|Happy New Year! Start your year off right by resolving to make a difference on climate policy in 2022. We all know that our elected officials will not act unless we push them to do so. We have to show Congress that legislation to cut greenhouse gasses is politically viable. Each one of us has something we can do. But we cannot succeed unless we act together and in great numbers.
We invite you to attend the monthly meeting of the State College chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and join one of our action groups. Committing to work with others will keep you on track and multiply your effectiveness because you will be motivating others to keep their resolutions as well. Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers around the country had notable success in 2021 pushing for climate action. Thanks in great part to the efforts of CCL, a price on carbon is now in serious consideration in Congress.
We will meet via Zoom (details below) on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 pm. During the height of the Omicron Covid infection, we will not meet in person. But there are many things we can do while still keeping safe from the pandemic to further the cause. And we can make plans for in-person events for the spring, when this wave of infection has passed. Please come armed with your ideas and your commitment
We know that there is no more urgent cause than putting a stop to climate change. Join us to keep the pressure on in 2022.
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Write to PaStateCollege@citizensclimatelobby.org and we will send you the Zoom link for this meeting.
|News from our chapter
In December, instead of our regular monthly meeting, our chapter had a special zoom presentation entitled “From State College to Glasgow: What’s Happening with Climate Change Solutions” The recording of that presentation is now available for you to watch on YouTube. Presented by our members Lisa Richardson, Dick Jones, and Sylvia Neely, the talk reviewed climate policy initiatives that took place in 2021 at the local, state, national, and international levels.
An OpEd by Sylvia Neely appeared in the Centre Daily Times on Dec. 12, entitled “New Climate Books for Any Holiday List.” The article reviewed books by Katharine Hayhoe and Bill Gates.
|Let’s stay strong on climate in 2022!
The Build Back Better Bill (also known as the Reconciliation Bill) is still being negotiated in the Senate. Your voice needs to be heard as our CCL program to contact officials continues. Call Sen. Casey and urge him to include a price on carbon in the legislation. Send an email to the White House saying that you support pricing carbon. CCL makes doing this very easy. Click here.
Prof. Michael Mann is the featured speaker in the spring 2021 Earth Talks series sponsored by Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. Prof. Mann attended the recent UN climate change meeting in Glasgow and will share his impressions about which efforts succeeded and which did not, along with his thoughts about the best path forward to net zero emissions. The talk entitled Reflections on the Glasgow climate summit: Where do we go from here? will take place on Monday, Jan. 10 at 4 pm and will be streamed via Zoom. For more information and the link, click here.
A joint educational webinar on January 20th, 12-1:30 pm will be offered by KEEA, the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and their partners at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania chapter. Speakers will talk about Pennsylvania’s Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, a financing mechanism that unlocks capital for commercial properties investing in energy and water efficiency, clean energy, resilience, and other vital improvements. This webinar will especially focus on C-PACE policies and opportunities in Western Pennsylvania.