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November Happenings

1)  Have you invited all of your friends and family to our call in day? We’re just a few days away and we want to log as many calls as we can on Wed., Nov 8th!

RSVP and INVITE 10 friends now before you forget!
#DearCongres #ActOnClimate #ClimateChange #CallCongress

​On November 8th,​ call and ask Congress to ​enact Carbon Fee and Dividend.

​​Visit ​our Call Congress website to: (1) get their phone numbers, (2) see a script of what to say, and (3) log your call​.​ cclusa.org/callcongress

Sign up for CCL Text Alerts to receive reminders about our national actions in support of climate solutions. We’ll send you a reminder to make your calls.
https://citizensclimatelobby.org/text/

C​ongress​ needs to hear from​ us that we want them to take action on climate change. ​

​​On November 14th, hundreds of citizens from across the nation will ​meet with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to ​ask for carbon fee and dividend.

​​To amplify ​the impact of these meetings and help ​to ​move Congress a step closer to​ climate​ legislation​, please call your legislators on Wednesday, November 8th​.
If you don’t get through, you c​an leave a message Wednesday night, or call on ​Thursday.

Time and again we hear from members of Congress that they don’t hear enough from their constituents that climate change matters to them. Calling your Senators and Representative is the first step in building a relationship with your congressional offices and creating the political will needed to ​address climate change.

​More details here: cclusa.org/callcongress

2) Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby meets the second Saturday of the month:

November 11, Veterans Day, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Library, 301 S. University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE!

Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by watching a guest speaker and plan our local actions and outreach to build the will to pass effective climate legislation.

With 60 members now on the equally bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, we are beginning our preparation to assist passing our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal which could be introduced in the foreseeable future. We need to be ready!

Our Veterans Day speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux, USAF (ret.), who served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force before retiring in 2012. His last assignment was Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy in Washington, D.C. He is currently Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at Texzon Technologies, a pioneer in the field of electromagnetic wave propagation, power storage, and electricity distribution.

Gen. Devereaux is also a volunteer with the Asheville chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby where he educates the public about the national security risks of a changing climate.

We hope you’ll come, bring a friend, and learn more about our politely persistent, effective methods that are bringing all parties together for a fair solution to the climate issues facing us all.

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Catching up with October!

Saturday, Oct. 14

CMU Homecoming Parade, 10:00 a.m.-12:00
Meet at Lot 22, from West Campus Drive entrance (north of Towers Dorms). Parade ends at Sacred Heart parking lot, 302 S. Kinney.

Dear Intrepid CCLers,
Re: Parade & meeting, Sat. Oct. 14
I know the weather is supposed to be rainy Saturday for the CMU Homecoming Parade, but since that could be iffy, let’s make a real climate statement in solidarity with all those who have suffered and are still suffering from storms, flooding, and fires. Wear warm clothes with rain gear and bring umbrellas. I think we can wait until start time in the Wesley Foundation.        Let’s show we’re serious about climate.

If you’ve indicated you were going to march and have changed your mind (no judgement), please let me know before 10:00 at 989-944-5858.
Marie

October Meeting at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd., behind the church 😉

As CCL looks to build relationships across race and culture, our October guest is Barbara, Professor Emeritus of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She taught graduate classes on foundations of social justice education, design development and facilitation skills, and on self-awareness for social justice educators and liberation workers.

Sunday, Oct. 22

We’ll be showing and discussing “Merchants of Doubt” with the Gratiot County Dems: 2:00-4:30 p.m., Alma College, Dow Science Bldg.,L1, (behind the Swanson Academic Center, 614 W. Superior Street, Alma. “Merchants of Doubt” the playbook for sowing doubt and misinformation.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

The 21st Century “Clean Energy” Economy: Crossing Traditional Boundaries
Panel Discussion at CMU with Tom Rohrer from CMU’s Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems and representatives from CMS Energy, Apex Clean Energy, and Michigan Energy Innovations & Business Council
6:30-7:30 p.m.
161 Anspach Hall
Light Refreshments

August Happenings

A busy weekend for Mt. Pleasant CCL. Two opportunities, hopefully you can make one or the other, if not both!

Saturday, August 12th–August Monthly Meeting

Note to First timers: Com. on Aging is located BEHIND the church. We’ll be planning our August & September events as well as learning more from this month’s guest speaker:

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Sunday, August 13th–CCL Garden Party

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6:00-8:00 p.m.

