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Sunday Update: Commission Meeting on Coal, Speakers' Bureau Organizational Meeting, and Training

A former member
Dear Bozeman Climate Alliance,

Here's your friendly weekly update regarding all things Climate Change in Bozeman:

Monday Commissioners Meeting Concerning Coal Traffic Through Bozeman

First, tomorrow (Monday) night at 5:30pm at the Bozeman City Hall Commission Room, the Bozeman City Commission will hear a special presentation by Montana Rail Link in defense of increased coal traffic through Bozeman.

We intend to use the meeting to register our reservations about the plan to increase coal traffic. To this end, a group of concerned citizens called the Bozeman Community Coal Action Group, (in which the Bozeman Climate Alliance is a participant), has requested and recieved ten minutes on the agenda to present a resolution requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepare a comprehensive Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on the cumulative impacts of new and expanded coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon and hold public hearings in Bozeman.

Following that, there will be time for public comment, and representatives from different organizations in town will spell out their criticisms.

For more about the meeting, see this Chronicle article.

We invite you to attend, support our contingent, and if you wish, to speak during the public comment period. If you decide to speak, you must limit your remarks to 3 minutes and we request that you prepare your remarks beforehand, so that all the speakers are polished. Also, if you're a homeowner, say so, and wear nice clothes.

If you attend, and you wish to visually demonstrate your opposition to increased coal traffic, there will be someone handing out stickers to that effect which you can wear.

Speakers' Bureau Organizational Meeting

Changing gears, on Tuesday, at 6:30 pm, at Nick Bentley's house, there will be an organizational meeting to set the groundwork for a local/regional Climate Change Speakers' Bureau. Live presentations are one of the most compelling forms of communication, and using them, we believe we can raise awareness about the crisis forcefully and quickly.

If you're interested in participating in the effort, either as a speaker or through organizing/strategezing, please attend and lend us your mind. It'll be low key and replate with snacks, refreshments and interesting conversation. training

Finally, looking a little further into the future: On Sunday, July 15, organizers from the international climate activism group are flying to Bozeman (on their own dime, no less), and will be training anyone interested in the fundamentals of climate activism. is one of the most effective climate activism groups in the world and they'll have much to share with us. Don't miss it.

We don't have a firm location for the event yet, but will in the next day or two. As soon as we have a location, I'll post another email to you with details.

Thanks and Stay Classy,

Nick Bentley  

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