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Reminder Feb. 25 Guest Speaker

Sue Skinner of the EPA will be our guest speaker on Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Methodist church. Come with questions.

Sue Skinner to speak Feb. 25

The Idaho Climate Action Network will host speaker Sue Skinner on “Environmental Issues and Legacies within the Portneuf Watershed – an EPA Community Based Perspective” at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave., 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25. Skinner has been the Community Based Environmental Protection Specialist in Pocatello since 2002 in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 Office of Ecosystems, Tribal, and Public Affairs. She will include specifics on climate change as it relates to air and water quality topics in our area. The public is invited and questions are welcome.

            The Idaho Climate Action Network, or Idaho CAN, mission is to educate the public about climate change and global warming. Simple actions such as what we eat, what we drive, how we build our homes, etc., have an effect on our immediate surroundings, as well as worldwide.

For more information about Idaho CAN, please contact Marv McCall, 232-9250 or visit idahocan.wordpress.com/.

Roger Boe on “Beyond an Inconvenient Truth”

 

Roger Boe, Idaho Climate Action Network member, retired pediatrician and medical consultant, will present “Beyond an Inconvenient Truth,” Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

            Boe originally prepared and presented this topic for New Knowledge Adventures. Affiliated with Idaho State University, New Knowledge Adventures is a member-directed organization for adults to gain knowledge and explore new ideas in an informal, noncompetitive environment. Boe’s PowerPoint presentation takes the learner beyond the story presented in Al Gore’s Academy Award winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” He begins with “why the film inspires us,” examines the science of global warming, and explores the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Boe noted that fourth report for 2007 from IPCC will be published this month and he hopes to incorporate new information in his presentation. He based much of his research on information from the Union of Concerned Scientists, IPCC reports, and other resources cited in Gore’s film.

Carbon Offsets: conscience money?

Does buying carbon offsets really help reduce your carbon footprint? Are they part of the solution to reversing climate change? The evidence and opinion are decidedly mixed. Here are three sites where carbon offsets are sold:
www.conservationfund.org,
www.carbonfund.org/site/,
www.carbontradewatch.org/

View Pocatello’s Step-it-Up photo!

We were very proud to have had between 125-175 participants at our 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, and Marcus Gallo 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 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.

More on Step It Up 2007

Bill McKibben talks about the rising momentum against climate change…

Help Al Gore lobby congress on global warming

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