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BILLINGS Chapter meeting Wed. May 11th 6:30pm, Billings library
BOZEMAN Chapter meeting Mon. May 16th, 7pm
MSU CCL CLUB Semester end get together TBD
FLATHEAD VALLEY Action Meeting Tues. May 17th, 12 noon
HELENA Chapter meeting Wed. May 18th, 6pm
MISSOULA  Chapter meeting Wed. May 11th, 6pm 
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Montana CCL May 2022 Newsletter
Lolo National Forest in May of 2021.
#ElectrifyEverything 
Hello !

Sometimes it's hard to see how we can reach the IPCC's goal of reducing emissions 50% by 2030. Experts tell us Electrifying Everything, paired with cleaning up the energy supply, is the way to go! 

If you've learned about carbon pricing, you know that it's an essential tool for moving our electric utilities and co-ops away from carbon-based fuels, by placing a fee on the carbon content of the fuel they buy. Utilities are obligated to their shareholders and ratepayers to choose reliable and less expensive fuel sources, so sources not subject to the fee, like wind, solar, storage, and efficiency, will win out. 

Then, if we can use clean electricity to power our cars and trucks, heating, cooling, water heating, dryers, and cooking appliances, we'll eliminate 60% of our US emissions! 
Rewiring America, an organization studying this transition, estimates the need to turn over 50 million fossil fueled appliances and machines every year for 20-25 years to meet our emissions goal. Imagine the jobs that would be created, but also the need to help people with the initial up front costs through rebates, carbon dividends, or other programs (that could be paid for by the fossil fuel fees!)

The benefits of electrification are astounding:
  • Stable and lower energy costs (no crazy swings in oil, gas, and natural gas prices due to global market volatility)
  • Less outdoor and indoor air pollution and the deaths and health problems it causes
  • Electric vehicles and appliances have less moving parts, lower energy usage, and lower maintenance costs
If you'd like to learn more about what you can do in your own home or rental, download Rewiring America's Electrify Your Home Guide.

Electrifying Europe's heating and cooling needs with heat pumps built in the U.S. could even help them to wean themselves off of Russian natural gas. See their 'Electrify for Peace' policy plan. 

We can do this! Don't forget to call our Members of Congress this month!

Kristen and Robin
 
EMAIL CONGRESS & BIDEN
Take Action
Outdoor Climate Action 🚴 🏄 🎣 🏃 🚣
Flathead Valley CCL supporters riding Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, June 2021.
Advocate for the Outdoors
Citizens' Climate Lobby has an action team for folks who love the outdoors, which for us here in Montana, is everyone!

Outdoor recreation is a perfect place to begin your work with the grasstops lever of political will. The action team has many active Montanans including state co-coordinator Robin Paone, Laurel Eastman, Anne Ready, and Amy Trad, the Sustainability Director of Big Sky Resort.

It's easy to get involved, just join the Outdoor Industry Action Team on CCL Community and they'll help you get going! As summer gets closer and we start to get back together on rivers, at campsites, and trails, there's a great opportunity for conversations around the state with outdoor recreation leaders. Your voice can make the difference!
CLICK HERE: CCL's Outdoor Industry Action Team
It's Primary Season!
Voter Information/Registration
Candidate Forums
Western District 1
  • Forward Montana District One Congressional Candidate forum recording with the 3 Dems and 2 of the Republicans:  (Climate questions come first and third!)
Eastern District 2
  •   Western Native Voice Forum recording: Ronning and Sweeney attended
  •   Democrat Forum: May 19th at 6-8 p.m. at VFW, 124 2nd Ave. NE, Sidney 
  • Farmers Union Forum recording: Republicans Austin, Boyette, & Walking Child attended
Want to join a team to prepare questions for candidates that will encourage them to prioritize solutions to climate change? Contact your group leader (listed below) or email Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org  Check out these tips

Help get out the Climate Vote nationally: Environmental Voter Project 

Election dates:
June 7, 2022:  Primary Election
November 8, 2022: General Election
Featured CCL Montana Success
EARTH MONTH PHOTO ALBUM
Around the great state of Montana our CCL volunteers celebrated Earth Month! From tabling in Bozeman and Kalispell to community garden building in Missoula and a chilly clean-up in Billings (followed by cozy coffee!) our team had a great Earth Day weekend. 
Billings CCL
Billings CCL tabling at the Billings April Artwalk - This House of Books hosted Alaina Buffalo Spirit - a Northern Cheyenne climate advocate and talented artist!
Bozeman CCL
The CCL MSU club bravely tabled at the Sustainabilibash in sleety rain! Bozeman CCL had a 'take a photo with a Snowman' activity (and send it to the President!) for kids at the Gallatin Valley Earth Day Celebration. 
Flathead Valley CCL
Flathead Valley kicked off Earth Month with a trail walk at Lone Pine State Park.  Then on Earth Day they tabled at the inaugural Environmental Club's Earth Day Event at Flathead Valley Community College.
Missoula CCL
In Missoula CCL volunteers helped install a community garden.
Montana CCL Upcoming Meetings
Statewide Teams
Montana Print Media Team
Next meeting: Thursday May 10th 4:30pm - new time this month! We will be joining Charlotte Ward's letter to the editor writing party. Link and Information will be on the Montana Media Team page.
This statewide group shares ideas for letters to the editor, helps with editing, and offers support for regular submissions to local media.
If you are interested in joining this team please contact Mary at Missoula@citizensclimatelobby.org

