Follow-up to February 7th “A Carbon Price is Right” panel

Our previous post was to let everyone know about “A Carbon Price is Right” panel discussion that the Ann Arbor chapter of CCL co-sponsored on February 7th.  We’re thrilled to report that there was a standing-room only crowd with superb presentations and astute questions from the audience.

For those who were unable to join us, we’d like to provide a link to the YouTube video of the event.   We’re also including a transcript of the event, along with more information about the panelists and materials for further study of carbon pricing, climate science and the impact on health of climate change.

Full Transcript

Shortened Transcript

Panelist bios

Handout of relevant resources

Call Congress November 8

On Tuesday, November 14, 500+ CCL volunteers from all across the U.S. will be on Capitol Hill asking Congress to support Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation, a simple, fair and effective national policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

YOU can help amplify our message and demonstrate that the public wants #ClimateAction by calling Congress on Wednesday, November 8. Use this website http://cclusa.org/callcongress to get a sample script, phone numbers and log your calls.  RSVP on our Facebook page, or sign up to get text alerts if you want to get a reminder!

Already know your Senators’ and Representative’s phone number?  You can use this sample script:

I’m a constituent and I’m calling about climate change. Would you like my address to confirm I’m a constituent? I want Senator / Representative _____________ to enact Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s carbon fee and dividend proposal. Congress should be moving strongly forward on solving the climate problem, rather than pulling back. This is a very important issue to me because…..[INSERT YOUR REASON]

Thank you for taking my call.

Feel free to use your own message, but please always be respectful.

Let us know how your calls went by sending email to annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org

Thanks for your help!

UM Art Students Create Climate Change Posters

In Winter 2017, University of Michigan students in Catherine VanVoorhis’ Drawing II class viewed the film, Before the Flood, a documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. In this film, DiCaprio travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.

The students then did further research about an issue that is featured in the film, and created posters to help others become aware of worldwide problems and possible solutions.

Here are some of the original poster designs that they created.  A selection of these posters are on display in the University of Michigan Union (530 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) until October 30, 2017.

Ann Arbor City Council Unanimously Supports Carbon Fee Dividend Legislation

Tom Stedman

During their meeting on August 21st, 2017 the Ann Arbor City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting carbon fee and dividend (CFD) legislation. The passing of this resolution represents positive momentum for Citizen’s Climate Lobby whose primary goal is to pass CFD legislation on a federal level. It is also representative of the political power that organized and active citizens hold in a democracy. This is more than just a symbolic victory as the city will take action to advocate for CFD legislation. The resolution will be sent to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to propose CFD as a viable piece of legislation to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Council Members Chip Smith (D-Ward 5) and Jason Frenzel (D-Ward 1) sponsored the bill and both offered comments expressing their support for this resolution. Frenzel clarified that the resolution is nonbinding and serves primarily as a catalyst to encourage action on both the state and federal levels. He further commented that the resolution was “well liked in business” due to its clear language and lack of ambiguity regarding the fees. Ann Arbor joins a list of around 50 other U.S. cities such as Philadelphia, Portland, and San Francisco in supporting CFD policy. Councilwoman Kailasapathy (D-Ward 1) agreed with the resolution but had a concern over the lack of “action items”. As a result, Councilman Eaton (D-Ward 4) proposed language that included the suggestion from Kailasapathy for sending the resolution to Dingell, Stabenow and Peters, plus language directing the city to come up with a plan for how to advocate for CFD and work to get the plan enacted. This amended version of the resolution was the one passed by City Council.

Although the primary goal remains federal enactment of CFD legislation, the passing of this resolution is a testament to the hard work of CCL and community members to offer pragmatic, bipartisan solutions for monetizing environmental damage caused by fossil fuel consumption.

Huron River Day Tabling

We had beautiful weather and a great turnout for Huron River Day on July 9!

Check out all of these photos which show why CCL is working so hard to solve climate change — there are so many things we love and need to protect.

Ann Arbor CCL is hosting a Solar Power Hour

Want affordable solar?

Want to know more about Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan?

Please join the Ann Arbor Citizens’ Climate Lobby as we host representatives from the City of Ann Arbor for a special information session. We’ll hear about the City’s “A2 Solar Club”, a campaign to incentivize solar installations in Washtenaw County by simplifying the process and offering a low price guarantee. We’ll also learn about the City’s Climate Action Plan goals and what actions the City is taking to meet those goals. Join us to learn more about what our local government is doing to act on climate.

The presentation will be on Thursday, August 10, 7:00 – 8:00pm in the basement meeting room of the Ann Arbor Public Library (343 S 5th Ave).

Hope to see you there!

