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Highlights of a VERY Informative November Meeting

Kudos to the 16 people who came out on a snowy evening, including four new folks!

Note: All underlined gray words are clickable links to facilitate your access to helpful information.

Exceptionally Informative Call This Month

National Video Call (may have to check later for active link)

anthony-leiserowitz-180X180Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, shared their latest, extensive polling on Americans’ views about climate change and solutions like carbon pricing on maps searchable by state, district, and county. Yale Opinion Poll maps.

Some Important Highlights

More people are alarmed (21%) or concerned (30%) about climate change now then since 2008. That is 26-27 million who could join a campaign for climate action. Contrasted with only 9% who are dismissive (deniers etc.), but extremely vocal. Similar to NRA’s membership of 4 million, another very loud group that demonstrates the power of even small, but dedicated, groups to control the public square on an issue. Americans are now more divided on climate change than abortion.

42% said that they were not engaged because nobody asked them. Obviously we need to reach out and invite them! We ask you to become engaged yourself and bring a friend to the Next Meeting: December 13, Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd.  Everyone is asked to bring a guest to double our attendance! Meeting with expert video speaker is 7:00-8:30 p.m. Come early, 6:45 p.m. for Meet & Greet with Munchies!

Only 52% know that climate change is human caused not natural. Important to educate; otherwise there’s not enough perceived need to pass legislation to reduce emissions fast enough.

Only 22% hear about global warming in the media at least once a week, so we need increase coverage, via letters to the editor, op-ed columns, phone calls, public events, public service announcements on radio and TV, social media sharing, and talking regularly with our friends, family and community. CCL teaches how to do it without arguments! Much more effective 🙂

Take away? We climate advocates need to step up! The IPCC Special Report says we now have 12 years to reduce our emissions to keep the world’s temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. It’s already up 1 degree with obvious impacts. But it can be done—they note a carbon tax and political will are necessary. CCL’s focus!

And here’s why we can do it: Sam Daley Harris video—7 minute video, founder of RESULTS whose methodology was so successful with hunger legislation that CCL founder adopted it, explains how he went from hopeless to changemaker as can we: ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things while Reclaiming Our Democracy. Start at 2:35 minutes to save time; it cuts out after 7 minutes, but you get the idea! We can do this.

New Business Actions

From a list of options, we decided to start with the following:

Relating climate change to Rep. Moolenaar’s policy issues and how to talk to him about them. Marie K. and Don S. will be in charge, following up on recent meetings in district & in Washington. Pete Koper will schedule a meeting in Midland with aide (important gatekeepers) to discuss Carbon Fee & Dividend. Several others expressed interest in joining him.

Tom M. will contact the Public Broadcasting Media (radio and TV) at CMU to ask them to include Katharine Hayhoe’s “Global Weirding” on TV and Yale Climate Connections (radio) which are short free spots. He may approach Mac TV as well.

We will continue to explore opportunities to show relevant movies, esp. on campus and outside of Mt. Pleasant. Ex:  Merchants of DoubtThe BurdenTidewaterSaving SnowChasing IceChasing Coraletc. Anyone knowing of any group that would like to view one or more, contact Marie or Dawn.

Pete K. will explore inviting a speaker to talk about the effects of climate changes on birds for a public program with Chippewa Watershed Conservancy and local Audubon.

Ann K. and Eric T. volunteered to write responses to The Morning Sun and Alyssa R to one in CM-Life.

Marie K. will continue to reach out to higher ed faculty and student groups as well as business sectors. Help invited!

Congressional Education Day (Nov. 13) Highlights

Over 600 CCL members met with legislators in Washington to summarize 500 Congressional visits in June to help set the next session’s priorities on climate. Our delegation had an excellent meeting in D.C. with Rep. Moolenaar and staff. You can benefit from conference training and informational sessions here.

Treasurer’s Report

John L. reported $ 839.05 in our bank account.

Marie thanked donors for their generous donations which have enabled members to focus their time on MPCCL’s work instead of fundraising. CCL national will be sending out their semiannual fundraising appeal that provides more than 490 volunteer chapters with expert support and training. National donations are tax deductible.

