The Year (So Far) in Review

Now at the halfway point of 2021, the Bloomburg Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is able to look back on some interesting experiences and achievements. A few of these include:

Meetings held with the Bloomsburg Town Council, the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce, the Montour Area Recreation Commission, and the Danville Borough Council, as well as a municipal resolution in favor of carbon pricing passed in Bloomsburg.

Endorsements received from the Bloomsburg University Economics Department and members of the Bloomsburg Ministerium.

Presentations delivered to the students of the Bloomsburg University Communication Studies Department and members of the Fishing Creek Watershed Association.

Six letters to the editor published in the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise.

And one meeting (so far) with staffers from Rep. Meuser’s office.

In the second half of the year, we hope to build on these initial successes, with new contributions from both town and university contingents. We also hope to resume in-person meetings. If you would like to join BloomCCL, simply send an email to bloomccl@gmail.com.

Letter #6 – Climate Action Should Unify Parties

Nationally, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby remains laser-focused on passing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act as a means to slashing America’s annual carbon emissions. Locally, members of our chapter are also concerned about the state of American democracy, especially as states such as Georgia and Texas have moved to curtail voting rights and to make voting more difficult. Since we rely on advocacy and persuasion to achieve our political goals, our efforts are directly threatened by a politics that hopes to weaken grassroots action. In our June letter, Eric C. Miller argues that American politics are in a bad place right now, but that large challenges provide us with opportunities to rise.

As always, learn more about the Energy Innovation Act here.

Letter #4 – PA Should Join Greenhouse Gas Plan

Our fourth letter of 2021 appeared in the Bloomsburg Press-Enterprise on Saturday, May 8. To learn more about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, check out this explainer from the Natural Resources Defense Council. For more on efforts to block Pennsylvania’s entry, see this recent piece from State Impact Pennsylvania.

March Endorsements

February and March were busy months for our chapter, featuring meetings with the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce, the Montour Area Recreation Commission, several student groups on campus, and staffers from Rep. Meuser’s office. After a productive meeting with the Bloomsburg Ministerium, we received an endorsement signed by representatives from six local congregations, demonstrating that local religious bodies are on board for carbon pricing. The full statement is available here.

January Endorsements

In January we secured our first two endorsements of the new year! On January 14 we received a statement of support from the Economics Department at Bloomsburg University, and on January 25 the Bloomsburg Town Council voted 6-0 to adopt our resolution in support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Both documents are filed on our Endorsements page, where we hope to add as many others as possible until Congress passes an effective carbon pricing bill. Stay tuned!

Letter #1 – Time to Act!

Today is the first day of the first full week of a brand new year and Bloomsburg CCL is back and re-branded, this time as a town chapter. After a strong start in 2019, the Covid crisis hit Bloomsburg University hard in 2020, and our chapter felt the pain. As part of our continuing adaptation to the state of things, we’ve decided to use our unwelcome new Zoom-based lifestyle to welcome in some new members from the greater Bloomsburg area. We are now bigger and stronger than before, with lots of ambitious plans for the new year. For information on how to get involved, please email us at bloomccl@gmail.com.

Our first letter of 2021 appeared on January 3 in the Press Enterprise. It is co-authored by chapter head Eric C. Miller and CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds.

Stay tuned for more developments! Read all about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act here.