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BCA progress update: our projects are settled + opportunity for action.

From: Nick B.
Sent on: Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:40 PM

Dear Bozeman Climate Alliance,

Another Sunday, another blanket of clouds swaddling our fair city, and another update regarding the Bozeman Climate Alliance.

First, our projects are settled: we'll oppose increased coal export from Montana, and we'll establish a local/regional climate change speaker's bureau. We've chosen two projects in an attempt to balance the need for focus vs the need for diversity, and we've chosen these two in particular both for enthusiasm they've garnered and because they complement each other well: the weaknesses of the one are the strengths of the other. If we find we're spread too thin or thick, we'll adjust.

Our next monthly Bozeman Climate Meeting will be focused on the coal effort, and shortly after, we'll hold a separate meeting for those interested in establishing the speaker's bureau.

As mentioned in last week's update, there's another group in Bozeman (as yet unnamed), initiated by Marshall Swearingen and Jeff Milchen (of Reclaim Democracy) and composed of about 30 people, which has already begun the work of establishing a campaign against coal export. Because there's strength in numbers and because they've already established the foundation for this work, we'll join forces with them for this project.

Accordingly, the next BCA meeting (on June 26 at the Bozeman Library) will be a combined meeting with Marshall and Jeff's group. At the meeting, we'll discuss the work of the various working groups and discuss how to proceed, among other things. We'll send out an agenda as the meeting approaches. 
Marshall and Jeff's group has already established working groups for the coal project, and we encourage you to join them in advance of the next meeting. I've listed the working groups below along with contacts. We have a lovely opportunity to form a big, influential group here - we entreat you to come to the next meeting and to help make it so.


Education/outreach Group

Function: to raise awareness and participation in the issue around Bozeman generally

Contact: Alex Aston ([address removed])


Networking Group

Function: to develop connections and solidarity with to other groups in town/region/state

Contact: Hannah Roush ([address removed])


City Resolution Group

Function: to push the Bozeman city government to adopt policies to discourage increased Montana coal export

Contact: Faith Rose ([address removed])


State Policy Group

Function: To explore policies related to coal export, such as an increase in severance tax

Contact: Tom Woods ([address removed])

Other business: as you'll recall, we held a meeting the week before last to make sure that those of us interested in the management of the Bozeman Climate Alliance are comfortable with it's structure. We had about 11 attendees and we agreed to go forward with the current structure, and revisit it in a few months time to determine whether any changes are needed.

The Steering Committee is presently composed of Zak Zakovi, Marshall Swearingen, and Nick Bentley. We're likely to add one or two more in the near future.

The Advisory Board is presently composed of: Tad Sweet, Dick Brooks, and Jennifer Boyer, with more to be added soon.

There are no events on our calendar this week - if you're starved for climate action (and who isn't?), please join the working groups listed above.

If you know of upcoming events related to climate change which we've missed, please let me know soon, or you can post the event to the Bozeman Climate Alliance calendar directly (and more generally please add events related to climate change to the calendar as you discover them)

If you have suggestions/questions/comments about how the group is proceeding, don't hesitate to share them. You can post them privately by sending them to me (and I'll share them with the steering committee), or publicly by posting to the message board or the mailing list.

Trying to be succinct believe it or not,

Nick Bentley

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