House.  CCL favors those that include carbon pricing (see VI, B below).  We need to contact our legislators to support such proposals because according to several studies, they are very popular with the public now. In addition, we know that carbon fees and dividends are effective, good for climate, people and the economy. 

B. CCL will have various fundraisers.  A new one: If you want to be a monthly contributor, your donation will be matched 3:1 for the first 3 months

C. Continue writing letters to the editor, especially around Earth Day (April 22, 2021)

III.      Treasurer’s Report (John Lorand):  $ 891.65   Thanks to 2 new donations.

IV.       Old Business

A. Share Dr. Katharine Hayhoe’s Christian and scientific presentation with churches

B. Reports from our Five Levers teams

1. Chapater Development and Grassroots

2. Monthly Calling Campaign

3. Idea to show Kiss the Ground on regenerative agriculture to area farmers  (various options were discussed. Location with Internet access and big screen will be followed up; Don will contact Chippewa Township Hall; film showing tabled until the fall)

4.  MPCCL Presentation for CMU’s Mary Elllen Brandell’s new Engage: Central for increasing students’ civic participation (Marie represented our local chapter and shared information on our activities and welcomed students to get involved).

5. Grasstops : Gabe will distribute student petitions in his HS class(es) in support of carbon pricing and dividend legislation.  The goal is to submit them to the School Board in order to get support of climate action.  The text has yet to be determined.  

V.  New Business

A. Ad hoc City Commission Resolution team

B. Ad hoc Business Engagement team to build Chamber of Commerce interest via interested businesses

C. MPCCL Presentation to MPA League of Women Voters—April 8

D. Other – Earth Day activity etc.

E. See attached file for support and resources

a. Subscribe to be a monthly Evergreen Donor!

b. Social media bonus action: Share our fundraiser video

c. Go big on media this month and next

d. Go big on businesses and invite them to our biz conference

e. Communication exercise: Practice quoting a trusted messenger on carbon pricing

F. What action will you take in the next month? Committing makes it happen!

VI.      Resources

A. Check out https://www.facebook.com/Mt.PleasantCitizensClimateLobby regularly to see articles that Marie posts to keep us up to date on the many changes going on now! You don’t need a Facebook account to check ours.

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

Next meeting: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:45 p.m. for update video: meeting: 7:00-         8:30 p.m. on Zoom

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