Activism by Southwest Michigan Group Sierra Club Members: Dana Mains Working With the Citizens Climate Lobby

Dana Mains joined fellow members of the Citizens Climate Lobby in Washington.

Citizens Climate LobbyFor four days, June 21-24, about a thousand members of Citizens Climate Lobby joined CCL’s 2015 Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference in Washington, DC. About a thousand volunteers met directly with our US Senators and Representatives to lobby on behalf of the carbon fee and dividend program. Dana Mains, a Fennville Sierra Club member and one of the founders of CCL Kalamazoo, was there.

Dana and Grace

Dana and Grace Mains

Dana says:

I got into this because I know we need system-level changes, we have to act now, and all our children’s futures depend on us.  As a new mom, this takes on even more depth of urgency and meaning. And, if Dr. James Hansen says we should do it, I will listen! Learn more on our website, or see us on FB (Citizen’s Climate Lobby Kalamazoo), or email me to get involved.

The registration deadline to join CCL’s lobbyists in Washington is midnight Sunday, May 31. Click here to join your fellow citizens and explain carbon fee and dividend to your representatives.

Sunday and Monday, June 21 and 22, were training days for the Conference, loaded with Citizens Climate Lobby speakers and special presentations. CCL members got to know their leaders and fellow lobbyists, became more knowledgeable about climate change, learned more about the carbon fee and dividend plan, and got up to speed on the ins and outs of dealing with politicians. Tuesday and Wednesday were work days, lobbying our representatives in the House and Senate. See the full schedule and FAQs here.

CCL-lobby-infoMany who couldn’t make it to Washington joined CCL’s phone and social media barrage. On Monday, June 22, CCL’s Congressional Climate Message Day, thousands from all over the US called their members of Congress to tell them that the time is ripe for legislation that puts a price on carbon.

The Kalamazoo CCL Chapter can show you more ways to help. They meet on the first Saturday of every month at the Friend’s Meeting House, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo, from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.