CLIMACTIC CHALLENGE

Organization promoting bipartisan solutions to climate issues

Lake Superior is shown nearly entirely frozen over in this NASA photo from 2009. It was the last year the world’s largest lake surface was covered by that much ice until 2019. Climate experts say such widespread ice cover is becoming rare as the climate changes, and the lake will experience lower average ice cover and for shorter durations in the years to come. (NASA photo)

By Ron Carnell
As continued spikes in average surface temperatures and surging ocean acidity produce increased physical evidence of climate change, it’s now more difficult than ever to ignore (or dismiss) what is perhaps the most daunting global environmental challenge of the 21st century. Yet too many of the world’s politicians and dirty-energy tycoons still refuse to concede that sharp reductions in fossil fuel usage must be made immediately, or by mid-century we may be forced to endure a much more volatile natural environment. Global scientific consensus warns that universal, bipartisan action must take the place of further debate. And much sooner rather than later. Supporting the view that climate change must be approached globally, rather than through partisan indecision, is the worldwide Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
Started in 2007, CCL aims to give a voice to anyone who recognizes the urgency of climate change through membership and contributions to global government lobbying efforts. CCL has an advisory board, governing board, national and regional level staff, and over 500 chapters worldwide comprised mainly of volunteers.
“The Marquette chapter became active in February 2017, after I listened to the weekly intro call and was contacted by one of the Great Lakes Regional Co-Coordinators, Elizabeth Dell,” said Marquette group leader, Kristen Carlson.
“Our chapter is comprised entirely of volunteers, and I coordinate local efforts which contribute collectively on the federal level,” said Carlson, when asked how U.P. outreach fits on the national scale.
“We also have someone in charge of writing letters to the editors of local papers, with another volunteer in charge of tabling and other outreach activities.”
In just over a decade, CCL has the rare distinction of being an environmental group that successfully crosses the political divide. Through support from everyday citizens, the group was instrumental in bringing together US House Representatives from all points of the political spectrum to establish the House Climate Solutions Caucus. The aim is to keep the discussion alive on a federal level while addressing “causes, impacts, and challenges of our changing climate.” CCL also persuaded co-sponsors to get on board with the Republican Climate Resolution, another Washington DC voice for climate solutions…

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