The monthly meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 5 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College. I hope you can join us as we learn about the growing momentum in Congress to put a price on carbon. A focus of our meeting will be to review what we accomplished last year and to develop a plan for the coming academic year. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please reply to let us know what you think our chapter ought to be working on. We want to hear your ideas for the best way to promote climate action in central Pennsylvania.
Please come out to support CCL State College as we table at Crickfest in Coburn Park in Coburn, PA. The festival takes place on Sunday, September 1, from 11 am to 6 pm. Sponsored by the Penns Valley Conservation Association, this family friendly festival supports the Penns Creek Watershed.
News from our chapter
Dick Jones had a letter in the Centre Daily Times on July 24 on a national security measure that received different votes from our two elected representatives in Congress. Here is the link.
Daniel Kim, a CCL member who is a graduate student at Penn State in International Affairs, will be attending an immersion program with Youth Climate Leaders in Germany during the month of August. After that he will have an internship in DC with the Earth Day Network. He will return to Penn State for the spring semester to complete his master’s degree. He intends to keep us informed of his adventures and we will pass on the news to you all.
The Op-Ed of the Month for July in the Centre Daily Times was written by Mark Neely who reflects on the connection between bipartisanship and the so-called “war” on climate change. Here is the link.
The Mid-Atlantic Region of CCL has tentatively scheduled its annual meeting for January 18-19, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Please consider attending. More details as well as a firm date and place will be forthcoming.
Several bills were recently introduced into Congress calling for a price on carbon. To learn more about these new developments, click here for a news report. You can listen to a presentation from CCL about these bills and about why this is good news by clicking here. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR763), which was introduced in January, has already gathered 59 co-sponsors.
Things you can do this month
· Join CCL officially by going to the main website and clicking on the green button. You will receive important updates on national developments. The more members that CCL has, the more effective can be our lobbying efforts.
· Check out our local Facebook page. You do not have to be a Facebook user yourself in order to read what we post there. It is open to the public. If you are a Facebook user, then please “like” the page. Here is the link. You can always find a link at the bottom of my signature block.
Prof. Michael Mann of Penn State will be offering a free online course entitled “Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact.” It will launch on Sept. 1. To learn more and to sign up, click here.
Project Drawdown is partnering with Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown— Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown. This scientific conference will bring together leading scientific experts and researchers from around the world in a critical discussion about the most innovative and promising climate change solutions and upcoming research. Dates: September 16 to 18. If you register by September 2, the registration fee is $495. After that date, the cost is $595. For more information and to register, click here.