Bozeman Citizens Climate Lobby
Tuesday May 6, 2014
Birthday Bash 6pm
Letter Writing/Conference Call 5pm
Come celebrate our first year! Actual birthday April 30, 2013 :)
Please RSVP to Kristen at [masked] or 551-0388.
In lieu of presents- Bring a letter on the latest IPCC report (see below) or write a letter at the party!
Dana Nuccitelli, from SkepticalScience.com, is the guest speaker on the 15 minute conference call at 5:30. He will give us some more letter ideas, as well as how to talk to skeptics.
Dinner around 6pm. Bring something for the grill or sides, BYOB.
Birthday Cake and non-alcoholic drinks provided!
Write letters to MoCs about IPCC report
Two reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were released this spring with both bad news and good. The bad news is that the impact of climate change, under a business-as-usual scenario, will be extremely severe, with average global temperatures possibly rising between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius, outpacing humanity’s ability to manage and adapt. The good news is that steps to mitigate climate change, by quickly moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, can contain warming to the 2C threshold most scientists think is manageable. This can be achieved with little or no negative impact on the global economy.
At our meeting this month:
Write a letter to your member of Congress to share the latest findings from the IPCC and ask for their support for a carbon tax that returns revenue to households. In your letters, you can also reference climate impacts you saw in Years of Living Dangerously.
Talking points from the IPCC reports:
• Climate change has already cut into the global food supply. Global crop yields are beginning to decline – especially for wheat – raising doubts as to whether production could keep up with population growth.
• Warming in the Arctic is melting permafrost that releases methane – a greenhouse gas with 30 times the potency of CO2 – creating a dangerous feedback loop.
• The report warned for the first time that climate change, combined with poverty and economic shocks, could lead to war and drive people to leave their homes.
• The report said climate change was driving recent heat waves and droughts, and was a risk factor for wildfires.
• We’ve already burned more than half of our “carbon budget” to stay within 2C of warming, and we’re on track to exceed the budget in the coming decades.
• To reduce the risk of climate disaster, there must be a fundamental shift in global investment from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
• Contrary to popular belief, the cost of mitigating climate change is miniscule – slowing annual economic growth by only 0.06 percent.
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Sen. Tester or Sen. Walsh
Washington, DC 20510
1 Page 17 of the IPCC's AR5 WG3, summary for policymakers:
Questions? Email [masked] or call Kristen at[masked]