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Bozeman Climate Alliance Message Board › Update on Our Progress and Other Pleasant News

Update on Our Progress and Other Pleasant News

A former member
Dear Bozeman Climate Alliance Members,

Greetings on this overcast Sunday (Bozeman seems to be impersonating Seattle this week).

I'm writing for two reasons: first, to describe where we stand in the wake of the last monthly BCA meeting and second, to alert you to climate-related events in Bozeman for the coming week. 
Of the projects discussed at the last monthly BCA meeting, two garnered more enthusiasm than the others:

  • The campaign to oppose Montana Coal Export (and possibly participating in this campaign).
  • The establishment of a local/regional Climate Change Speaker's Bureau (or whatever it will be called when we think of an unterrible name for it).

We may pursue both of these goals. Our steering committee will meet in a few days time to discuss our plans around them, and will provide more information about both possibilities next week.

In connection with the coal export action, last week, Marshall Swearingen and Jeff Milchen (of Reclaim Democracy) held a meeting to organize a response to the coal issue. The meeting was a success: there were about 20 in attendance (including some BCA members), several thoughtful ideas about how to oppose coal export were aired, and working groups were formed pursue the most promising among them.

To be effective in opposing coal export, the efforts of the BCA should perhaps be combined with those of Marshall and Jeff's group. For this reason, the next monthly BCA meeting may be a combined meeting with Marshall and Jeff's group. Stay tuned for more information about this possibility.

We will soon post more information about when and where the working groups for that effort will be meeting in the coming week; we hope that some of you join them ahead of the next monthly BCA meeting.

Upcoming Climate-Related Events in Bozeman:

This week we have two non-BCA events on our calendar.

  • Faces of Fracking - at noon on Monday, June 4th, at the Bozeman Public Library, two rural farm women who have direct, personal experience with the effects of fracking wells on or near their property will share their experiences and offer advice to Bozemanites on how to best ensure the safety of their water,land, and families. The event is being organized by Montana Women For, which includes our own Linda Kenoyer.
  • Permaculture Film Night - at 7pm on Wednesday, June 6th at the Bozeman Public Library, there will be a screening of the film Garbage Warrior, about an architects struggle to promote radically sustainable housing. This is part on ongoing film series organized by Broken Ground.

Finally, a request from BCA member Megan Drimal:

David Rovics, a musician who makes social-issues music, will be Montana for part of June and Megan is looking to help put together a concert, perhaps a house-concert, for him on either June 14 or 15. If you have an idea for a possible venue or would like to help Megan find one, please contact her (do so through Megan's meetup page, here­).

Thanks and stay classy,

Nick Bentley
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