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BILLINGS  Today! Holiday Potluck Wed. Dec. 8, 3:30 pm 
BOZEMAN Chapter online party Mon. Dec. 13, 7pm  
FLATHEAD VALLEY Action meeting Tues. Dec. 21, 12 noon
HELENA Chapter meeting Wed. Jan. 19th, 5 pm
MISSOULA  Chapter meeting Sat.. Dec. 11, 10 am
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Montana CCL December 2021 Newsletter
SEN. TESTER: GIVE THE EARTH A PRESENT:
PUT A STRONG CARBON PRICE IN BUILD BACK BETTER!
Hello !

As the holiday season is upon us, the Senate is still shaping its version of the Build Back Better Bill (BBB)! If you have a little time this week, please take a moment to call Sen. Tester's office and ask for a carbon price to be included in the BBB. Hopefully Congress will have a present for the planet before the end of January!

  

Regarding Sen. Manchin, our D.C. staff says he's not a no, he's not a yes, so he is still in play and it's not just us but it's other senators they're working very hard to to get him in the fold. This week's news will come from the Senate Parliamentarian on what could be in or out of the bill. Meanwhile Sen. Schumer is targeting 'before Christmas' for a vote, although January may be a more likely date.

No matter what happens to carbon pricing in the Reconciliation bill, CCL will continue to work to improve and sell it if it passes, or get it passed if it doesn't get into the bill. 

There are many gifts for Montanans in the House version in the form of grants and loans to help States and Tribes, Rural Electric Coops, the trucking industry, manufacturing, and others to move towards more energy efficiency and/or develop the infrastructure for using clean energy sources. It also provides $90 B for resilient agriculture, and transition assistance to coal dependent communities through programs like the Energy Community Reinvestment Financing Program. 

With $555 B in climate investments in the House BBB, we should be able to get to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030, 10% short of Biden's goal of 50%. Including a carbon tax could get us to the 50% goal (according to Resources for the Future and others)!
  

We have a lot to be grateful for at CCL Montana!
  • Our ranks have grown by 250 people, from Miles City to Troy 
  • 26 members of our statewide print media team have written 220 letters to the editor and opinion pieces in newspapers around the state, including the Sidney Herald and the Glendive Ranger Review
  • MT CCL teams met online with Congressional staff 15 times, including 3 times in the last 2 weeks!
  • Even in this 2nd year of the pandemic, we've held 39 online presentations and other outreach events like the Five Levers Organizing Workshop, Conserving Our Future, Drawing Together, and the Climate Advocate Training
  • 6 members of our new Twitter Team have sent hundreds of tweets
  • The City of Whitefish endorsed the Energy Innovation Act, and the cities of Missoula, Bozeman, and Helena wrote to our Congressional delegation about carbon pricing!
But most of all, we're thankful for you! Thank you all for your persistence and optimism, your stepping up and out with calls, emails, talking to your family and friends, writing, joining our lobby teams, learning and leading, attending events, and donating to keep this ship on course! 

Enjoy this season of light and joy!

Kristen and Robin
CALL SENATOR TESTER
Take Action
Help with Montana Chamber Outreach
Dear fellow Montanans:

Question: Guess who wrote this?

“The climate is changing and humans are contributing to these changes. We believe that there is much common ground on which all sides of this discussion could come together to address climate change with policies that are practical, flexible, predictable, and durable. We believe in a policy approach that acknowledges the costs of action and inaction and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. [We believe] that an effective climate policy should support a market-based approach to accelerate GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions reductions across the U.S. economy."

Answer: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce! 

We invite you to join a fun group of us MT CCL volunteers in contacting your local Chamber of Commerce. We're asking dozens of Chambers across Montana to support the U.S. Chamber's position and include a carbon-fee-and-dividend policy as a market-based approach in a support statement.

Please contact Robin Paone at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org to connect with the MT CCL Chamber of Commerce Outreach team. 

Happy Holidays and remember to buy local!
Social Media Actions
'Fresh' Social Media Actions Made Easy!

Click one of the Fresh Social Links below to see a list of posts from members of Congress, journalists, CCLers or other prominent social media influencers which you can like, share, and comment on. 

Twitter: cclusa.org/freshtweet
Facebook: cclusa.org/freshfb
Instagram: cclusa.org/freshig
Tik Tok: cclusa.org/freshtt

Want to join the statewide Social Media Action Team for Twitterstorms and more? Contact Robin at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org  Find our CCL Montana links on the newsletter footer.
 

Win CCL’s $250 Carbon Cashback weekly Contest on Instagram!

