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Citizens Climate Education meeting is this Saturday

December 2, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

A rainy, freezing-cold Fall day or a balmy Spring day usually get our attention whether we're an anxious farmer or a schoolkid looking out the window for recess. What IS the forecast? For today? For the decade? For this century?

Changes in short-term weather or long-term climate profoundly affect us more than we realize. Can we afford to talk about it and then quickly forget about it? Or do we need to make some informed decisions to intelligently deal with it?

The Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Citizens Climate Education/Lobby, an organization of volunteers, is exploring opportunities to focus our non-partisan approach on finding respectful solutions to climate challenges.

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We will hold our monthly meeting at 10:30 am on Saturday, December 8 in the Community Room of the Estherville Public Library, Estherville. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Following the elections last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report, "Global Warming of 1.5C" (or SR1.5) was released (

On Black Friday, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) delivered its Fourth National Climate Assessment report to Congress and the President (

And last week, the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act ( was introduced in the U.S. House by two Republican and three Democrat Representatives.

The new Farm Bill is past due, and we're starting to hear some new terms such as the "Green New Deal" and the "Sunrise Movement."

Regardless of the shifts in the political landscape, the climate doesn't care. Flooding, drought, wildfires, more intense storms, species migration and other changes occur. What can we do to sustain our life support systems for future generations?

This month's guest speaker is Per Espen Stoknes, a Norwegian psychologist and politician who served as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway. He blends psychology and economics around human relationships to the natural world and to each other. He has authored a book, What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming.

Citizens' Climate Education (CCE) is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides resources to educate ordinary citizens about the scientific, economic, policy, and environmental implications of climate change and climate change solutions. CCL, by contrast, has lobbying powers as a 501(c)(4) organization, and is dedicated to a bipartisan approach empowering citizens to connect with and influence their members of Congress.

For more information about CCE and CCL, visit and For information about the December 8 meeting or the local Iowa Great Lakes chapter, contact co-leaders Jane Shuttleworth at, or Roger Patocka at



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