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.

Click below to RSVP to the event nearest you:

Cedar Falls: Tuesday, August 22nd at 7pm at the Hearst Center for the Arts

Webster City: Wednesday, August 23rd at 6pm at the Kendall Young Library

Des Moines: Thursday, August 24th at 11:30am at the Central Library

Iowa City: Thursday, August 24th at 7pm at the Iowa City Public Library

Join us and learn how we can win!

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.


Are you looking for a way to make change in your community? We’re acting on a range of campaigns. Take a look at five ways to get involved in our people-powered grassroots movement.

 

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.
  • The stopping of two bad factory farm deregulation bills at the statehouse.
  • 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!
  • When the EPC came to our house to hear powerful testimony from 50 members on our water crisis.

Thank you for all of your hard work, Clean Water Fighters. 2015 was an outstanding year. Stay tuned for the next moves in 2016!

Chip in $5, $10, $20, or more to help us start 2016 off stronger than ever in the Clean Water Fight! Just click here to donate.

 

They DUMP it, you DRINK it, we won’t stop ‘til they clean it up!

 

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