For local donations, which are not tax deductible, Make checks to: Marie Koper; For: MPCCL; Send to: Marie Koper/MPCCL; P.O. Box 1202; Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-1202

Announcements

Marie and Don had a very good meeting with Rep. Moolenaar’s Midland aide on Tuesday when they dropped off cookies as per CCL’s appreciation action last month!

Go to https://www.facebook.com/Mt.PleasantCitizensClimateLobby/ to see our regular, relevant posts. You don’t need your own Facebook page to go there. If you have your own page, please “Like” and “Share” regularly to spread the information!

Remember to click on the Take Action tab on CCL’s homepage to find quick links to contacting members of Congress, finding speaker archives, etc.–all public.

Present

Dawn Sprague, Curt Jensen, Pete and Marie Koper, Ann Kowaleski, Eric Torgersen, Gary Kramer, John and Cil Lorand, Matt Mertz, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Alyssa Ramirez, Will Joseph, Don Smith, and Mary Bentley.

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MPCCL November Meeting

Your concern and input has never been more important. It’s clear “business as usual” is not going to solve the problem, but focused engagement can.

In case you missed it, the October 7, 2018 IPCC Special Report found that the climate is changing more rapidly than projected three years ago before the Paris Climate Accord. So fast in fact that the scientists say we have 12 years to reduce CO2 emissions significantly enough to keep the earth’s temperature to a 1.5 degrees Celsius increase. That’s to avoid much, much worse damage and disruption than the current .8 C increase is already causing. DO NOT DESPAIR. ACT.

With that deadline and the election over, we’ll be charting our course for the next several months at our next meeting, Thursday, November 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m. We meet at the Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Road (behind the church). Even if you’ve never been able to attend a meeting, we value your input as a thoughtful citizen.

Agenda items to be discussed at the meeting. If you can’t make it, we still very much want your input as valuable community information. Call or text Marie at 989-944-5858; or send your feedback to mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com.
1. Holiday or seasonally themed climate outreach at local events or our own

2. Relating climate to Rep. Moolenaar’s policy issues and how to talk to him about them

3. A movie series (or less) for documentaries like Merchants of Doubt, The Burden, Tidewater, Saving Snow, Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral,

4. Having panel presentations for different business sectors or interest groups: agriculture, insurance, renewable energy, higher ed, technology, health etc.

5. Media teams for newspapers, TV, radio, and social media

6. Marketing approaches for solution(s)

7. Fundraising for MPCCL and national CCL

8. Reaching out to CMU and Mid-Mich students and faculty

9. Presentations to service organizations, faith communities, schools, classes, interest groups, veterans groups, neighbors in a living room!

10. Public events using art and/or music

11. Area workshops to train volunteers in communication, media, tabling, other outreach

12. Your ideas……..

anthony-leiserowitz-180X180This month’s video speaker is Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication who will share the results of Yale’s ongoing polling on the public’s understanding of the climate issues and how we can use the information.

MPCCL October Meeting

New IPCC report: Bad news/Good news

We have a 12-year deadline to limit greenhouse gases/A price on carbon and political will are necessary to do that—Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers are uniquely trained to lead the way.

Learn how.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Isabella County Commission on Aging
2200 S. Lincoln Rd. (behind church)

1) Smart, fun ways to get the word out in the district and to Washington.

2) Even if Democrats take the House in November, legislation to price carbon will need to be bipartisan, and that leads us to this month’s video conversation with former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL), an early member of the Climate Solutions Caucus and co-sponsor of the Gibson (Republican) Climate Resolution.

MPCCL Meeting: July 19

Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will meet Thursday, July 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Library Annex, 201 S. University, to educate ourselves by listening to a guest video speaker, plan our local outreach, and take action!
Adele Morris.jpg
With members of Congress now beginning to discuss a price on carbon, long CCL’s goal, it is no accident that our July speaker is Adele Morris. Since economists are almost unanimous in agreeing that a national price on carbon is needed to address carbon emissions effectively and efficiently, this is an opportunity to learn from a highly respected expert so that we can share the information with our fellow citizens.

Morris is a senior fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. She is a leading global expert on the design of carbon pricing policies. Before joining Brookings in July 2008, she worked with the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the U.S. Congress, where she advised members and staff on economic, energy, and environmental policy.

The public is always invited.  Newcomers are invited to come early to get acquainted. Snacks and fellowship free!