Montana Endorsement Team
Next meeting: Tuesday May 17th, 2 pm. Link and information on the Montana Endorsement Team page.
This statewide group seeks endorsements for effective climate action from Montana businesses, prominent individuals, and organizations. Join us! Contact Angie Winter at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org

Montana Chamber Outreach Team
If anyone wants to connect with their local Chamber of Commerce and share the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's position on climate change with them as an "icebreaker" that would be a good volunteer activity. You don't have to be a member of your local Chamber of Commerce to contact them. Email Robin Paone to get connected: with this team at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org

Montana Social Media Team
We have a volunteer opportunity! Are you a visually-minded, slightly creative person? Have you ever wanted to learn how to create beautiful graphics using cutting-edge technology that's also super easy? If this sounds like you, please consider volunteering to create “Thank You Graphics" to highlight endorsers of the EIDCA here in Montana. If you have a computer, and a willingness to learn you're qualified! This is a great opportunity to learn a skill that can also help you as a business person, family organizer, and in other volunteering! Please email Robin Paone for details at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org
Chapters
Go to your chapter page on the CCL Community Website to find the event listing.

BILLINGS
Chapter Meeting: Wed. May 11th, 6:30 pm, Billing Public, Library Conference room, 2nd floor
Contact: Lori or Marya at Billings@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Billings

BOZEMAN
Chapter Meeting: Mon. May 16, 7 pm  Online
MSU CCL Club Meeting: Last get together - email us for specifics
Contact: Kristen or Emma (for MSU) at Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Bozeman

FLATHEAD VALLEY
Cleanup Day at Steel Bridge Fishing Access Site was Sat. May 7th 9:30am. 
Climate Beers: Mon. May 9th, 6:30pm at Bias Brewing, 409 1st Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana  59901
Action Meeting: Tues. May 17th, 12 noon
Contact: Robin or Angie at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Flathead Valley

HELENA
Chapter Meeting: Wed. May 18th, 6 pm  online
Contact: Kristen at Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Helena
 
MISSOULA
Chapter Meeting: Wed. May 11th, 6pm
Contact: Mary or Dave at Missoula@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Missoula
 
Get online for meeting info and more
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Citizens' Climate Lobby uses a private website, CCL Community, for trainings, resources, organizing and communicating https://community.citizensclimate.org/. Log in by clicking the link at the top of the window.

What's my login?
All volunteers who have joined CCL automatically receive a CCL Community account and password. If you're having problems getting in, email membership@citizensclimate.org You can get help on other issues:  https://community.citizensclimate.org/help

Welcome to our "Insider's View"
You will find a whole world of information on CCL Community!  Meeting details, training, resources, and an active community on the forums. Take a look!
CCL National Events
May Monthly Call and Policy Update
May Monthly Speaker: Jad Daley and Joel Pannell, American Forests
Saturday May 14th, 11AM MDT

Increasing the number of trees is an effective means to store carbon that also has bipartisan support. But the preservation and planting of trees isn't just a way to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It's also a way to foster environmental justice by improving the quality of life in urban areas where people of color are often marginalized. Joining our national call this month from American Forests are Jad Daley, President and CEO, and Joel Pannell, Vice President of Urban Forestry. They'll discuss American Forests' work with tree cover in American cities, which is often determined by income and race, and the work their organization is doing to restore forest health across the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
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Policy Update

Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and several of his colleagues in Congress began talks to gauge bipartisan interest in a climate deal. One policy that has been repeatedly mentioned in these talks is a border carbon adjustment mechanism, which is a key element of CCL’s preferred carbon pricing legislation. 

Danny Richter, CCL VP of Government Affairs, relays that “Our top two trading partners, the E.U. and Canada, are already moving forward with border carbon adjustments of their own. It’s smart of Congress to consider this policy, and it could lay additional groundwork for a domestic carbon price.”

In addition to these bipartisan climate talks, there is still an opportunity for significant climate legislation to pass through the reconciliation process.

This is an excellent time to urge your senators, representatives, and President Biden to take action on climate and clean energy. Send them a message with our easy action tool!

Email Congress & Biden!
CCL June Conference
The CCL June Conference is Back!
Come spend time with your people, in person, in D.C. Plenaries and some seminars will be streamed and recorded.

Sunday, June 12- Monday, June 13, 2022
Pre-conference optional sessions Saturday, June 11
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Keep Congress focused on a healthy climate
Together we've pushed climate change to the top of the priorities in Washington, DC. And, we'll keep showing up until Congress passes strong climate policies like a price on carbon and we see declining emissions in America. This year's conference coincides with CCL's international week of action, including virtual lobby meetings across the world.

Learn more on the conference webpage: https://cclusa.org/juneconference
REGISTER HERE
Conservative Conference Wrap Up
 Nate Abercrombie, Conservative Outreach Coordinator for CCL, reflects on the CCL Conservative Conference held this spring in D.C., where 85 right-leaning climate advocates heard from 6 Republican Members of Congress. If you or a right-leaning friend are interested in joining CCL, check out our conservative opportunities here.
Resources
Youth v Gov is a moving documentary following the journey of 21 young plaintiffs suing the US government for its actions in creating the climate crisis. On Netflix now! FYI, Held v State of Montana will be the first ever children's climate trial in U.S. history in February 2023! Support them and find out more at youthvgov.org/held-v-montana
 
RECORDING: Film & Panel Discussion | Drop | Hilary Hutcheson | Hilary Lindh | David Brooks Montana TU
View CCL Montana's Earth Month event on our YouTube channel HERE
 

Recent industry announcements for carbon pricing: The  American Petroleum Institute,  the Business Roundtable, and the 
Electric Power Supply Association.
 
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