Help spread the word that if #carboncashbacks pass in budget reconciliation, Americans could get as much as $250/year CASH, while helping reduce emissions 50% by 2030! You could win $250!


The contest runs through December 18th. Each week, we'll be giving away $250 to one lucky winner who tags their friends on the CCL Instagram post.

Find out how to enter HERE!
 



 Active Hope Workshops

A lot has happened this year to be grateful for, and a lot that may get you down. This workshop draws on a book by Johanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, to help you use your gratitude and grief to stretch, soften, and open yourself to new possibilities and restore your enthusiasm for climate activism. 

See the list of workshop dates in January and February and sign up  here.

For additional workshops and support, find the Resilience Hub on CCL Community.

 
Statewide Print Media Team
Next Meeting:  Noon -1pm Thursday December 16th
Link and Information will be on the Montana Media Team page. This statewide group shares ideas for LTE's, helps with editing, and offers support for regular submissions to local media. 
CCL Montana Success

Read these Letters to the Editor by Montana CCLers!


 

Safeguarding Montana’s Rancher and Farmers through Carbon Pricing by Mike Wood, Western Ag Reporter, 11/18/2021

Activism doesn’t have to be painful by Laura Reynolds, Missoulian, 12/3/2021

Baby Maya’s Forever Mountain View by Robin Paone, Daily Inter Lake, 12/4/2021

Climate change affects the bottom line by Alex Amonette, Sidney Herald, 12/6/21 and Livingston Enterprise, 12/6/21

Put a price on carbon by Walter Rowntree, Missoulian, 11/21/2021

CCL Montana Chapter Meetings
Go to your chapter page on the CCL Community Website to find the event listing.

BILLINGS Today! Holiday Potluck Wed. Dec. 8, 3:30-6pm Celebrate victories and being together  Masks and vaxxed please
Location:  Billings Library, community room
Contact: Lori or Marya at Billings@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Billings

BOZEMAN Chapter online party Mon. Dec. 13th, 7pm  Share a highlight from the year, a favorite song, funny video, joke, or story! Get to know your favorite climate activists! 
Contact:  Kristen at Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org 
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Bozeman

FLATHEAD VALLEY Action meeting Tues. Dec. 21st, 12 noon 
Contact:  Robin or Angie at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Flathead Valley

HELENA Chapter meeting Wed. Jan. 19th, 5pm  
Contact:  Kristen at Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org 
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Helena
 
MISSOULA  Chapter meeting Sat. Dec. 11th, 10am
Location: Missoula Public Library
Contact:  Mary or Dave at Missoula@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Missoula
NO CHAPTER IN YOUR TOWN? 
You're welcome to go to an online meeting in any of the other chapters!
 
CCL National Events

Help CCL Reach Goal of $1.5M in Grassroots Donations

Support the grassroots movement that just won't quit!

We CCL Montana volunteers have accomplished a lot this year.  We could not do it without the wealth of tools, training, and strategy we receive from the Citizens' Climate Lobby.

Right now Senate Democrats are negotiating the largest potential climate package in U.S. history through a process called budget reconciliation. Thanks to CCL volunteer efforts, the policy we have long advocated for — carbon fee and dividend — has made it into these negotiations. A price on carbon will ensure that we get to 50% emissions reductions by 2030 and avoid the most devastating consequences of climate change. But only if it gets passed. 

Will you help make impactful climate solutions a reality with a year-end donation to tax-deductible Citizens’ Climate Education? 

Too often, political engagement stops at the ballot box. But at Citizens’ Climate, we’re changing that. We equip everyday people with the training and tools they need to become effective citizen lobbyists, and then mobilize to strategically move Congress on climate.

Your year-end donation will keep our world-wide lobbying force (and CCL Montana) organized, trained, and ridiculously effective.

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December Monthly Meeting

11am Mountain Time on Saturday, December 11th

December Monthly Meeting

Citizens' Climate International Citizens' Climate International had a major presence at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and Isatis Cintrón Rodriguez was a big part of that presence. The Latin America Regional Coordinator for CCI and a CCI founding board member, Isatis addressed the High-Level Segment of the COP26 negotiations in Glasgow on the value of stakeholders’ active participation in the design and implementation of climate policy. She'll talk about her work at COP26 and how people affected by climate change can have input into solving the problem. In addition to her work with CCI, Isatis is a doctoral candidate in cryospheric science at Rutgers University.

Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters from around the world gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker. 

Find the recording on CCL Community HERE.

Resources
CCL Community is a website just for volunteers. It has tons of trainings and resources on topics from lobbying, policy, how to approach different groups, to skills like how to write a letter or use twitter. You can also 'Connect with Others' on nationwide Action Teams

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