Cross Country for Climate Action!

CCL Co-Regional Coordinator Mindy Ahler is riding across the United States, with Ryan Hall. They will travel through 13 states, engaging in climate conversations along the route, and arriving in Washington, DC, on November 13. The following is an excerpt from Minnesota Public Radio’s report on their Low Carbon Crossings ride. Standing in her backyard […]

via MPR Interview on Cross-country Bike-ride —

Such beauty we must preserve

LowCarbon Crossings

​After 13 days on our bicycles, we have reached Missoula, Montana. We traveled 688 miles to finally enjoy a day off the saddle before beginning week 3 of our journey. We passed through beautiful country in Washington along the Colombia River, and in Idaho along the Clearwater and Lochsa River. It will feel great to spend a day off the bicycle, and into the community in Missoula. We are looking forward to events at the Imagine Nation Brewery and Free Cycles. This will begin our more than two week Montana journey.

Near Lolo, MT a year after a wildfire

Climate change has greatly affected Montana from the pine beetle surviving winters and eating acres of forest, to the increasingly more powerful wildfires, to the decade or two that Glacier National Park will have while it still have it’s glaciers. Montana will also face an increase in extreme precipitation events, a…

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2016 Great Lakes Regional Conference

CCL’s dramatic growth since 2007 led us to group states into regions, and then to offer regional versions of the DC experience to both energize and more effectively train CCL volunteers.

This year the chapter members from the Great Lakes states (IL, IN, WI, MI, OH) will gather at a new venue: Cedar Lake Conference & Retreat Center. It offers comfortable lodging, delicious food (read the reviews), and a scenic lake setting amidst the fall colors.

Please join us for a weekend full of learning experiences suited for all volunteers, from veterans to first timers. Get to know your fellow volunteers and create wonderful memories while recharging that climate advocate energy!
You can register for the conference, and see a complete schedule of events, here.
Topics include:
  • Climate change impacts on the Great Lakes region.
  • Carbon fee and dividend policy introduction as well as the nitty gritty details.
  • Building political will through grassroots and grasstops alliances.
  • Road map to passing carbon fee and dividend.
  • Sessions to improve your depth of knowledge on climate change impacts and your ability to communicate with others about it.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

NOTE: The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 27th 2016, so we can let the conference venue know how many of us to expect.



Six from Eau Claire Going to DC!

Four of six individuals from the Eau Claire chapter who are going to DC met up in Phoenix Park on Friday to talk about the work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and a little about this year’s CCL Conference/Lobby Day.

Thanks to WQOW’s Emma Wheeler for a nice interview; it was great to meet her, talk with her, and to hear from our fellow chapter members what motivates them for this work.

Watch for additional news from DC as the conference gets underway; you can see more info and the program schedule for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday here.



On “The Vermonter,” Headed for DC!

This morning my husband and I caught the train in Waterbury–we’re due into DC about 10 p.m. tonight. It will be my fourth year at the conference, and his first. We own a home in Vermont, so though we’re not constituents (yet) we are tax-payers. Only one member of the Vermont CCL chapter can make it to DC this year, so my husband will be on the teams meeting with Senators Leahy and Sanders and with Congressman Welch. That’s what I did last year (I have a picture with the team and Senator Sanders to prove it!). But don’t worry–Wisconsin meetings with our MOCs will be filled with constituents: there are at least 50 Badgers coming to DC this year!

I’ve been reviewing Laser Talks on my laptop as the train heads south–we’re getting near New Hampshire now–and thinking about how much calmer taking the train is than flying. And of course there’s always the thought of the carbon footprint for flying . . . so I was very interested to be reminded of this fact as I scanned one of the Talks:

Only about 36% of the average American’s fossil fuel use comes from direct consumption–filling up the gas tank, charging our laptops, or taking a plane (or train). The remainder–64%–comes from indirect consumption; that is, it is the fossil fuel embedded in the products we buy (like this laptop I’m typing on).

You can read the same laser talk here.