MPCCL April 15, 2021 Meeting

Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby Minutes

April 15, 2021 Zoom Meeting

Worried Congress won’t act fast enough on climate? 

 Act now to persuade them.

Regenerative Ag in the Middle of the Mitten—Saturday, May 1, 10:00-11:30 a.m., MPCCL’s collaboration with Isabella County MSU Extension.Please register to learn more about regenerative agriculture to share with others. Its benefits include improving soil health, increasing crop yields, and mitigating climate change and its impacts like flooding and erosion.

The Push for a Price on Carbon: CCL’s June 2021 Virtual Conference, June 12-13

Registration

Present:  Marie Koper, Gary Kramer, Tom and Gisela Moffit, John and Cil Lorand, Don Smith. 

I. Sharing climate news:  

a. The Moffits and Lorands reported on the hearing of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the Growing Risk of Inaction on April 15. There was some agreement across the aisle re. urgency of sponsoring solutions (including Carbon fee), but some Republican members wanted to continue natural gas and coal until newer technologies were able to provide all the energy necessary.  For the very insightful presentation click on https://climatecrisis.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/making-case-climate-action-growing-risks-and-costs-inaction

b. Gary Kramer’s letter to the editor was printed in The Morning Sun as was the press release on our March Lobby meeting which was also printed by the Iosco County News-Herald after Pam Burke submitted it to other district papers.

c. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 2307, was reintroduced the first of April and has 36 co-sponsors already! The EICDA will reduce America’s carbon pollution to Net Zero by 2050 (30% in the first 5 years). It puts a fee on carbon pollution, creating a level playing field for clean energy. The money collected from fossil fuel companies goes to Americans in the form of monthly ‘carbon cash back’ payment so that everyone can afford the transition.

II. April video speaker—Rev. Franklin Ruff, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stillwell, Kansas, and past president of American Baptist Churches of the Central Region. He is also the Red (conservative) Co-Chair of the Braver Angels Kansas City Alliance – was not shown due to technical glitches.  All were asked to watch it at home at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/monthly-speakers/

III. Treasurer’s Report:  $ 891.65

IV. Old Business

A. Restoring Our Earth: Regenerative Agriculture—April 27; Watch the movie Kiss the Ground (Netflix) and/or Living Soil free on YouTube independently before the April 27 Forum. We will want to advertise this.

B. CMU Earth Day— CMU has special programs throughout the week.  Click on https://earthweek.wixsite.com/cmich for details.

C. “I Am Greta”: Click on https://citizensclimatehighered.org/films and scroll down on movies.

D. PBS will show “Greta Thunberg: A Year to Save the Planet”, parts 1 – 3 on Earth Day, April 22 from 8 -11 p.m.

E. MPHS Student Petition; Gabe Fanning submitted the resolution for the School Board to his government teacher for distribution to the students.  Number of student returns not yet available. 

V. New Business

A. Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast—registration deadline, April 20.  Rep. Moolenaar, Roger Hauck, Senator Rick Outman and a Tribal member will speak.

B. Local follow up to Regenerative Ag—May 1. Moderated by Paul Gross, MSU Extension Agent, the panel will include:

a. Dr. Brendan O’Neill, research scientist studying soil systems and terrestrial microbial ecology in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, discussing his research on fields in Isabella County

b. Sarah Fronczak, MSU Extension Environmental Management Educator

c. Aron Buechler, Bay County regenerative farmer

d. Don Buechler, Bay County regenerative farmer

e. Please register to learn more about regenerative agriculture to share with others. Its benefits include improving soil health, increasing crop yields, and mitigating climate change and its impacts like flooding and erosion.

C. Marie will send electronic copies of the poster to Gisela Moffit to send to churches and to Dawn Sprague and Don Smith who volunteered to distribute printed posters around the area.

D. “Biden wants a price on carbon” – read https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063729589

E. Ad hoc City Commission Resolution team, April-May Interested? Big push nationally.

F. Ad hoc Business Engagement team to build Chamber of Commerce interest via interested businesses – any volunteers? Contact Marie: 989-944-5858

G. The Push for a Price on Carbon: CCL’s June 2021 Virtual Conference, June 12-13 & Lobby Day the following week –Registration is available now.  Jerry Taylor, former climate disinformation spinmeister and now thoughtful founder of Niskanen Center will be one of the speakers.

VI. Other

A. Gary Kramer will call the City re. tabling at the Farmers market this summer.

B. Several members did not get their monthly call reminder from CCL.  Gisela Moffit will check into this.

C. Gisela Moffit will add all our monthly group meeting participants from January to April to the CCL ActionTracker.  Members are encouraged to add their own actions outside of the meetings to the Action Tracker on their CCL Community Dashboard where all chapter actions and participants are displayed.

Next meeting: May 13, 2021—6:45-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

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