The Iowa chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), in collaboration with the Sunrise Movement, Interfaith Power & Light, farmers and the Climate Reality Project, will host “99 Counties for Climate Action,” an online education event.
“Inspiring Climate Action in Your County” is the theme for the one-hour Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.
The online event includes a range of speakers from industry, nonprofit organizations and faith communities all sharing ideas for engagement in every part of Iowa.
Planned topics include how farmers can lead climate action, faith community initiatives, engaging rural Iowans on climate and the power of grassroots and youth activism.
Scheduled speakers and topics include: Leslie Sand of Decorah, who will discuss the monthly calling campaigns; Matt Russell, Interfaith Power & Light, who will address how farmers can be leaders in climate action; Jan Morris, Climate Reality Project, will provide thoughts on engaging rural Iowans on climate; Rob Hach will discuss alternative energy; Ayla Boylen (also known as Ayla the Climate Striker), will speak on youth activism and Sunrise Movement; and Phil Engen will discuss the power of grassroots organizing.
The live stream event is free and open to the public.
How to participate
Participants should register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspiring-climate-action-in-your-county- tickets-150107540695.
CCL supports the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307), designed to drive down America’s carbon pollution by 30% in the first five years with a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
As of Monday, April 26, 41 members of the U.S. House of Representatives had signed on to the legislation. Currently no members of the Iowa delegation are cosigners yet.
“Sometimes people agree that climate change is a threat to our children and grandchildren but feel powerless,” said Jackie Armstrong, event co-chair. The May 4 event will offer hope and confidence that solutions are available, and empower people to take action.” Armstrong currently serves as a Soil & Water Commissioner in Mitchell County.