Cedar Rapids Climate Advocates:
1. Our next meeting will be Friday, July 15, at 5 p.m., at Kesler Auditorium at Coe College. Our speaker will be Tina Coleman, emergency operations director of the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Red Cross. (The Cedar Rapids Public Library was not available that evening, so Paula Sanchini arranged for a room at Coe.)
2. This is just a quick reminder that some of us will be having a table at the Green Farmers Market Day on Saturday, July 16, from 8 a.m. to noon, and participating in the Citizens Climate Lobby training on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College Street, in Iowa City. If you have not already signed up to help, and would like to do so, please let me know.
3. Last week the Gazette reported on Rockwell's commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 15% by 2014. This is great leadership by Rockwell - a significant step toward sustainability - and provides an opportunity for letters to the editor.
4. I just wanted to share that yesterday's Gazette (July 3) had several articles that could warrant letters to the editor about the new era of climate-related and/or environmental disasters in which we live. Here were the headlines:
Rush of disasters raising concerns about emergency response resources Mexico confirms 11 dead from Tropical Storm Arlene Yellowstone River hit by oil spill Wisconin storm kills 1, injures dozens
This is in addition to the recent U.S. disasters including flooding along the Missouri River; flooding in Minot, North Dakota; the wildfires of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas; the drought in Texas; the flooding along the Mississippi River; and the tornadoes in Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and across the South.
If you need suggestions on letter writing, please let me know.
I look forward to seeing you July 15 if not before.