608 S. Kinney, Mt. Pleasant, MI

·      Learn about CCL and its effective actions for climate solutions

·      Meet others who share your interest in the climate

·      Enjoy refreshments in Theresa Turner’s lovely garden of native and exotic plants.

·      Free, bring a friend

Thursdays at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market

Stop by and check out our news and information when you come for delicious food.

Island Park Pavilion, park entrance at N. Main and Lincoln St.

We’re usually there 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

June & July 2017

Your message to your members of Congress will be delivered by CCL delegations when they meet with every member of Congress on June 13. Just fill out this online Constituent Comment form. We will print it out to add to the stacks we’re delivering. Please remember the CCL model of respectful communication at all times to help us build a working relationship with Congress.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby International ConferenceJune 11-12 (13), Washington, D.C.

The Lobby Day (June 13th) has filled and registration for lobbying is closed now; however, we encourage you to register for and enjoy the International Conference. A waiting list for the lobby day is available. Potential travel and roommate information is available on CCL Community. Over 1100 registrations have already been received! Still room for you

June 9 Congressional Call-in to demonstrate constituents’ political will for their legislators to pass effective climate legislation prior to our delegation meeting with members of Congress on June 13! CCL’s mantra: “Politicians don’t create political will; they respond to it.” This year we’d like to take the call-in day to new levels.

Imagine that the first thing that the lobby team for your member of Congress hears from staff when their meeting starts is: “We got so many calls in support of carbon fee and dividend on Friday!”  Wouldn’t that be helpful!

We will send a text action alert (sign up here) to everyone signed up to receive them, and an email to every one of our supporters early on 6/9. But it’s your personal outreach that will make the most difference. Set a personal goal: how many calls will your member of Congress get?

To make it easy and to track the number of calls we’re generating, we encourage using the online action tool on CCL’s website that is specifically set up for the June 9th call-in. But you may find it helpful to also request that your  friends let you know when they have called. Report your call with a simple “Called” to mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com. Report your friends’ calls, too!

Saturday, June 10, Mt. Pleasant CCL meeting, Isabella Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd., 4:00-5:30 p.m. Plan summer actions and events; hear Mark Reynolds, CCL Director, report from the pre-conference meetings in Washington, D.C

July Mt. Pleasant CCL Meeting MOVED to July 15, Isabella Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd., 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Wanted:

Venues in Rep. Moolenaar’s district to show Merchants of Doubt over the summer and fall. Have DVD: Will travel!

Groups that would like to schedule a CCL program.

Venues that are available for CCL tabling.

Contact us at mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com with your suggestions.

Summer Announcements

  1. Alma Highland Festival Parade–Saturday, May 27: Citizens’ Climate Lobby needs people of all ages who care about the climate to spread our positive message of a nonpartisan, market-based solution for our changing climate. The Highland Festival Parade is a fun venue with thousands of spectators from around the country, a fabulous opportunity to inform the public!

We have posters to carry or bring your own. Scottish themes/dress a bonus! We’ll have info to hand out as well. Make it a family event! Pets are welcome, too. :-)) Meet at Euclid Field Between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. to line up. Donuts provided!

Numbers are important to make an impression; therefore we need to know we have enough marchers to make a good impression. Let us know  (in one of the ways listed:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPLKXZ5, FB message, or Marie at 989-944-5858) that you’re planning to come (plus others coming with you) & number that we can use to re-confirm with you. We’ll also be sending line-up information and the parade pass. WITHOUT A MINIMUM OF 15, WE’LL CANCEL, AND LET YOU KNOW ON THURSDAY EVENING.

  1. Citizens’ Climate Lobby International ConferenceJune 11-12 (13), Washington, D.C.

The Lobby Day (June 13th) has filled and registration for lobbying is closed now; however, we encourage you to register for and enjoy the International Conference. A waiting list for the lobby day is available. Potential travel and roommate information is available on CCL Community. Over 1100 registrations have already been received! Still room for you!

  1. June 9 Congressional Call-in to demonstrate constituents’ political will for their legislators to pass effective climate legislation prior to our delegation meeting with members of Congress on June 13! CCL’s mantra: “Politicians don’t create political will; they respond to it.” This year we’d like to take the call-in day to new levels.

