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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, 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 in 1997. In 2006, she co-founded, 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



Save money at both with Early Bird Registrations!

April 7, 2018, Mt. Pleasant, MI:

Citizens’ Climate Lobby–Michigan Conference

Register Here


Join Michigan Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) volunteers for our 2nd annual conference at Mid-Michigan Community College’s Mt. Pleasant campus. All are welcome! People new to CCL are invited to attend a Climate Advocate Training during the morning. See our registration page for the full agenda:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julie Doll, “Michigan Farmers and Climate Change: Stories from the Field”

Dr. Doll is the Education & Outreach Coordinator at Kellogg Biological Station and has done research on communicating about climate change with farmers.

For more information, please contact Leah Gillon, 734-604-8923,

June 10-12, 2018, Washington D.C.

9th Annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day


Everyone from brand new CCL volunteers to seasoned citizen lobbyists will receive special training on how to communicate about climate change and climate solutions. You’ll also hear from inspiring speakers and meet fellow volunteers from across the country who are dedicated to this issue. For those who are interested, you can put your new training into practice at the Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 12, where you can meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Registration and Information Here

For more information, please contact Marie Koper, 989-944-5858,



Fab February Meeting

Check out the opportunities to learn and make a difference for the climate at the February meeting of Mt. Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Saturday, February 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at Isabella County Commission on Aging, 2200 S. Lincoln Rd. (behind the church).

  1. For bipartisan skeptics: Our February video speaker is Celia Paris, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Loyola University. She argues that the desire for a more Madisonian approach to politics remains alive and well in the American public and that citizens value accomplishment, bipartisanship and civility.
  2. CCL will be launching an exciting new awareness-raising video called Undo Your Part for people who have not taken action on climate because the problem feels overwhelming and hopeless to them. Bring your tablet or laptop to the meeting. We’ll launch it together!
  3. P. CCL is busy this spring with a movie on climate & the military, art shows, migratory bird displays, the CCL state conference (April 7 in Mt. P.!) and more. Find the project that rocks your boat! Watch for details. Better yet, help plan them!
  4. Interested in meeting with members of Congress or their staff? We’ll be planning for an in-district spring meeting. Lobby team members should all have completed online lobby training in CCL Community. It’s not hard; we just all need to be on the same page.

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​.​

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.

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:

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.

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.

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 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.


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 with your suggestions.