July 2020

CCL State College July Monthly Meeting Needs Your Help
During the pandemic, we have all adjusted to working and interacting in new ways.  This is certainly true for the work that the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby has been doing.  What techniques have you learned that you think will be helpful for others?  What directions can our volunteering take in the future?  Please plan to share your ideas on the Zoom monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 21 at 5 pm. We will highlight some opportunities for volunteering this summer that can be done from home. 

The Environmental Voter Project needs people to call or text registered voters to urge them to vote.  We will listen to the director of this national initiative describe the theory behind it and why you should get involved. 

Members of our State College chapter are seeking support for climate action from local business and community leaders.  We will discuss what we can all do to promote this effort in our area. 

The CCL Monthly Calling Campaign is an easy way for you to make a difference.  Everybody is invited to sign up at cclusa.org/mcc to be callers.  Nationally there are 3713 callers signed up and it’d be great to hit 4000 this month. Please remember to click “Report your call” when you are finished so that we can keep track of how many times we have contacted our elected officials.

We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meeting on Zoom.  Here are the details:
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 5 to 6:30 pm
For the Zoom link, email pastatecollege@citizensclimatelobby.org

For people who are new to CCL, we will be offering an introduction to our work after our meeting, from 6:30 to 7 pm.  We will try to answer any questions you have then.
 
Twitter Training
If you are looking for ways to advocate for climate solutions from the safety of your own home, it is time to take the leap into Twitter. Twitter is a library full of articles and resources, tailored to your interests based on who you follow. And of course, one organization we’d like you to follow is the State College chapter of CCL @ClimatePa.
Our own Lisa Richardson will be offering a free introductory lesson in a small group environment:
 
Friday, July 24, at 11:00 am to noon
For the Zoom link, email pastatecollege@citizensclimatelobby.org
 
Centre Region Climate Action Plan
On June 28th, a large group tuned into our Zoom presentation to hear about the Centre Region’s proposed Climate Action Plan.  Pam Adams, Sustainability Planner for COG, explained what our local governments have been working on.  We also heard from Jesse Barlow, State College Borough Council president, and Carla Stilson, College Township Council member.  If you were unable to attend, you can see a recording of their presentations on our webpage.  Our local governments would appreciate your ideas and support for this important initiative.
 
Braver Angels workshop invitation 
All CCL volunteers are invited to the Braver Angels Depolarizing Within Communications Workshop aimed to teach us how to communicate with those who hold different views.
 
This workshop, presented in collaboration with Braver Angels, will help you become more aware of your inner polarizer, help you learn to depolarize yourself and teach you skills for intervening in social conversations with like-minded people when those conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other views.
 
Join us for this virtual workshop on Saturday, July 25, Noon ET, which will run 2.5 hours.
 
This workshop is aimed at volunteers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, and Connecticut, but anybody is welcome to join.  We will email all registered attendees days prior to the event with the video conference access information.   
 
Here’s the link to register: https://julydepolarizingwithin.eventbrite.com 
 
Regional CCL Conference
Bringing together CCL members from two regions (Southeast and Appalachia), this event promises to provide lots of opportunities for learning about and engaging with climate action.  This virtual conference offers keynote presentations as well as breakout sessions on many topics. 

Please join us for our virtual 2020 Citizens’ Climate Southeast / Appalachia Conference on Saturday, August 22nd, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. 
For the complete program and to register, click here
 
Community News
“Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary:  Exploring Penn State’s Sustainability Past, Present, and Future”

On July 14 at 12:30 pm, the Penn State Alumni Association will host a virtual speaker session with Dr. Paul Shrivastava and Dr. Peter Boger, director and assistant director of community engagement for Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, titled “Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary:  Exploring Penn State’s Sustainability Past, Present, and Future.”
All are invited to join this presentation which will look back to the very first Earth Day in 1970, and ahead, to imagine the next 50 years.  The presentation will explore the question, ”What does a just, equitable, and sustainable future for everyone look like, and how can Nittany Lions help to realize this vision?”  Register for this event here.
June 2020

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