MPCCL May 12, 2021 Meeting

Mt Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby Minutes
May 12, 2021 Zoom Meeting

Worried Congress won’t act fast enough on climate?
Act now to persuade them.

Present: Dawn Sprague, Cil and John Lorand, Gisela and Tom Moffit, Eric Torgersen, Ann Kowaleski, Nicola Philpott, Jacqui Pridgeon, Don Smith, Ann and Curt Jensen, Pat Heitman.

ANNOUNCEMENTS and ACTIONS: The Time is Now—Now More than Ever.

  1. The Push for a Price on Carbon: CCL’s June 2021 Virtual Conference, June 12-13–Registration More than 1200 already registered. New, easier to navigate conference platform.
  2. May 19-Email Congress Day—Take Action Day
    It’s an opportunity to send a mass emailing to our legislators to make them aware of what their constituents want.
  3. MCC–Monthly Calling Campaign – Nicola P. –Traverse City CCL
    Nicola encouraged us to participate in the monthly calling campaign to provide a daily drumbeat of support for the HR 2307 energy bill. Reach out to others to join you in making the calls.
  4. Utilize CCL Community to access members only features like Action Tracker, Current CCL News, Your Action Teams, webinars, tools etc. https://community.citizensclimate.org/dashboard
    If you’ve lost your password, just use “Forgot Password” and set another one! Marie encouraged everybody to make use of the Action Tracker (enter all your actions there including monthly meetings). Gisela will do the latter for the months of Jan. to May for all who had been present
  5. Share with friends and family via Facebook or email: The Energy Innovation Act Reintroduction video

I. Sharing climate news:

A. The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 2307, was reintroduced the first of April and has 36 57 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. The link above is very informative and user friendly, but NAMS encompasses the four basic talking points:

When talking about the newly reintroduced Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R.2307, we want to stay focused as much as possible on our tested high-level messaging because listeners are more likely to care if we tell them the kitchen table benefits instead of how it works. To make it easy to remember our four talking points, think NAMS – Net zero, Affordable, Money in your pocket and Saves lives.

The four talking points
Net Zero by 2050 – This policy will reduce America’s carbon pollution 50% by 2030, putting us on track to reach net zero by 2050.

Affordable Clean Energy – America leads the world with technology innovation. With this policy, the government sets the direction, and businesses respond in order to provide abundant, affordable and reliable clean energy. This clean energy innovation will drive us faster toward net zero carbon pollution.

Puts Money in your Pocket – This policy is affordable for ordinary Americans because it puts money in your pocket. The money collected from the fee is given as a monthly dividend, or “carbon cash back” payment, to every American to spend with no restrictions. Most low-and middle-income Americans will come out financially ahead or break even.

Saves Lives – This policy will improve health and save 4.5 million American lives over the next 50 years by reducing the pollution which Americans breathe. Poor air quality is responsible for as many as 1 in 10 American deaths today and sickens thousands more.
(data sources are available at energyinnovationact.org/data-sources)

II. May video speaker—Andre Jimenez, Executive Director of Green2.0, an organization dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices being heard at the table when it comes to environmental justice. Before joining Green2.0, Andres was Senior Director of Government Affairs for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Before that, he was Associate Director of Government Relations at Ocean Conservancy. He has also worked on the Hill in the offices of Rep. Linda Sanchez and Rep. Howard Berman. Due to time constraints, members were asked to watch the video at their own time at home.

III. Treasurer’s Report: $ 891.65

IV. Old Business

A. MPHS Student Petition; Gabe Fanning submitted the resolution for the School Board to his government teacher for distribution to the students. 40 people have signed it. He may ask Liz Busch, Secretary at Mt. Pleasant HS, to announce his petition on the PA system and get it in the newsletter.

If you want to add your name to MPCCL’s letter of support to take to the School Board, contact Ann Kowaleski: 989-824-8205.

B. Tabling at Mt. P. Farmers’ Market—Tom Moffit will call to find out if they have now changed their tabling policy to allow it this summer.

C. 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 – very successful exchange of information, ideas and support. This was a follow-up to the excellent program, Restoring Our Earth, sponsored by the Michigan CCL/CCE (Traverse City volunteers) a few days earlier.
a. Regenerative Ag in the Middle of the Mitten
b. Restoring Our Earth: Regenerative Agriculture Forum

V. New Business

A. June virtual lobby meeting planning—new MI04 team member, Dale Sands, conservative, international expertise in guiding businesses to adapt to climate risk

B. Local follow up to Regenerative Ag in the Middle of the Mitten—Engineer and regenerative farmer Aron Beuchler wants to share ideas.

C. Ad hoc City Commission Resolution team; Big push by CCL nationally—Are you interested in working to persuade your local city or township governing body to endorse climate actions like a price on carbon or energy saving practices? Contact Marie for support and resources.

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

Next meeting: June 17, 2021—6:45-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

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