Imagine that the first thing that the lobby team for your member of Congress hears from staff when their meeting starts is: “We got so many calls in support of carbon fee and dividend on Friday!”  Wouldn’t that be helpful!

We will send a text action alert (sign up here) to everyone signed up to receive them, and an email to every one of our supporters early on 6/9. But it’s your personal outreach that will make the most difference. Set a personal goal: how many calls will your member of Congress get?

To make it easy and to track the number of calls we’re generating, we encourage using the online action tool on CCL’s website that is specifically set up for the June 9th call-in. But you may find it helpful to also request that your  friends let you know when they have called. Report your call with a simple “Called” to mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com. Report your friends’ calls, too!

4. Saturday, June 10, Mt. Pleasant CCL meeting, Isabella Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd., 4:00-5:30 p.m. Plan summer actions and events; hear Mark Reynolds, CCL Director, report from the pre-conference meetings in Washington, D.C

5.  July Mt. Pleasant CCL Meeting MOVED to July 15,Isabella Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd., 4:00-5:30 p.m.

6. Wanted: Venues in Rep. Moolenaar’s district to show Merchants of Doubt over the summer and fall. Have DVD: Will travel!

March & April Events (updates expected)

Mt. Pleasant monthly meeting: Saturday, March 11,

4:00-5:30 p.m. at Commission on Aging,

2200 S. Lincoln Rd.


A great opportunity to learn all about CCL’s effective methods of communicating.

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It’s time to register for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby State Meeting, Saturday, April 8, 9-5, at the Hannah Community Center, in East Lansing. This will be great lobby training and a chance to meet the most motivated group of citizens ever. Free training session in the morning; $22.00 for lunch and afternoon workshops; come for either or both.

We are pleased to announce the addition of a lunch keynote speaker! Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Organizer and Spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) will speak about Keeping the Faith: Mobilizing Young Evangelicals Toward Climate Action. 
 
The state meeting is open to all volunteers, new and experienced. Register here and feel free to invite others who might be interested! And, please consider sharing the event on Facebook. Contact us to carpool: mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.org or 989-944-5858.

Merchants of Doubt, film & discussion

Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Library Annex
301 S. University, Mt. Pleasant
Sponsored by Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby and
League of Women Voters of the Mt. Pleasant Area

 http://sonyclassics.com/merchantsofdoubt/


Midland satellite March for Science

It will start at 3 PM, Saturday, April 22, with a rally at the Carpenter Elementary School gymnasium followed by a march through downtown Midland, across the Tridge, ending at the shelter at Chippewassee Park. Check out their Facebook page!  This will be one of more than 300 satellite marches around the world, in conjunction with the main march in Washington, DC.

 There’s also a March for Science in Lansing, April 22, with Mt. Pleasant folks attending.


Finally, thank you all for your activism. The outpouring of motivated citizens in the last months has been nothing short of miraculous, but it can also be stressful. I have found that activism really is the antidote to despair, but please pace yourselves and try to find ways to make it fun. Saving the world is not easy, or quick, so be sure to take care of yourselves and find reasons to smile. This is a marathon. Wear comfortable shoes.
You are the greatest!

The Climate is Not Waiting 4 Years; Neither Should We

You are invited to Mt. Pleasant Citizen’s Climate Lobby’s January 14th meeting, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Isabella Country Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.  Feel free to bring a friend.

How to be effective in uncertain times:

  1. We meet new and returning members who are motivated to act on their concerns for the impacts of climate change.
  1. We combine our own deep wells of good ideas with CCL’s amazing resources and devise exciting plans to strengthen local concern, facilitate local adoption of sustainability goals, and increase effective communication with lawmakers at all levels.
  1. We act. Action is the antidote to despair. CCL acts respectfully, appreciatively, and relentlessly, not because we’re Pollyannas or naïve, but because we believe that that behavior strengthens everyone’s humanity and leads to more constructive results. 100% of actions not taken end in failure.

If you haven’t already made this call, please treat yourself—any Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-weekly-intro-call/ for a brief history of the group, its methodology, and a chance to ask your questions.

Local questions?

Call Marie, 989-944-5858, or email, mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com

Facebook.com/Mt.PleasantCitizensClimateLobby

MtPleasantCitizensClimateLobby.org