November 2019

Reminder:  Our special presentation on “The Future of Nuclear Energy” will be this coming Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm at Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen Street in State College.  Our two speakers are Arthur T. Motta, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University and David J. Allard, director of the Bureau of Radiation Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  Their presentations will be followed by a question and answer period.  Parking is free on the street on Sunday afternoons.
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Call-In Day – Nov. 6

We need your help!!
Call Congress on Wednesday, November 6th to push for passage of the Energy Innovation Act. Our volunteers will be meeting with offices on Capitol Hill the following week and your nudge will help ensure they are warmly received. Just click on this link and enter your address.  You will be given the phone numbers to call and a suggested script.  We are hoping to break records for the number of calls from our districts.  Even as many as 10 calls can make a big difference, but let’s aim for many more than that!    
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Monthly Meeting

The State College Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  As usual, we will share news of what we have accomplished, plan future events, and listen to the national call.  At this November meeting we will hear from our members who attended the November Lobby Day in Washington, DC and learn more about the progress of HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
News from our chapter

Diane Mills submitted an Op/Ed to the Lock Haven Express that was published on October 28, 2019.  Written in conjunction with Mark Reynolds, executive director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Op/Ed celebrates the hopeful bipartisan cooperation emerging to solve the climate crisis.  You can read it here.

Sylvia Neely and Dick Jones wrote an Op/Ed published in the Centre Daily Times on Sunday, October 10 describing our chapter’s presentations to explore possible alternatives to fossil fuels. You can read it here.
 
Dick Jones recently spoke at University Baptist and Brethren Church on the importance of acting on climate change to help our neighbors.  His insightful comments were published in the magazine of the Church of the Brethren.  Here is a link to the article.

Fernanda Lugo, Alfonso Saldaña, and Lisa Richardson tabled for CCL at the United Nations Association Annual Dinner on October 19, where we were able to hear Prof. Tom Richard of Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment discuss developments in the field of renewable natural gas
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Registration is now open for the annual conference of the MidAtlantic Region of Citizens’ Climate Lobby which covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, DC.  The conference will be held in Wilmington, Delaware on January 18-19, 2020 with the theme of “20-20 Vision: Clarifying our Regional Climate Strategy.”  For more information and to register, click here.

On October 6, in his monthly column in the Centre Daily Times, Jonathan Brockopp featured Citizens’ Climate Lobby as one of the local groups people should consider joining in order to make a difference on climate change.  You can read his article here.

Danny Richter, CCL’s Vice President of Government Affairs, was interviewed on October 8 on a podcast called Climate Pod, on which he discussed our bill and the value of bipartisanship for climate action.  You can access the interview at this site. 
Community News

Planting trees:  The Centre County chapter of the United Nations Association is partnering with ClearWater Conservancy to plant trees locally to help reduce the impact of global climate change.  You can support this effort in two ways.  First, you can donate to purchase the trees.  $25 will plant 1 tree.  $100 will plant 5 trees.  Any amount will help.  All gifts are tax deductible.  Mail checks to UNA-USA of Centre County, PO Box 1106, State College, PA 16804.  Second, if you would like to volunteer to help plant the trees next spring, check out this website:  www.clearwaterconservancy.org/volunteer

The complete archive of the Drawdown Conference held at Penn State in September is available online.  Here is the link to access the recordings of all sessions at no cost.

The Sustainability Showcase Series on Fridays from noon to 1:30 pm in 233 AB HUB Robeson Center on the Penn State campus continues through Dec. 6.  On November 8, the speaker will be Joanne Shafer, Deputy Executive Director for Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, who will discuss “A Circular Economy, Recycling Markets, and China’s Local Effects.”  For more information and to register, click here.

The Fall 2019 EarthTalks Series:  The Dynamics of Deep Decarbonization takes place on Mondays at 4 pm in 112 Walker Building on the Penn State campus.  This series invites prominent researchers to give talks on energy systems transition, negative carbon emissions, terrestrial sequestration, decision-making under uncertainty, and public policy relevant to deep decarbonization.  For more information and a list of speakers, click here.

Monthly Meeting times for 2019


Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30 pm
All monthly meetings take place on the third Tuesday of the month at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.

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