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Climate Lobby reaching deeper in conversations

Citizens Climate Lobby invites people interested in climate to deeper insights

June 25, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby/Citizens Climate Education is striving to be inclusive to anyone interested in concerns about climate. The group alternates meetings between the Estherville Public Library and the Lakeside Lab in Milford.

Co-leader Roger Patocka said, "We've been typically meeting around 10:30 in the forenoon of the second Saturday of each month, alternately between the Estherville Public Library and Lakeside Labs, since the online national CCL call occurs at noon of second Saturdays."

The group is conducting a poll to find out when members would prefer to meet. One meeting was a weeknight program at the SERT building at Iowa Lakes Community College, with a program focused on alternative energy.

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Paul Reker is one participant who has embraced green energy. Reker has installed and operated a wind generator and solar panels for his home near Spencer, and subsequently has first-hand experience with alternative energy sources, costs and issues. He has also been active with efforts of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association.

The Iowa Great Lakes Chapter is laser focused on a specific piece of legislation and a proven strategy to gain its passage. The group is working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the "best first-step" to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.

The market-based Carbon Fee and Dividend policy will drastically reduce emissions, create jobs, and support small businesses and families - all without growing government.

What does the Citizens Climate Lobby do?

The group this month drafted a list of tasks including:

n Membership welcome: welcome new members, answer new members' questions, and help guide their orientation;

n Meeting Helpers to reserve meeting rooms, equipment and perform clean up;

n Field report filer: gather published news items and complete online reports to National CCL, among other tasks;

n Grand Canyon not the physical desert dent, but a calling activity to contact elected senators and representatives each month asking for climate solutions generally a basic script is provided;

n Climate Lobby Days organizers;

n Tabling coordinator: reserve dates and locations at events and fairs, keep display items current, schedule people to staff tables;

n Grasstops Outreach (GO) teams: Connect with members in other chapters, seek out business leaders, develop relationships to work toward endorsements;

n Press releases and communications;

n Social Media editor: update and add content to chapter's Facebook page;

n Letter writers.

How do members of the community get involved in Citizens Climate Lobby/Education?

o Attend the next monthly meeting location to be determined;

o Attend the CCL Iowa Chapters Meeting in Ames in mid-September;

o Sign up for Climate Changed, the Gustavus Adophus College (St. Peter, MN) Nobel Conference, Sept. 24-25.

For more information, see CCL's Facebook page or its website at:



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