“Growing Support for Bipartisan Climate Solutions”

If you missed Marie Koper’s guest column in the Morning Sun, July 13, you can read it here. Cil Lorand wrote a brief letter to the editor in support that appeared July 18. Please keep the ball rolling by sending in your short, respectful letter as well!

CWC Guest Speaker Series: Peter Sinclair

July 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Veterans Memorial Library Annex, 301 S. University, Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant CCL has also sponsored Peter Sinclair. His presentations are always informative and up to date. Come find out the latest developments!

 

The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy Guest Speaker Series is a monthly presentation about topics ranging from environmental conservation to outdoor recreation and everything in between. July’s presentation will feature acclaimed filmmaker and environmentalist Pete Sinclair who will talk about renewable energy developments in Michigan with a focus in the Central Michigan region.

Mr. Sinclair is a videographer specializing in issues of Climate Change and renewable energy solutions. He produces the video series “This is Not Cool”, for Yale Climate Connections.
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/author/psinclair/

Mr. Sinclair is also Media Director of The Dark Snow Project, a crowd-funded science and communication effort focusing on the Greenland Ice Sheet and Sea Level rise. More information
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jul/24/dark-snow-soot-accelerating-greenland-ice-melt.

A frequent speaker, Mr. Sinclair has brought his rich multi-media presentation to schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout Michigan and around the world, as well as communication workshops for scientists at American Geophysical Union gatherings in San Francisco and Colorado.

Mr. Sinclair was recently named 2017 “Friend of the Planet” by the National Center for Science Education.
https://ncse.com/blog/2017/03/peter-sinclair-most-important-videographer-planet-0018502.

 

Highlights from MPCCL June Meeting

CCL Conference Report from Marie and Peter (Koper)[Conference pictures.]

            “Pete met with three offices, and Marie met with two. She had to withdraw from a third one that ended up conflicting with the one with Rep. Moolenaar. It was a positive sign that his scheduler was working hard through Monday with a lot of changes in his schedule to get us a meeting with him. He was a few minutes late getting back to the office from the airport, but he was very focused and engaged with the question of support for Carbon Fee and Dividend.

            “He said he preferred policies to address specific problems …..Primarily that was to have a specific bill introduced that could be discussed publicly and in committees. He also said he wanted to hear from knowledgeable people of integrity that he thinks are honest in their assessments. He mentioned a couple of names, one a representative from Louisiana and the other a Dow scientist. This gives us an opportunity to return with the results of those and other conversations.

            “Overall the report is very encouraging. CCL told us that a group of Republican representatives had started hashing out a carbon fee and dividend type bill, but ran out of time before campaign season started in earnest. The CCL strategy for all of us is not to make climate a wedge issue that further polarizes the Parties, but a bridge to bipartisanship.

            “Many CCL-ers reported that the young staff members they talked to across the board were knowledgeable about the issue, and emphasized our group is doing all the right things. One that Marie talked to said, ‘The tide is changing.’ At the Tuesday night reception, two more Republican members of Congress were announced as members of the Climate Solutions Caucus.

            “Take heart, fellow CCL advocates, our methods are working in Congress. Let’s get our ground game ready to run with the ball when the bill drops.”

National Call:We listened to the June video speaker, Nathaniel Stinnett, founder and executive director of Environmental Voter Project. Their mission is to identify the large number of citizens concerned about environmental issues who are staying home on Election Day, and turn them into active voters. That way, politicians from both parties will have many more voters who care about the soil, the ocean, the air, and the whole natural world evaluating their positions and urging solutions.

            Mr. Stinnett’s talk was clearly presented, well thought out, and persuasive. Among his main points were:

(a) Fewer environmental voters vote than those of other blocs;

(b) Likely voters don’t prioritize Climate Change or the Environment;

(c) Whether one votes is public record;

(d) Peer pressure works.

Discussion ensued, during which (a) remained puzzling. But the program of persuading eligible voters who prioritize the environment to vote met with strong approval, and most if not all present wanted to pursue it. We can start by recommending the link to environmental nonvoters we know.

Highlights from Mt. Pleasant CCL meeting,  May 12, 2018

Date/Time Change for meeting:

Since meetings on weekends are not convenient for many, we will try week night meetings during the summer. June Meeting: THURSDAY, June 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Isabella County Commission on Aging. 

