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National Volunteer Week

By Bree Guy A world-wide event, President Trump declared Sunday, April 19th through Saturday, April 25th National Volunteer Week, 2020 for the United States. In the proclamation, he states that “civic engagement and volunteering strengthens this country and our national character is judged on how we help others.” You can find the proclamation here. […] Earth Day also happens to fall within National Volunteer Week. This year’s theme is climate action. People and local organizations are still working hard to spread information and volunteer their time… Read More »National Volunteer Week

Local climate advocates to join nationwide virtual Earth Day event

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, you are invited to participate in “Uniting from Home: A virtual CCL event with Katharine Hayhoe.” This event, taking place on Zoom, will allow attendees to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and take action on climate change, while still respecting public health recommendations for social distancing. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, who is a world-renowned climate scientist, an evangelical Christian, and the creator of the educational show “Global Weirding” on PBS.  Many… Read More »Local climate advocates to join nationwide virtual Earth Day event

Opinion: On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, much has changed

By Sylvia Neely This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. A lot has changed since April 22, 1970. At that time, on college campuses, people against the Vietnam War were holding “teach-ins” to explain why they were opposed. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin decided to adopt this idea by holding “teach-ins” on the environment on college campuses. The original name was “Environmental Teach-In.” And they chose April 22 because they wanted a date before the students left for the semester. But the idea… Read More »Opinion: On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, much has changed

Book Review: Climate Change and the Fall of Rome

A review of Kyle Harper, The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, & the End of an Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017), 417 pp., maps, charts, illustrations. At the end of the sixth century Pope Gregory, fearing the end of the world amidst unexplained plagues, rushed missionaries to the British Isles to save as many souls as possible in the short time remaining, and this, according to historian Kyle Harper, is what they encountered there: . . . a land that the Romans would hardly… Read More »Book Review: Climate Change and the Fall of Rome

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. … Read More »April 2020

Saving the world while sheltering in place

Productive Stuff to Do as We Wait it Out at Home By Kathy Pollard, MS, Nutrition instructor, co-founder of SustainableDiet.com, and expert on sustainability and food choice. Her upcoming book is Climate Party! Saving the Planet and Your Health One Plate at a Time. Who could have imagined a global crisis larger than climate change? But here we are! Life as we know it has come to a halt as we hunker down to shelter in place indefinitely, to protect ourselves and tamp down the spread of… Read More »Saving the world while sheltering in place

Are citizen lobbyists also poets?

Randy Hudson has come up with a solution to a vexing problem.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby wants you to support the bill we have in Congress, but the bill’s name is awkward and hard to remember:  HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Randy, who volunteers with our State College chapter, is just one of our over 180 thousand members in 5xx chapters around the world who write letters to the editor, table at events, give presentations, sponsor educational events, and, of course, lobby… Read More »Are citizen lobbyists also poets?

March 2020

Monthly Meeting On Line       Breaking News:  Our monthly meeting will still take place.  Although we will not be holding our monthly meeting as originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship because of the dangers of bringing together groups of people in one place, we will be able to hold the meeting online.  Please watch your email for further news about this exciting new development along with instructions of how you can join the meeting. New Co-leader for our chapter      Although there is plenty… Read More »March 2020

Opinion: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act gains support inside and outside Congress

By Richard Jones Govtrack lists 240 legislative initiatives in the 116th U.S. Congress dealing with climate change or greenhouse gases. One bill, however, is easily the most robust climate legislation pending and the only bipartisan one with significant support. It’s not the Green New Deal, which is a non-binding resolution and not a bill at all. Rather, it’s the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). In this legislation, Congress has before it a simple, fair and effective step toward a climate solution. Rep.… Read More »Opinion: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act gains support inside and outside Congress

Keep your head in the sand- its cooler down there

Meteorologist on the tube the other day announced that the average yearly temperature for January in our area is 26 degrees. But this year in our unending quest for more balmy weather, the average for January was 33 degrees. Bruce Christianson Bellefonte 3/06/20