1. Sue Skinner, EPA Specialist, Feb. 25, 2008, 7:30 p.m. United Methodist Church.
2. Pocatello’s Environmental Fair – April 2008 – Theme “Go Green”
1) Global Warming in Idaho (Monday, September 17, Wood River Dining Room at the Pond Student Union, ISU Campus). A forum involving Mayor Chase, the Idaho Conservation League, our group, and others. Topic: “Global Warming in Idaho: Where We Are and Where We’re Going”. RSVP to Josh Goyden, josh@conservationvo tersforidaho. org or 342-1264 by Sept. 12.
2) First Fall ICAN meeting, Monday, September 24, 2007 (Methodist Church, 7:30 pm). The agenda will be posted soon.
3) First Activism ICAN meeting, Monday October 1, 2007 (tentative): This meeting will be devoted to writing letters to the editor, to our state legislature, or to congress regarding an issue relevant to our group (pending legislation, etc.). Topic to be announced.
Recent Events: 1) Peter Murphy presented an overview talk on strategies to cope with accelerating climate change (“Tactics for reversing human-caused warming: Acting globally AND locally”) at the Sierra Club meeting, August 28. A pdf file of the slides is posted here. 2) Steve Smith from Swan Lake, Idaho talked about “Living off the grid”. Steve provided a wealth of information from his contracting experience in installing alternative energy sources for commercial and residential property. Steve described three systems: 1) Grid Tie (into the electrical company), 2) Stand Alone System (batteries – generators as backup), 3) Panel Direct.
Steve brought a solar panel for demonstration and example.
Steve said the bottom line on being off the grid inis that because of the cost of materials and equipment the home owner cannot get energy more cheaply with solar energy. At present Idaho Power electricity is cheap and our State does not have the incentives of other States. For example California has more incentives plus the electricity there is twice as expensive.
However, many of us would be willing to move to more renewable energy sources for the simple reason of getting away from energy produced by coal fired plants.
Steve suggested we lobby the State and Federal governments for more incentives. Much more info. can be found at the American Solar Energy Society
2) ICAN was present at the Pocatello Environmental Fair, April 28, Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, Tydeman/Optimists Park (E. of City Hall Buildings). The theme was CO2 + You. The fair was well attended and the afternoon temperature (80°F) was only three shy of the record high. ICAN passed out our brochure on a home energy saving tips, info. on global warming facts and contacts for climate action, and signed up new members. We also gave an energy conservation quiz in ~100 fair attendees participated.
There were some excellent booths at the air, including my favorites: composting tips and kits from the Century Treehuggers (an environmental group from Century High School)–email Meg Fleishman by May 5 if you want to purchase a compost starter bin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Switchback Energy Systems (our neighboring booth), with info. on wind and solar energy, plus energy saving appliances.Thanks to every one who helped with our booth and planning this great event for Pocatello.
3) ICAN was present passing out literature at the ISU Environmental Fair on April 27, Friday, 11-2 pm, Central Quad of ISU Campus. The event was lightly attended, suggesting either poor advertising, low-level activism on campus, end-of-the-semester burnout, or other unknown factors….. We were happy to be there passing out our home energy guides but were hoping to contact more students! Other groups present included Poky Freebikes, The E. Idaho Group of the Sierra Club, Audobon, and artisans selling some nice pottery.
4) We were very proud to have had between 125-175 participants at the Step-It-Up.2007 rally (link to photo) on Saturday, April 14, 2007 to encourage congress to cut CO2 emissions 80% by 2050. Over 1400 rallies were held nationwide. Thanks to Jo Myers, Echo Schneider, Jan Seymour, Marcus Gallo, and Bryce for organizing the rally. Thanks to Jessica McAleese, Bob Merle, and John Heckler for excellent music. Mayor Robert Chase of Pocatello opened the rally with an inspiring speech, and Peter Murphy (Idaho Climate Action Network) and Chris Jenkins (Wildlife Conservation Society) followed that up with some more information on global warming and avenues for personal and political action. We also ate excellent dutch oven food and sipped Portneuf Valley Brewery refreshments. The organizer donated the proceeds (> $150) to ICAN. The following organizations passed out literature at the rally: The Idaho Climate Action Network, The Eastern Idaho Group of the Sierra Club, The Caribou Water Coalition, Poky Free Bikes, Portneuf Greenway Foundation, and Portneuf Valley Bike-to-Work. Please visit their websites and contribute with time, money, ideas, or pedal power!Call your congressman or senators and tell them to support the Sanders-Boxer Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Act. The numbers for our representatives (representing E. Idaho) in Washington DC are: Sen. Craig (202-224-2752); Sen. Crapo (202-224-6142); Rep. Simpson (202-225-5531). More information on this climate bill can be found on the Grist website, here and here. Here is a .pdf of an article in January from the Times.