November Newsletter

As we write this, the reconciliation bill is still up in the air.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby will soon launch a calling campaign to members of Congress. This is the next critical time to get a Carbon Fee included in legislation. More information will come from CCL by Tuesday and we will let you know as soon as we have the details.

There will obviously be much to discuss when our chapter meets on November 16, but who knows what it will be.  Please plan to join us either in person or by Zoom.  Before then, take advantage of the CCL national conference on November 13 and 14.  Details below.
 
State College Monthly Meeting — Please note new time
 
In order to accommodate participation both in person and via Zoom, we are changing the time for our monthly meetings.  We will start at 5:30 pm and end at 6:30 pm.  We hope this will make it possible for more people to join us in this hybrid meeting. 
       
Monthly Meeting info:
Tuesday, November 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
In person at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Room 325
     208 West Foster Ave., State College
     Click here for directions and parking information
      Masks required indoors
Or virtually — for Zoom information, write to PAStateCollege@citizensclimatelobby.org

 
News from Our Chapter
 
Cathy Cullen and Dick Jones shared the writing for this month’s Climate Watch column in the Centre Daily Times.  Cathy wrote about the importance of healthy forests and invited people to attend the forestry panel (see below).  Dick gave an update on climate legislation debates in Congress.  
 
John Swisher had a letter in the CDT on October 28 entitled “Price on Carbon Must Be Implemented.”  Thank you, John, for being such a consistent and good writer.

Won’t you write a letter to our local newspapers?  The debate over climate change legislation is continuing in Congress, and CCL still wants us to keep the subject of carbon pricing in the news.   Please contact Dick Jones at media@statecollegeccl.org if you would like any help in sending your letter. 
 
During October our volunteers continued the impressive campaign of contacting our elected representatives to urge them to put a price on carbon.  In addition to calls through our Monthly Calling Campaign, 31 people from our chapter wrote an email to President Biden.  Thank you!

 
November conference
 
CCL holds national member meetings in June and November.  This month’s free conference offers a wide array of topics under the theme “Grit and Gratitude:  Celebrating a Banner Year and Rising to the Next Challenge.”  It will be held virtually on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, with optional seminars on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14.  
 
The keynote speaker is Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, who along with Katharine D. Wilkinson, edited the book All We Can Save:  Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, which brings together “writings from women at the forefront of the climate movement.”  After a plenary panel on effective climate solutions, breakout sessions allow you to explore many other subjects of interest to CCL volunteers.
 
On Sunday afternoon, you can choose from among four in-depth seminars, plus the foundational Climate Advocate Training Workshop.    If you are new to CCL or never got around to taking this basic training, now is your chance.
 

Videos of our October presentations
 
If you missed the excellent presentation that Katharine Hayhoe gave to our Pennsylvania CCL members on October 28, you can still watch the recording of her talk.  Highly recommended.
 
The expert forestry panel that Cathy Cullen of the State College chapter and Kay Cramer of the Susquehanna Valley chapter organized was very well received, with 286 people registering for the event.  The subject is important and the panelists were excellent.  You can access the video here:  Exploring Forest Carbon: Management, Markets & Policy.  
 
If you have any questions or suggestions for our CCL chapter, please write to Sylvia Neely PAStateCollege@citizensclimatelobby.org or Lisa Richardson twitter@statecollegeccl.org
 
 Community News

–Don’t forget to vote.  Election Day is November 2.  All mail-in ballots must be received by or deposited in the ballot boxes by 8 pm on that day. To study the candidates before you vote, here is the League Of Women Voters Nonpartisan Voters Guide for Centre County
 
–The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania holds an annual conference entitled “Shale and Public Health.”  This free Zoom conference will be on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 17 from noon to 4 pm.  Click here for more information and to register.
 
–The Family Forest Carbon Program, a new program for family forest owners with as little as 30 acres, is available in Pennsylvania. The program is a resource for landowners to improve forest health while addressing climate change. The program provides payments to landowners with small forest holdings to implement forest practices that are scientifically proven to increase the carbon sequestered and stored on the land. In addition, the program provides expert consultation from foresters to every landowner and creates a forest management plan customized for the landowner’s property. The program is created and run by the American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. Find out more and see if you are eligible at www.familyforestcarbon.org.
 
–Centre County Solar Co-op
If you live in Centre County and have considered adding solar to your home or business, join the Centre County Solar Co-op before January 31, 2022. Once the co-op is closed, there may not be another opportunity in Centre County for some time. Currently, there is a 26% Federal tax credit available for solar through the end of 2022. In 2023 and 2024, the tax credit steps down to 22%. 
 
–The respected think tank Resources for the Future is presenting a panel discussion on a subject that will become increasingly important as countries put a price on carbon and implement tariffs on goods from countries that do not have them.  
Carbon Border Measures:  What Happens With Ambitious Climate Policies? will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 9 am.
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