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Climate Precinct Captains hit their marks in April

7
May

Climate Precinct Captains hit their marks in April

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1Sky's Climate Precinct Captains (CPCs) really stepped up to the plate during the April congressional recess. Throughout the country, we collectively organized nearly thirty town halls in collaboration with Focus the Nation and many other groups.

We would be nowhere without them. The 1Sky community produced more than 1,800 actions in April -- from drop-offs to lobby visits to large-scale events. They are an impressive movement and we feel their impact on a day-to-day basis as we begin pushing for a strong climate bill in Congress.

Here are highlights from some of their April activities:

  • In Philadelphia: at Drexel University, David Dix and a crew of other organizers brought in Senator Arlen Specter to speak to students and community members. They also featured the city sustainability coordinator and with the "Hybrid X Team" that employs disadvantaged youth in building hybrid cars, and even business leaders came out.
  • In Rhode Island, Michael Roles pulled together around forty community members to meet with Senator Whitehouse as well as hear from a lead researcher from a graduate program of oceanography, and a representative from a conservation law foundation. They even got aired on TV for their event!
  • Heather Riggelman, a CPC in Appomattox, VA, organized a fantastic town hall at Sweet Briar College where she attends school. The town hall featured a speaker from our partner, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). Also in Virginia, Tori Westman targeting Representative Goodlatte with a town hall at Randolph College.
  • Meanwhile in South Carolina, Scott Garber succeeded in bringing Representative Bob Inglis to Furman University for a town hall in which they discussed the vast wind potential in Greenville, SC. Very cool!

Not only did Climate Precinct Captains organize these great events, they also scheduled lobby visits and drop-offs en masse. Heather Miller in Michigan kept the heat on Representative Bart Stupak. In Arkansas, 1Sky Regional Coordinator Matt Petty has secured a visit with Senator Mark Pryor – a key target in the Senate. And Jeff Cobb in Cincinnati, OH, met with his Congressman Steve Driehaus and tirelessly worked to meet with his Senators.

This is how we change the political climate: one precinct at a time. Are you ready to become a Climate Precinct Captain? Visit our Get Local page to step up in your community and join our national network. Change starts with all of us, right now.

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