Bipartisan climate caucus is small step to restoring sanity, civility in politics

By Mark Reynolds

They’re shooting congressmen now. That’s the level of insanity we’ve finally reached in our toxic political environment.

Our nation prays for the recovery of Rep. Steve Scalise — still in critical condition with life-threatening injuries as of this writing – as well as the others injured in a hail of gunfire from deranged shooter James Hodgkinson, who was reported to be a supporter of former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Sanders went to the floor of the Senate to say, “I am sickened by this despicable act, and let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

Unfortunately, Sanders’ words will not stop the war between our ideological tribes. They won’t stop some people from exploiting this tragedy for political purposes. After a brief respite from partisan bickering in which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Paul Ryan made impassioned speeches on the House floor, most Americans expect Congress will return to business as usual. These days, business as usual means savage attacks in which each side depicts the other as evil.

That’s a shame, because as horrible as this incident was, it should provide us with the opportunity for serious introspection. It should shock us into acknowledging that the current public discourse is unsustainable and bad for our nation. It should make us realize that in order to solve the big problems our country faces we must start listening to each other rather than demonizing each other.

The first small steps toward adopting that attitude are now being taken with the issue of climate change, perhaps the most toxic topic in America today. One day after the shooting, South Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Sanford was asked on MSNBC’s Morning Joe how we could return to civility. This is what he said:

“We’ve got to find a way to dial this back. I would give an example of people trying to do that in a small way. There’s a Climate Solutions Caucus here in the Congress, and what they’ve said is that for every Democrat that goes on, you can’t get on unless there’s a Republican that goes with you. And I think there probably ought to be a little more pairing, whether it’s in a caucus form or whether it’s in legislative form here in Washington, and I think people are going to be looking for ways to do just that.”

The Climate Solutions Caucus was started by Republican Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Ted Deutch, both of whom represent coastal Florida districts that have become ground zero – literally – for rising sea levels. It’s predicated on a simple idea: We know our nation is facing big problems with climate change, so let’s have members of Congress from both sides of the aisle come together, listen to one another, and find the common ground to introduce and enact effective solutions.

It’s an approach that many members of Congress appear to be hungry for. Since the start of the year, the caucus has tripled in size to 42 members with equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats. Following meetings that 1,000 climate advocates recently had with 500 House and Senate offices, that number will soon reach 50 and continue to climb throughout the year.

Pennsylvania Republican Brian Fitzpatrick, a member of the caucus who recently received the 2017 Climate Leadership Award from Citizens’ Climate Lobby, said, “We need to get beyond this Hatfields versus McCoys brand of politics.”

He’s right. We have to end this feud, because it’s a war where people are now being shot.

Mark Reynolds is executive director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-partisan advocacy group working to preserve a stable climate.

Tabling at the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival

CCL volunteers had a lot of fun tabling at the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival at Leslie Science and Nature Center on April 23!  Like last year, we asked participants to respond to one of two statements, “One thing I love on Earth is…” or “We must act on climate change because…”  Here are all of the terrific responses.

Statewide CCL Meeting on April 8

Please join us for a statewide CCL meeting on April 8 in East Lansing!

This day-long event is open to anyone interested in furthering national climate change policies, whether you are a seasoned CCL volunteer or have no experience at all with CCL.  Register for the meeting here.

Our Climate Advocate Training takes place from 9:00am – noon.  This FREE workshop teaches the background, philosophy and methodology of CCL, and the details of our Carbon Fee and Dividend (CFD) proposal.  You will learn why CFD is a simple, fair and effective climate change solution and what makes it politically feasible.  The workshop will prepare you to be an effective citizen lobbyist.  Sign up here.

Keynote by Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Organizer and Spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

The afternoon session begins at noon with lunch and and a keynote presentation by Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Organizer and Spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA). Mr. Meyaard-Schaap will speak about Keeping the Faith: Mobilizing Young Evangelicals Toward Climate Action.

Following lunch, the agenda includes a state planning session and training on levers that build political will for climate solutions such as:

  • Lobbying and Communication Skills
  • Media Relations
  • Grassroots Outreach
  • Grasstops Outreach
  • Chapter Development
The statewide meeting is a great opportunity to:
  • Get training on how to create political will for climate change solutions
  • Meet other volunteers who are passionate about addressing climate change
  • Learn what other CCL chapters are doing and share your ideas
  • Get energized and inspired to take action on climate change

We hope you can join us!  Please register here.  The Climate Advocate Training is free.  The afternoon session, including lunch, is $22 (or $10 for students).  We encourage all Climate Advocate Training participants to stay for the afternoon.

Any questions? Contact annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org.