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BILLINGS  Chapter meeting Wed. May 19, 7 pm
BOZEMAN Chapter meeting Mon. May 17, 7pm
FLATHEAD VALLEY Action meeting Thurs. May 20, 5pm.  Mix & Master Fri. May 28, 4:30pm
HELENA Chapter meeting Mon. May 17, 5:00pm
MISSOULA  Chapter meeting Mon. May 17, 7pm
CCL Montana May 2021 Newsletter
Hi !

Our Members of Congress need to see concern about climate change from all Montanans, which is why we are inviting folks from the far corners of our state to an engaging talk by Dr. Scott Denning from Colorado State University called "Simple. Serious. Solvable." Can you help by inviting a friend? You can share this facebook event or forward this newsletter. Registration is easy at

The other way we can we can convince them to act is by having our supporters call them once a month. It's super easy, because CCL sends you an email reminder with the link and script all right there! Go to to sign up! 

From weird weather to finding fame in print, we're sure our May newsletter has something for you.  Let's not waste any more time so you can get started with climate action right away!

We'll "see" you around the state.  Thanks for everything you do to build political will for a livable planet.  
Robin and Kristen
CCL Montana  Events
Thursday May 20th Weird Weather Webinar

Conserving Our Future: the What and Why of Weird Weather
Thursday May 20th, 7pm-8:15 pm

Our featured speaker is Dr. Scott Denning from Colorado State University, who’ll explain weird weather in a way that makes sense in his talk ‘Simple. Serious. Solvable’. Plus, he’ll be open to any questions you have! 

We’ll also hear from a panel on how these trends impact our health, our pocketbooks, and our food, and show how effective solutions can bring real opportunities for a more healthy and prosperous America.

  • Retired Billings pediatrician Marian Kummer
  • Clearwater Credit Union’s Paul Herendeen
  • Logan Mannix from Mannix Grassfed Beef

You’ll come away with a more solid understanding of why carbon dioxide is a problem, how the changing climate may affect you, your family and your town, and that there are solutions we all can agree on that will conserve our forests, agriculture, rivers, and air for future generations.

Denning is author of more than 100 papers in the professional climate literature, he’s served on advisory panels for the US Department of Energy, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation. As a young man he was a geologist working in the oil industry in Montana and North Dakota. He has presented to a variety of groups, including the Heartland Institute.

Share the facebook event or forward this newsletter.

CCL Around the State
Join a Montana Print Media Team

Hey you!  (Yes, you!)  Are you looking for fame, fortune and the undying adulation of readers throughout Montana?  Then look no further than the state-wide “Press Media Writing Group” led by Mary Mulcaire-Jones or the Flathead Valley Chapter "Letter To the Editor Team" led by Laura Reynolds.  

Ok, maybe there is no money or bright lights, but you do get the thrill of seeing your words and name in print!  If you feel intimidated by the task, never fear!  One of the beauties of these teams is exactly that – it’s a team, and the other members can help you with everything from identifying topics to writing and editing!  

You would be a critical part of the effort to continue and enhance publicity about carbon pricing and the EICDA, and your work may even recruit new members to CCL! 

Come on, give it a try!

Lobby the President from your Mailbox
We are hearing reports from across Montana that our postcards are going out to President Biden in Washington DC.  Sister Ann in our Billings chapter is a superstar!  She bought and stamped 25 postcards then gave them to friends who all sent in their personal message.

It's not too late to write.  Get a free postcard mailed through the MyPostcard app.  See to get started. 

Feel free to use your own phrasing (carbon tax, carbon fee, carbon price) and highlight whichever policy benefits you're most excited about (emissions reductions, spurring business innovation, or any others). You might tie in the photo on the front of your postcard to talk about your inspiration behind climate action.

Or you can drop your own postcard in the mail:

President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Write one today!

Bonus action: Take a photo or screenshot then post the image and message you used for your postcard to your social media and tag @POTUS
CCL Montana Action Teams
Join our statewide Action Teams! 
Help our Members of Congress support Carbon Pricing

Most meetings and events can be found on the Montana CCL Community Page.
MT Grassroots Action Team
CCL Community Page
Contact: Kristen 

The next BIG EVENT we are hosting is "Conserving our Future: The What and Why of Weird Weather" on May 20th at 7 pm .  REGISTER
Help us spread the word by emailing groups, posting on calendars, social media and more! We can work togehter via zoom! Join us Friday May 7 at 1 pm to get your toolkit or contact Kristen!
Come join the fun in brainstorming, organizing, promoting, and/or running events across our state.
MT Lobby Action Teams
CCL Community Page
Contact  Anne Geiger at

We are gearing up for June Lobby Days!  Teams forming now.
Get in the thick of it! Join MOC Liaison teams (Member of Congress) and lobby Congress.  Or if you like behind-the-scenes work, volunteer to help research MOCs, track their social media, Identify influencers endorsers, and/or help develop strategy for our lobby meetings. Contact Anne to help.

