April 2020

Monthly Meeting Online on April 21
 In these strange times, the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be holding our monthly meeting online using a Zoom connection.  We did this for last month’s meeting and it worked out very well.  The meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21 at 5 pm.  For the Zoom link, join our mailing list.

If you have never used Zoom before, you should plan to join the meeting 5 minutes early to make sure that you have a connection.  You may have to download the Zoom app (but you will not be asked to create an account).  Connecting to the virtual meeting is easy to do, but if you want a quick introduction to using Zoom, check out the instructions on this page.

We will send this information out again closer to the time of the meeting.  It will be great to see you all on the screen (or to hear you on the phone) and share ideas about our next steps. 

 
Our chapter in the news
 Kathy Pollard has written a terrific article with suggestions about what we can do while we are confined to the home because of the health emergency.  The national CCL media team awarded it “Article of the Week.”  Congratulations, Kathy!  It was originally published on the web platform Thrive Global.  You can also read it on our local CCL website.  Here is the link.

This month’s OpEd in the Centre Daily Times was written by Dick Jones.  Published in the edition of March 15, it was entitled “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act gains support inside and outside Congress.”  You can read this excellent piece here.

CCL member Milt Cole (co-author of the book “The Science of Earth, Climate and Energy”) has been active in spreading the word about climate change.  He wrote a timely OpEd that was published in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, tying attitudes toward our current health crisis to attitudes toward climate change.  The piece is “Covid-19 Outbreak and Climate Change: Coping with an existential crisis and its deniers.”  You can read it by clicking here.

The advisors to the student chapter at Juniata College, Sharon and Chuck Yohn (along with their daughter Emily) were profiled in a “Volunteer Spotlight” published by the national CCL.   The students at Juniata are enthusiastic advocates for climate action and send a large group to lobby in DC during the national meetings.  Thank you, Sharon and Chuck, for all your excellent endeavors.

Ray Najjar and Sylvia Neely will be teaching an OLLI course entitled “Climate Change: Science and Solutions” via ZOOM on April 22 from 10 to 11:30 am.  Ray is Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State and a member of CCL.  Sylvia is co-leader of the State College chapter of CCL.  More information regarding this free online presentation will be forthcoming.
 
CCL Annual Meeting and Earth Day
 Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be holding its annual meeting, but it is being rescheduled as a virtual presentation on Saturday afternoon, June 6.  This is a great opportunity for those of us who are unable to travel to DC for the annual meeting to become more involved.  Details about the event and how you can join will be forthcoming.

CCL is offering another opportunity for us to attend a meeting virtually.  On April 22, they will be hosting a special Earth Day event with Katharine Hayhoe as the main speaker.  You can read more about the plans here.
 
Community News
 Although many events in State College have been cancelled, the “Earth Talks” series of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State is still available via Zoom.  You can attend the lectures at 4 pm every Monday by clicking here:  https://psu.zoom.us/j/594342606  
You can read more about the series, including a list of the speakers and their topics, by clicking here.  

Sustainability Showcase on Fridays at noon will hold events virtually.  Here is the link to more information.

You can keep informed about what is going on at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute by subscribing to their newsletter, Mainstream

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