International CCL Conference, June 10 – 12 in Washington D.C:

CCL has topped 100,000 supporters; June conference should top last years’ 1300 attendees, including 123 conservatives and 116 students so far for this conference.  Marie and Pete Koper and Forest Gehring, a graduating senior from Mt. Pleasant HS., Jim and Jill Crissman from Midland, and a couple from north of Lansing will be constituents meeting with Rep. Moolenaar or his staff. You can increase your member of Congress’s and their staff’s attention to our policy by organizing everyone you know to call their Representative and Senators on Wednesday, June 6th, in support of carbon fee and dividend.  To make it easy and to track the number of calls we’re generating, we encourage using the online action tool – cclusa.org/call – that is specifically set up for the June 6th Call-in. It will also provide office numbers and suggested topic.

Parachutes for the Planet.  A Mother Earth Project (MEP).

MEP chose parachutes because as safety nets, they are a good metaphor for the process of saving the environment. “[W]hen . . . collectively displayed in large numbers, they transform into powerful messages of strength, hope and communal determination.”

We’re inviting groups and individuals to make “parachutes” (decorated cloth circles, max. 12 ft. diameter) which will be displayed locally and then at national exhibitions in Washington, D.C. But remember to send them to MPCCL so we can display them in Mt. Pleasant first! (Sorry, due to technical difficulties, i.e. lack of knowledge (volunteer?), there is no Registration Form to download.) Please see our Facebook page for more details.

To register, please contact Shelly Smith at 989-572-8491 or gowdysmith@gmail.com.

New Conference Input:

In addition to Constituents Comments to share with our Representatives in DC, we will ask Dr. Julie Doll (Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Long-term Ecological Research Project at the Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University) to write a letter summarizing climate impacts on Michigan agriculture.  We will also ask Paul Gross (Isabella County MSU Extension Agent) to share how local farmers have been impacted with problems caused by these changes.  Perhaps some farmers will write statements as well.

Upcoming Events:

Farmers Market:  starts June 7.  We need volunteers to table at Island Park every Thursday.  Contact Dawn at 989-506-6022 to let her know which 2 hour slot you prefer.

Chippewa River Festival on July 15:  We plan to table and offer Parachutes for the Planet as a youth activity as well.  Another volunteer opportunity to make connections with other people!

CCL has prepared a valuable Study Guide (for all volunteers, not just conference attendees) that summarizes important CCL information. You can access it with this link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ffAQo_LNiFRw2aWsJOVLotwNA-n0W_gr6vpuAsiXQhU/edit?usp=sharing

April Climate Events Galore!

Due to Saturday’s icy forecast, we’ll postpone the April meeting until Saturday, April 21, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2202 S. Lincoln Road.

BUT please consider educating and enjoying yourself and friends at the excellent events coming up next week and the days thereafter. I especially recommend Peter Sinclair’s talks:

1) with a 2 NOAA researchers Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., CMU– Pearce Hall 127 on talking about climate

2) “The Case for Renewables” along with Marie & CCL, Monday, April 23, 7:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Library Annex.

Then there are art and bird exhibits, poetry and artists talks—all good ways to share the topic with a friend who may not be following the many impacts of the changing climate. 

Visitors are always welcome to our open meetings. This month we’ll hear highlights from folks who attended the MI CCL conference, sign up for more April events to raise community awareness, and watch Amber Sullivan, TV meteorologist from Phoenix, AZ, on our monthly video call. Check out the events below, some of which are ours. (Note date correction to April 19th for the Speak for the Earth and the Climate Open Mic.)

Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Park Library of Central Michigan University, and Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education and others collaborated on hosting and sharing a calendar and publicity for climate and environmental events. Here’s what’s left. Take a friend or two with you when you check them out.

Climate Change Collaborative ExhibitApril 4-28at Art Reach, 111 E. Broadway, Mt. P.

of Special Concern,April 4 – May 23, Baber Room – CMU Park Library, 250 W. Preston, Mt.P. As we celebrate the tenets of Earth Day, the art of Justin Kellner and Jane Kramer reveals the beauty, while honoring concerns about the preservation and protection of our natural world.

