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BOZEMAN Chapter meeting Mon. Apr. 18th, 7pm
MSU CCL CLUB Meeting Thurs. April 7th at 6 pm 149 NAH
FLATHEAD VALLEY Action Meeting Tues. Apr. 19th, 12 noon
HELENA Chapter meeting Wed. Apr. 20th, 5pm
MISSOULA  Chapter meeting Sat. Apr. 9th, 10am 
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Montana CCL April 2022 Newsletter
LET'S GO VIRAL!
Click on Sabrina's photo to see and like her video on Twitter
MSU student @citizensclimate volunteer Sabrina Morgan explains why she took part in the #100snowmen challenge
Click the overdressed snowman for Instagram and Montana Hall for Facebook
Speak Up!!
Hello !

April is Earth Month, and she needs you to speak up about climate change!

Consider talking to friends, writing to the paper, getting loud on social media, contacting Members of Congress, or helping with a new Ad Campaign!
Check out all these opportunities in this month's newsletter.

Research shows that Mary Poppins was right, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down when we approach people about climate. Sometimes that sugar might be humor, as we attempted in our #100Snowmen Challenge last month, music, art, or simply having a trusted messenger (you) offer an effective solution that doesn't hurt our pocketbooks (#carboncashback). 

So here's something you can do right now. Click on the fun pictures/video above, like them, write a comment, and share it on facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Including the hastag #bipartisanclimate or #grassrootsclimate will take them to a CCL webpage. It's not exactly like talking to friends in person, but it can help get the message out to people you know, and amplify our Montana CCL media channels.

You can also think of it as a tool, like writing a letter to Congress or marching in the street, because your can direct your message to elected officials by including their handle in the message, e.g., the President's handle is @POTUS. Please be respecful - remember the sugar.  

Novice? Here's a CCL Community training on how to get started with social media.

Social Media regular? Take advantage of the easy weekly suggested posts in the Social Media Toolkit. It  shares interesting articles or quotes by influencial people.

Got a few minutes a week? Join our statewide Social Media team

If 100 of you like/share the video and the photos, our dynamite MT social media team will make sure our members of Congress see it! 

Have a Happy and Active Earth Month!
Kristen and Robin
Take Action
April is "Earth Month"
Find an Event Near You
Our chapters are gathering together to participate in Earth Day events across the state  Meet with us at an event near you!


Billings Citizens' Climate Lobby is holding a Highway Clean-up
  • Saturday April 16th, 9 to 11am: Meet at Earl Gus Park, 148 Bench Blvd, Billings, MT 59105

Bozeman Citizens' Climate Lobby is tabling at the Gallatin Valley Earth Day Celebration
  • Saturday April 23rd from 10am  - 3 pm at the Emerson. Our popular #100Snowmen Cardboard Cutout Snowman will be available fo dress up and pose for a photo with. One message is that we need our snowpack to last well into summer, and a #carboncashback can help!

Citizens' Climate Lobby MSU is tabling at the Sustainabilibash and doing trail clean up with the Outdoors club TBD
  • Friday April 22 from 11 - 3 pm on the Centennial Mall, MSU

Flathead Valley Citizens' Climate Lobby has Tabling and a Clean-up:
  • Friday, April 22 10am - 3pm:  Join us for tabling at the Flathead Valley Community College Earth Day event hosted by the FVCC Environmental Club. Location: Library classroom.  Professor Christina Relyea will speak from 12 – 1 regarding the science of climate change.
  • Saturday, May 7th, 9:30am: Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited and Montana FWP are co-sponsoring a Fishing Access Site cleanup day at the Old Steel Bridge Fishing Access Site on the Flathead River. Join fellow chapter members to help.  Meet near the boat ramp for coffee, juice and doughnuts and to get your clean-up assignment. Dress for light hiking and bring sunscreen and water. To get there take Holt Stage Road off Conrad Drive and gather on the west end of the boat ramp.

Missoula Citizens' Climate Lobby is helping with a New School Garden:
  • Saturday April 16th, 9-12: Join our group for an Earth Day service project at Russell Elementary School. We will be helping with the new school garden project, moving dirt and planting seeds. For more info contact Mary at Missoula@citizensclimatelobby.org.
Drop - Water Connects Us All: Film Screening and Discussion (online)
Join us for a short film and discussion
Wednesday, April 13th, 7pm.

Register HERE

The film "Drop" by Hilary Hutcheson follows a single drop of water on its journey from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean, showing how changes to the climate may derail that journey with massive consequences.
After the short film, stay for a discussion with our panel:
  • Hilary Hutcheson: Nationally recognized in the fly-fishing guide industry. Owner of Lary’s Fly & Supply.
  • Hilary Lindh: World Champion and Olympic Medalist Alpine Ski Racer. Program Director and Head Coach, Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation.
  • David Brooks: Executive Director, Montana Trout Unlimited.
It's time to check your VOTER REGISTRATION
Be ready to take part in upcoming elections.  Check your voter registration status using the "My Voter Pager": 
https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/
If you are not registered or if you need to update your registration, you will find links on this site to help you.

The Montana Free Press has put together a voter guide:
"How to get your vote on in 2022:  From key deadlines to new registration requirements, here's a quick guide to accessing and casting your ballot in Montana this year."

Election dates:
May 3, 2022: Local school board elections
June 7, 2022:  Primary Election
November 8, 2022: General Election
Featured CCL Montana Success
#100Snowmen Challenge - Fun Day for All!
On a sunny 50 degree Saturday in March, Snowmen appeared around the state in our first ever #100Snowmen Challenge social (and social media) event

In Bozeman, 20 students at Montana State University took over Centennial Mall with a brigade of disappearing snowmen! Their message was simple and clear. Time is melting away to get to #50%ReductionBy2030! As the snowman says, you 'Can't ski without me!'

