We’re excited to launch CCI’s clean energy and climate change justice organizing work and we’re coming to a town near you!
Next week we’re hitting the road to share what we’ve been learning about the clean energy landscape in Iowa and learn why you care about this issue. And, we’ll share our ideas for how we can — at the local level — organize to transition our communities to 100% clean, renewable energy that benefits 100% of the people.
And, we’re bringing along a special guest.
Ben Ishibashi is the Climate Organizer for the People’s Action network. He’ll share how communities across the country are fighting for and winning climate and clean energy solutions that put people first.
P.S. Have you signed our petition? We’re calling on the Iowa Department of Transportation to use Iowa’s $21 million from the VW emissions scandal settlement to go to clean energy projects and not to investment in more fossil fuels. Sign here.
What a day to wrap up our Clean Water Fight for the year! 20 of you stood up for a Clean Water Iowa at the DNR’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) meeting.
The EPC responded to our report “Too much manure, no political will” by:
Making excuses for the factory farm industry
Not taking manure management issues seriously
Failing to show the political will to do their job
We’re not surprised by this. But, it proves decision makers are listening and know we won’t be ignored. To top the day off, a team of leaders met with Representatives Anderson, Hunter, and Kelley to present our Clean Water Bill and ask who would push for it during the 2016 legislative session. Rep. Kelley agreed to introduce the bill and Anderson and Hunter will co-sponsor!
Your hard work the past year has gotten us this far in the Clean Water Fight. Here are some of our favorite and biggest moments from 2015:
The Food and Ag Justice Summit where 130 of you helped us seize a big moment and inject our “people and planet first” message into the national coverage of Bruce Rastetter’s corporate ag summit for 11 GOP presidential hopefuls.
Des Moines Water Works deciding to pursue their clean water lawsuit to hold corporate ag polluters accountable, thanks to you!
CCI members collected 1,778 comments to turn into the DNR on the draft impaired waterways (the list jumped to 725) vocalizing support for increased enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in Iowa!
The top 10 responses to Branstad’s remark to “tone it down” on water pollution criticism.
The release of our report “Too much manure, no political will” – a case study that exposes DNR’s failure to crack down on factory farm manure pollution compiled thanks to hundreds of hours of work by a team of members!