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.
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.