Photo courtesy Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

If you are interested in two days of wide-ranging discussion from various perspectives on the best ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change in our region, I hope you’ll join me March 10th and 11th in Boise. The Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be held at Timberline High School. Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-partisan international organization focused on gathering support for a free market climate solution. We emphasize the importance of respectful dialogue between people of different viewpoints because we realize that the only enduring climate solutions will have broad support and be as transparent and fair to all as possible.

We will be hearing from diverse groups such as the students who recently made news for speaking to our legislators on behalf of updated science standards. Business leaders calling for climate action, Native Americans, and clean energy entrepreneurs in Idaho will discuss their ideas. We will have representatives from the agricultural community to talk about their perspectives on climate mitigation and adaptation. Walt Minnick, former Idaho Congressman, will also be speaking. There will be a keynote address Saturday morning from the executive director of CCL, Mark Reynolds, and Sunday morning’s keynote will be from Kristin Eberhard, senior researcher at Sightline Institute.

Sightline Institute’s mission is to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability—strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment.  They have worked since 1933 to promote smart policy ideas and monitor the region’s progress toward sustainability. Kristin’s speech on Sunday will discuss current legislative proposals around state carbon pricing.

The registration fee of $65 covers lunch and dinnger on Saturday. If you care to come early on Friday afternoon, there is a tour of the National Interagency Fire Center and social potluck. Sunday afternoon we will have a tour of the Idaho Statehouse for those interested.

Concurrent sessions include:

  • Climate advocacy training for citizens and students
  • Community outreach to rural communities
  • Exploring climate solutions from the perspectives of frontline communities
  • Addressing different communication styles while working toward common solutions
  • How climate change impacts wildfire in the PNW
  • Renewable energy in the PNW

More information and registration can be found here.

[Cover photo: members of Boise CCL Chapter with Rep. Mike Simpson in Washington D.C. 2016]

About the author

Nancy Basinger

Dr. Nancy Basinger has practiced veterinary medicine in Idaho for 34 years. She and her husband, Steve, currently work at MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter. Nancy also volunteers for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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