Meanwhile, across town 40 people gathered at dog-friendly Peets Hill in Bozeman to get their picture taken with a cardboard snowman decked out with sunglasses, fishing gear, and other fun props.What are 100 snowmen on a mountain? A Snow Pack! And we need them to last till summer for our fish and our drinks!

Snowmen even appeared at the Bridger Bowl and Whitefish ski areas!
Montana CCL Upcoming Meetings
Statewide Teams
Montana Print Media Team
Next meeting: Thursday April 21st at 12 pm noon. 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 April 19th, 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
Next meeting: Tuesday April 4th, 4pm.  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.  Email Robin Paone to get connected: with this team at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org

Volunteer Job Opportunity:  Design Work!
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

Take Action Montana Ad Campaign NEW
Take Action Montana is a new Montana Citizens’ Climate initiative designed to promote climate education and public action on climate across the state through a multimedia ad campaign.  All forms of media, from the multitude of digital and streaming media, to radio, television, and posters will be pursued to get the word out. Join us and put your skills in designing ads, working with media, and fundraising to work for the climate. Contact Paul Buck for more information at Missoula@citizensclimatelobby.org
Chapters
Go to your chapter page on the CCL Community Website to find the event listing.

BILLINGS
Highway Clean-up Sat. April 16th, 9-11am. Meet at Earl Gus Park, 148 Bench Blvd, Billings, MT 59105
(No regular meeting this month)
Contact: Lori or Marya at Billings@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Billings

BOZEMAN
Chapter Meeting: Mon. Apr. 18, 7 pm  Online
   Gallatin Valley Earth Day at the Emerson Sat. April 23, 10 - 3 pm Schedule of events HERE
MSU CCL Club Meeting: Thursday April 7 at 6 pm in 149 Norm A Hall (Meets about every 2 weeks)
   Sustainabilibash: Fri. April 22, 11 - 3pm on Centennial Mall
Contact: Kristen or Emma (for MSU) at Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Bozeman

FLATHEAD VALLEY
Action Meeting: Tues. Apr. 19, 12 noon, Online
Cleanup Day at Fishing Access Site: Sat. May 7th 9:30am.  Meet at the Old Steel Bridge Fishing Access Site on the Flathead River, near the Boat Ramp. To get there take Holt Stage Road off Conrad Drive and gather on the west end of the boat ramp.
Tabling: Friday, April 22 10am - 3pm. Join us for tabling at the Flathead Valley Community College Earth Day event hosted by the FVCC Environmental Club. Location: Library classroom.
Contact: Robin or Angie at FlatheadValley.mt@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Flathead Valley

HELENA
Chapter Meeting: Wed. Apr. 20, 5 pm  online
Contact: Kristen at Bozeman@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Helena
 
MISSOULA
Chapter Meeting: Sat.. Apr. 9th, 10am at Missoula Public Library
Service Project: Saturday April 16th, 9-12: Join our group for an Earth Day service project at Russell Elementary School.
Contact: Mary or Dave at Missoula@citizensclimatelobby.org
CCL Community Chapter Page: MT Missoula
 
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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
New National Campaign:  STAND WITH UKRAINE
Since Putin's invasion of Ukraine we’ve all seen the calls to “drill, drill, drill”, and the President and some members of Congress pushing back on that with a clean energy agenda. We want to make sure the President and members of Congress know there is support from their constituents for prioritizing clean energy as a way to avoid unreliable and volatile foreign markets and achieve real energy independence, clean air, and reduce the power of autocrats and dictators. 

The take action button below will help you quickly email President Biden and our Congressional delegation to urge them to work together to prioritize, in whatever reconciliation package that moves forward, strong climate provisions that quickly transition the U.S. away from fossil energy and also achieve our emission reduction goals. Thank you!
TAKE ACTION NOW
April Monthly Call
April Monthly Speaker: Keishaa Austin, Head of Engagement and Partnerships at Rewiring America
Saturday April 9th, 11AM MDT

#ElectrifyEverthing is the hot hashtag of late, especially in light of the invasion of Ukraine, the sanctions against Russia and the need to end our fossil fuel dependency. Joining us this month is Keishaa Austin from Rewiring America, which is working to launch a movement to electrify everything, starting with our nation's 121 million households. Their latest policy brief, the Electrify for Peace Policy Plan, calls for ramping up American capacity to manufacture and install heat pumps in Europe and the U.S. 
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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
Resources

April 2nd, Montana State students who are members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers hosted their 3rd annual Climate Conference on campus. The first speaker, Dr. Ben Poulter, gave a sobering talk. A former MSU professor who has worked at the Goddard Space Center/NASA since 2016, Poulter siad we have a 67% chance that we will overshoot our 2030 goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50%. The good news is, our actions today can change that course, and as soon as we stop burning fossil fuels altogether, temperatures will stabilize.
 
In a World on Fire, Stop Buring Things, by Bill McKibben in the New Yorker March 18, 2022
McKibben will also be speaking about university divestment on April 6th at 11 am in a webinar hosted by the MSU Campus Climate Coalition and the MSU Leadership Institute.
 

Collective Illusions  Conformity, Complicity, and the Science of Why We Make Bad Decisions, by Todd Rose.  Todd was a guest on episode 187 Feb.11, 2022 of the The Dispatch podcast. The author shares how easy it is for communities to go along with perceptions about what you think your neighbors think rather than what your neighbors really think. He offers ways that we can bridge the inference gap to transform ourselves and society.  One thing he repeatedly recommends is to speak up.
 
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