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Bozeman Climate Alliance Message Board › Sunday Update: Bozeman Commission Meeting on Coal, training (!)

Sunday Update: Bozeman Commission Meeting on Coal, training (!), and Enviropreneurs

A former member
Dear Bozeman Climate Alliance,

A few notes on the past week coming weeks. We'll start with the past and move to the future because that's how physics does it.

Earlier this week, we had our monthly meeting, this one in collaboration with Reclaim Democracy and a citizen's action group in Bozeman dedicated to opposing Montana coal export. The minutes are still in preparation and will be posted soon, but in the meantime I'd like to relate a key result:

On July 9 at 5:30 pm, the Bozeman City Commission will hear a presentation from Montana Rail Link to advocate for increased coal traffic through Bozeman. Our efforts until then will be heavily centered on organizing opposition speakers to talk during the public comment period at the meeting.

We're looking for members of the community, property owners, and domain experts to speak in the following areas:

  • medical
  • emergency responders
  • university
  • tech industry
  • hospitality industry (e.g. hotel managers)
  • outdoor industry (ski, etc)
  • religious communities
  • nonprofit community
  • construction industry
  • downtown association
  • agriculture/nursery
  • chamber of commerce

If you work in any of these areas and are willing speak briefly (3 minutes are allotted for each commenter) in opposition to increased coal traffic through Bozeman, contact me, Nick Bentley (

This is an opportunity to participate meaningfully in an important issue bearing on climate change. Let's never forget that climate change has become a grave problem (even if most of us aren't quite aware of how grave it has become) and humanity is probably in trouble in the coming decades unless many more of us get active in pushing for change. We can't afford to cross our fingers and hope for the best as we have been. This is one way to get active.

If you don't want to speak but would like to help in another way, we need people to write editorials to local publications; contact me if you're interested in doing so.

We started a google group to help in this organizing. If you'd like to get involved, sign up for it and introduce yourself there.

Other Stuff

We have an opportuntity to bring trainers from the international climate activist group to come to Bozeman and train members of the community in organizing effectively to address climate change. This could be a great thing because is one of the best in the business. The date isn't firm yet, but it will probably be either on July 14 or 15. Stay tuned.

We don't yet have a date for the first meeting to organize the climate speakers' bureau which we will build, but it'll most likely be in the evening sometime between July 9 and 13. If you're interested in attending the meeting, email me your availability on those evenings, so that I can identify a good time.

Finally, there's only one event on the climate calendar for the coming week, and an unusual one at that. A group called PERC holds an annual program called Enviropreneur Institute, which is a business incubator program for startups designed to solve environmental problems. This year's program is ending this week and the participating entrepreneurs will give presentations about their efforts on Friday starting at 3pm at the Riverside Country Club.

There were rumors of unfathomable things, and because we couldn't fathom them, we failed to believe them, until we had no choice and it was too late.


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