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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

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Exciting Events Coming

Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby
Minutes of Dec. 10, 2016
Commission on Aging

Present: Marie Koper, Cil and John Lorand, Tracy and Tom Crawford, James and Deb Simmons, Nan Nagler, Tom and Gisela Moffit, Fred Sprague, Don Socha, Carol Rard, Paul Rappaert.

I. Introductions: Welcome to Tracy & Tom, James & Deb, Carol, and Paul who are new to our meetings as were Joelle, Steve, and Forester last month, joining our regulars, all ready to make a difference for our climate! Volunteering for CCL: our Christmas gift to the world.

II. Announcements: Critical calls Tuesday and Wednesday for Michigan Clean Energy

In November, after years of work by clean energy advocates in Lansing, the Senate passed bills that would make a modest increase in the renewable standards to 15% by 2021 (with an interim goal of 12.5% by 2019). It is not as much as we need, but it is a step forward. However, these bills (SB 437 and SB 438) also have some serious problems that need to be fixed.

The State House is now taking up the bills and plans to vote before their session ends on December 15. Now is a critical time to contact House members and urge them to support clean energy. You can use the Michigan Climate Action Network link for more information and an email form to contact three key MI House leaders today! Calls are tallied: For Mt. Pleasant, Rep. Cotter: 517-373-1789 or look up your representative here.

III. Updates:

1. CCL has been busy contacting local leaders in business and in the community to sign the Michigan Leader Letter urging legislators to act on climate. Kathy Ling signed the letter on behalf of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission. Three Isabella County Commissioners, David Ling, James Moreno, and Mike Fisher also signed. American Mitsuba, an auto parts company whose headquarters are in Mt. Pleasant, has signed as well. If you know of other leaders we could ask, please let Marie know (989-772-0543).

2. Preliminary planning has just begun for a major, multi-faceted Climate Art Show and Climate Education Exhibit in January or February 2018 (!) in CMU’s Park Library to feature Michigan artists showing climate change art work, research related to climate, and related speakers. Interested in this project? Call Marie.

3. We will show “Merchants of Doubt” several times next year with an unrestricted license provided by Participant Media to CCL chapters. They are also providing us with up to $400 to help with advertising and other related expenses for four or more showings. We can show it in schools, churches, libraries, Clare movie theater, area towns, etc. If you want to show it to your organization, club or group, or help with publicity or arrangements, let Marie know.

IV. “Safe Passage”—Family viewing over break!

Instead of listening to the monthly call, we watched the Dec. 7th episode of the “Years of Living Dangerously.” This episode, “Safe Passage,” focused on reducing carbon emissions with a societal shift to the electric, self-driving cars currently being tested which would provide transportation on call. The other strand of the episode shared CCL’s successful methods of training citizen advocates to reach out to legislators in Washington. The last episode is Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10:00 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel with Sigourney Weaver exploring air pollution and carbon reduction in China and America Ferrera looking at Waukegan, IL’s efforts to shut down their coal plant. Past episodes are available for viewing with a Charter Spectrum account or other options.

V. Next meeting: Should we continue on the second Saturday afternoons, 4:00-5:30 p.m., or switch to another time, like Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m.? Please reply with your feedback as to when you could attend meetings.

RADM. David Titley’s presentations

Rear Admiral David Titley, USN (Ret.), spoke three times in Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 21, 2016. Mt. Pleasant CCL was thrilled to facilitate his coming to town and thanks the sponsorship of Central Michigan University’s Departments of Political Science and Public Administration and Atmospheric Sciences as well as Mid Michigan Community College for their generous support.

Titley CMU video

Titley MMCC video

His radio interview with WCMU’s Ben Thorp.

Join CCL at citizensclimate.org/# to be counted in the national movement. This doesn’t cost anything and gives you access to more information and training. (And no donation spam!) Latest report from CCL is that 2000 people signed up in the week after the election. The antidote to despair is constructive action.

unnamedNovember Conference Call:   Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist

Following a very stressful election season, CCL thought it would be good to hear the calm and reassuring voice of our favorite climate change communicator, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Dr. Hayhoe recently gave CCL a big shoutout at the South by South Lawn climate change discussion at the White House with President Obama and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

You can hear or see the whole video call at the link below. High points:

  • Businesses, cities, and states are forging ahead with clean energy and sustainable practices in spite of federal shortcomings and will continue
  • Scientific progress probably faces the biggest challenge with threats to funding
  • Perhaps the silver lining is that “boil” of growing discontent and social problems has been lanced and can now heal with our careful attention
  • CCL reports triple the number of calls for the informational Wed. call and more web traffic from concerned citizens
  • Check out her excellent new online series of very short videos: Global Weirding, every other Wednesday with live chats following on Thursday.

These calls are key to our personal education and ability to share information. It’s equally important to experience our connection to the international chapters which are filled with people like us.  http://citizensclimatelobby.org/monthly-international-conference-calls/

Current Mt. Pleasant CCL actions:

  1. Recruiting leaders in area businesses, organizations, faith communities, government offices to sign the Michigan Leaders Letter requesting legislative action on climate. This letter with its signatories will be shared by CCL with our national members of Congress. It will be also be shared with Michigan legislators, the governor, and the attorney general by Michigan Climate Action Network. Contact Marie at mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com for more information.
  2. Collecting signed Constituent Comments to deliver to our members of Congress in Washington D.C. You can send out the following Online Constituent Comment form to friends & family via email only-not social media:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3g0VPdwhUCaKr00-seKExK4txvgb8Jlc9R_poLyuu8jFLAQ/viewform
  3. Generating outreach–contact mtp.mi.ccl@gmail.com to help