December 2019

The State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 17, at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County at the end of Waupelani Drive in State College.  Please join us as we learn about energy policy, celebrate what we have accomplished in the last month, and plan for future events.  We will discuss the stimulating presentation by Prof. Andrew Hoffman that was featured on last month’s international conference call.  You can access recordings of previous calls here.
Report on November Lobby Day

Thank you to Ed and Cathy Cullen, who represented our chapter at the November Lobby Day in Washington on Nov. 11 and 12.   They enjoyed meeting with staff from several Congressional offices to learn about the views of Congress and to share our enthusiasm for HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.   They delivered over 2000 letters collected by our chapter in this area since the beginning of summer urging Congress to take action.  402 letters were for Rep. Keller in PA 12, 84 for Rep. Thompson in PA15, over 600 each for Sen. Casey and Sen. Toomey, and many more for elected officials from other areas of Pennsylvania and out of state.  A picture of our CCL volunteers along with a staff member from Rep. Keller’s office was published in the Centre Daily Times on December 5. 
 
CCL MidAtlantic Region Meeting in January

If you missed the November event, you have another opportunity to attend a stimulating CCL meeting.  The MidAtlantic Region, that includes Pennsylvania, will be holding its annual meeting on January 18 and 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.  Rep. Susan Wild from PA will be the keynote speaker.  Click here for more information and to register.  The early bird deadline for the registration of $99 is Dec. 15.  Please let me know if you want information about scholarships or if you want to know about sharing housing or transportation.
 
February 3-4, 2020 Conservative Climate Lobby Day

On February 3 and 4, CCL will host a Conservative Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. This event is designed for conservatives—people who are politically right-of-center—to discuss climate action with members of Congress. Learn more or apply to attend.   Please let us know if you are interested in attending this event.
 
Our local chapter in the news

Our members have written several items that you will want to read.  They are available on  our website or on our Facebook page.

Dan Alters published a letter in the Centre Daily Times on Nov. 21 on the importance of listening to experts.  It is the second item on the linked page. 

Dick Jones wrote an OpEd for the Centre Daily Times on Nov. 17 entitled “Many businesses now clamoring for a fee on carbon.”

Mark Neely provided a review of Bill McKibben’s latest book, Falter
 
Donations to CCL

CCL primarily wants to encourage people to work to put a stop to climate change.  Therefore there are no dues or financial obligations.  But the national organization does need funds for a staff to support the thousands of volunteers in the field with training, communication, and information.  We also have staff engaging directly with our elected representatives.  Each year we rely on individuals from across the country to invest in our work. Whether you are able to give $10, $100, or $1,000, every donation counts. Check out our Year-End Fundraiser to learn how your donation can help ensure a more livable planet.

Remember that contributions to our local chapter are always welcome.  Checks made out to “Citizens’ Climate Lobby State College” can be sent to 109 Oak Pointe Circle, State College, PA 16801.
Community News

Alternative Christmas Fair
Are you looking for a way to give presents without adding to global warming?  Consider the Alternative Christmas Fair at the University Baptist and Brethren Church at 411 S. Burrows Street in State College on Sunday, December 8th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Come do your Christmas shopping through your donations to your favorite of 26 local, national, and international non-profits.   Instead of stuff your gift will be a card indicating that a contribution has been made.  While there you can enjoy a delicious lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert. It is fun, festive, and an opportunity to give to organizations that are in service to our brothers and sisters in this community and beyond. 
 
Climate Strike – Friday, Dec. 6
A climate strike will take place in State College on Friday, December 6.  The strike will begin at the State College Municipal Building (243 S. Allen Street – next to Schlow Library and across the street from the Cozy Thai) at noon.  Participants will march from there to Old Main.  Speakers will share how Climate Change has impacted them and last until about 2 pm.  Here is a link for people to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/state-college-youth-climate-strike-2

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