Calling our MOC offices is one of the most important things you can do to add "Climate" to their tally of reasons constituents call.  The CCL Monthly Calling Campaign provides us scripts and phone numbers to Sens. Daines and Tester, and Rep. Rosendale's DC offices.  Sign up here:

"We tried to get our pets to call Congress about climate, but we didn’t get very far."  Click to see what happened.
MT Grasstops Action Teams
Robin (Architecture and Construction) at,
Kristen (Agriculture) and Anne at 

EICDA Endorsements: We are actively seeking endorsements for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act!  Recent Montana successes:
  • Wood Roots Construction, Whitefish LINK
  • MDI Verify Inc. dba Merlin Locate Services, Columbia Falls LINK
  • Loci Architecture + Design LLC, Missoula LINK
  • Hone Architects and Builders, Missoula LINK
See the endorsements map HERE for all Montana endorsers. Join us to round up some more!

Agriculture Outreach:  We've had several interviews with Montana ranchers and farmers over the past few months as part of an Agriculture Outreach project.  Know any ranchers or farmers who are concerned about the climate?  We'd love to speak with them.  Send referrals to Kristen.  Or, join our team of interviewers!
MT Diversity and Inclusion Team
Contact:  Kathy at

Thursday, May 13th at 6 pm:  Book Study on BRAIDING SWEETGRASS: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. (2013, 2020)
We will be talking about the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, known in the Onandaga language as Words that Come Before all Else.
Same ZOOM line as last time and all are welcome.  You don't have to have read the book.  We will meet every other Thursday at 6pm until May 27 to read the other sections.  Contact Kathy at for more information

Also join Kathy on the CCL Listening to Indigenous Voices Action Team
CCL Diversity Resources HERE
MT Media Action Teams
CCL Community Page

Press Media Writing Group
Contact:  Mary at 
7-8pm Thursday May 6:  Group meeting;  Link and Information on the Montana Media Team Event page. 
This statewide group shares ideas for LTE's, helps with editing, and offers support for regular submissions to local media. 

Social Media Team 
Contact Maria Paula at
Follow us on our New Montana CCL Social Media! Learn how to lobby with social media
CCL Montana Chapter Meetings
Next Meeting:  Wednesday  May 19, 7pm
Location:  Online.  Details on the Billings CCL Community calendar HERE.  All chapter members will receive an email with connection info. 

Contact: Lori at
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Billings
Next Meeting: Monday, May 17, 7pm
Location:  Online.  Zoom link is on our our BCCL Community event page HERE, or email contact below if you can't get in! 
Meet people as concerned about cliamte as you are!
Contact:  Kristen, Joe, or Deborah at
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Bozeman
Action Meeting:  Thursday, May 20, 5pm
Location:  Online.  Details on CCL Community event page HERE.  All chapter members will receive an email with connection info.
Ready to jump in and take action!  This meeting is for you.  We are exercising CCL's 5 levers and building political will for a livable planet.

Mix and Master:  Friday, May 28, 4:30pm
Location:  Online.  Details on the Flathead Valley CCL Community calendar HERE or email Contact below for details.  All chapter members will receive an email with connection info.  
Combining socializing with some learning.  Join the fun!

Contact:  Robin or Angie at
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Flathead Valley
Next Meeting:  Monday May 17, 5pm NEW TIME
Location:  Online.  Details on Helena CCL Community event page HERE or email Contact below.  All chapter members will receive an email with connection info.

Temporary Contact:  Kristen at
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Helena
Next Meeting:  Monday May 17, 7pm
Location:  Online.  Details on Missoula CCL Community calendar event page HERE or email Contact below.  All chapter members will receive an email with connection info.

Contact:  Mary at
CCL Community Chapter Page:  MT Missoula

NO CHAPTER IN YOUR TOWN? You've got options!
  • Go to an online meeting in one of the other chapters
  • Attend the national call (see below)!
  • Join a MT Action Team or a national Action Team
  • Or, help us start a chapter! 
Contact Kristen Walser, State Co-coordinator, to discuss the possibilities or arrange a Climate Advocate Training. Even a few people can make a difference!  Email
National CCL Events

May Speaker

May Monthly Meeting w/ Andres Jimenez, Green 2.0 Executive Director

People of color are likely to be the most impacted by environmental and climate degradation. And yet, they are typically the most underrepresented in environmental organizations and the national conversation about cleaning up our environment. Our guest this month is Andrés Jimenez, Executive Director of Green2.0, an organization dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices being heard at the table when it comes to environmental justice. Before joining Green2.0, Andres was Senior Director of Government Affairs for Citizens' Climate Lobby. Before that, he was Associate Director of Government Relations at Ocean Conservancy. He has also worked on the Hill in the offices of Rep. Linda Sanchez and Rep. Howard Berman.

Watch Saturday May 8 at 11 MST:
Find the recording on CCL Community HERE.

CCL June 2021 Online Conference

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

You may need to reset your password. If you have problems, contact

Articles of Note
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Our Approach to Climate Change 

The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Utility Workers of America urge Support for Coal Workers
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