Artists’ Presentationsby Justin Kellner and Jane KramerApril 24, 4:00 pm, Park Library Auditorium followed by reception in Baber Room 

2018: Year of the Bird exhibit, April 4-30, Veterans Memorial Library with photos taken by Chippewa Valley Audubon Club and mounts loaned by Mid Michigan Community College, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and sharing Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report

League of Women Voters general meeting on climate issues–What Individuals Can Do, Tues., April 17, 7:00 pm, Veterans Memorial Library Annex

CMU Earth Week activities

Sunday, April 15: Air
Monday, April 16: Land:
Tuesday, April 17: Water
Wednesday, April 18: Education: Peter Sinclair, Brent Lofgren, and Stephanine Gandulla are speaking on a panel about Climate Change and how to talk about Climate Change at 7 pm in Pearce 127.  Brent Lofgren is a NOAA Researcher focused on climate in the Great Lakes Basin Area. Stephanine Gandulla is a NOAA archaeologist from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary who has attended an extensive training on how to talk about climate change.
Thursday, April 19: Food (Multiple groups, including Citizens’ Climate Lobby, tabling at UC Rotunda 11am-2pm)
Friday, April 20: Shelter
Saturday, April 21: Energy
Sunday, April 22: Collaboration (EARTH DAY!)

Speak for the Earth & the Climate Open Micat Art Reach, Thursday, April 19, 7:00-8:00 pm. Why Do YOU Care about the Earth & Climate?

Word Hammer, CMU student poets and performers of spoken word poetry, in conjunction with Art Reach of Mid Michigan and Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education, invite the university and the community to come together to celebrate the earth and climate that sustain us.

Surrounded by the Climate Change Collaborative Exhibit, Open Mic will be a noncompetitive opportunity, open to all, to share original poems or to read selections of nature writing that express your feelings or viewpoint.

The Sacred Seeds Symposium, Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Ziibiwing Center will be a variety of interesting and fun offerings that will include ceremony, guest speakers and a seed exchange! A screening of the film “SEED: The Untold Story” with Jane Goodall and Winona LaDuke is a movie about the “miraculous and vital” seed…” They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.”

Family Earth Day Drop-In Program Plastic Cap Mosaic at Art Reach of Mid Michigan Sunday, April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm, 111 E. Broadway in downtown Mt. Pleasant. On average, over 22 million pounds of plastic finds its way into our Great Lakes, polluting the water and scarring the natural beauty and wonder of our lake shores. Join us on Earth Day to help create a plastic cap mosaic mural to be displayed in the Idonea Hersee classroom, creating environmentally-friendly art while sparking discussions on other ways we can help keep plastics out of our waters. This event is open to everyone, and no pre-registration is required.

Peter Sinclair will present “The Case for Renewable Energy” with Marie Koper, Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Education, Monday, April 23, Veterans Memorial Library Annex, 7:00 pm

Artists’ Presentations by Justin Kellner and Jane Kramer, “of special concern,” April 24, 4:00 pm, Park Library Auditorium followed by reception in Baber Room

Spring into Action

Most of us have struggled with what to say and how to say it when discussing climate change. CCL continues to provide us with insights this month from our video speaker Joan Blades, MoveOn.org co-founder. Join us Saturday, March 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Road for our monthly meeting.

Joan Blades and her husband Wes Boyd co-founded the political action group MoveOn.org in 1997. In 2006, she co-founded MomsRising.org, dedicated to “bringing millions of people, who all share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America, together as a non-partisan force.” Her latest project, Living Room Conversations, seeks to bridge the political divide in America by encouraging people with differing views to come together for respectful discussions. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions.

We’ll also be launching our ambitious spring outreach activities. The first will be showing The Burden, Friday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. at Hunter’s Ale House, 4855 S. Bluegrass Rd. Please invite anyone concerned about national security, including current or former military personnel, to attend with you!

The State Conference of CCL Chapters will be in Mt. Pleasant, April 7th, at Mid-Michigan Community College. This is your perfect opportunity to meet like-minded folks from all over the state and improve communication and advocacy skills.  Register now for the Early Bird price.

April is packed with climate and environmental art exhibits, presentations, birds & climate display, even an ecopoetry event. Calendar coming soon.

Here’s hoping you will join us to spring into action