Dear Climate Advocates:
Hurricane Harvey, western wildfires and record heat, massive deadly flooding in south Asia – the fight against climate change and for a sustainable future has never been more urgent. It is critical to safeguard our people and our property from the dangers of future climate disasters.
The good news is we have climate solutions that work – they create good climate jobs, grow businesses, save consumers money, help farmers, and improve our health.
We also have great opportunities to get more informed and more involved in promoting a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to get involved and stay involved. Together, we can take the climate action we so urgently need for our future. Here are six upcoming action items:
1. O’Malley, Merkley Visit Iowa Sept. 9 and 10 – Two national leaders will be visiting Iowa this week. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will be visiting Davenport, Maquoketa, Dubuque, and North Liberty to support Democratic events on Sept. 9 and 10. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon will be speaking at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Des Moines on Sept. 10. This is a great chance to hear from and speak with these national leaders about the urgent need for climate action.
Here are the details:
> O’Malley at Jersey Grille in Davenport, Saturday, Sept. 9, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
> O’Malley at Timber Lanes in Maquoketa, Saturday, Sept. 9, 4:00 p.m.
> O’Malley at Dubuque Hall of Fame, Diamond Jo, Saturday, Sept. 9, 6:00 p.m.(ticket required)
> O’Malley at Rocky O’Brien’s Public House in North Liberty, Sunday, Sept. 10, noon
> Merkley at Progress Iowa Corn Feed, Simon Estes Amphitheatre, Des Moines, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ticket required)
2. Climate Reality Training in Pittsburgh (Application Deadline Sept. 12) – The Climate Reality Project is holding its next training October 17-19 in Pittsburgh, where Mayor Bill Peduto is fighting back against Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement. If you want to attend the training, the application deadline is September 12 at this link:
3. Iowa Interfaith Power & Light (Events Sept. 10, 11, 24, and Oct. 8) – Iowa Interfaith Power & Light has “food, faith, and climate” programs in Grundy Center (Sept. 10) and Washington (Oct. 8), along with presentations on climate justice in West Branch (Sept. 11) and Dubuque (Sept. 24). For details, visit: https://iowaipl.org/calendar/
4. Nebraska Elders for the Earth, Oct. 1-4 – Elders for the Earth is holding a retreat October 1-4 in Mahoney State Park between Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, primarily for people over age 50 who would like to be more informed and more involved in the climate action movement. I attended this last year and really enjoyed it. For details, visit: http://www.elders4theearth.
5. Comment to Save Fuel Economy Standards by Oct. 5 – The EPA is conducting what it calls a “midterm evaluation” of fuel economy standards adopting under the Obama Administration. Those standards are essential to reducing fossil fuel use, saving consumers money, and keep prices down for all consumers by reducing demand. Please speak up at this web page: https://www.epa.gov/
6. Citizens Climate Lobby Regional Conferences (Iowa, Indiana, New Mexico, Arizona) – Please join CCL for its weekly introductory call, its monthly conference calls, or one of its upcoming regional conferences in Okoboji, Iowa (Oct. 13-15), Cedar Lake, Indiana (Oct. 27-29), Sante Fe, New Mexico (Oct. 28-29), and Phoenix, Arizona (Nov. 3-5). For more details, visit:
I hope this information is helpful. Keep speaking up and taking action for the climate jobs and climate solutions we so urgently need.
State Senator Rob Hogg
Cedar Rapids, Iowa