100GRANNIES MINUTES September 22, 2015 Mary Beth Versgrove chaired the meeting and welcomed everyone. She asked us to introduce ourselves and tell what we were going to do on October 14th, Climate Action Day.
UPCOMING PROJECTS OR NEW BUSINESS
Our 100Grannies group has been asked to be the subject of a documentary film produced by three students in a film making class at the University. They will be attending some of our meetings and some events in which we’re involved and interviewing some of us in person. The result will be a 15 minute movie about the Grannies. It should be fun and it could be useful. We’re looking forward to a fine end result.
Ann also told us about going to Des Moines to a Republican presidential candidates forum. Ed Fallon had called on the Grannies to attend and ask climate related questions. Miriam Kashia was also there and a picture of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter was passed around and put in our new “archives” box.
October 2 and 3 in Des Moines the Citizens for Community Improvement celebrate their 40th anniversary. It will be a big deal and they would like a lot of Grannies there. ALL are welcome, members or not. William Barber (Moral Majority) and Jim Hightower will be keynote speakers. For more information and registration – www.iowacci.org. It will be a very educational two days.
The Grannies Film Series begins on Oct. 5 and runs for the next three Mondays at 6pm at the Senior Center. Spread the word and bring your friends. Flyers were passed out – please post these and invite lots of friends! The dates, films and presenters are:
Oct 5 “Disruption” – Ann Christensen
Oct 12 “When the Water Tap Runs Dry” – Molly Stroh
Oct 19 “Standing On Higher Ground” — Dawn Jones
Oct 26 “Years of Living Dangerously” – Becky Ross
Iowa City City Council Candidate Environmental Forum
Environmental organizations including 100Grannies will be sponsoring a forum for City Council candidates on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in Iowa City. Candidates will answer questions focused on where city government decisions will affect or impact the environment. All 100Gs are encouraged to attend. Volunteers will be there with the 100G banner and brochures.
Interest Survey 2015 Donna Rupp sent a report of returned surveys that Mary Beth shared. Only 27 members returned surveys as of 9/2/15 and an additional 6 members indicated they chose “support without activism”. Redoing the survey by mail with self- addressed stamped envelope for return would cost about $102 for postage along (not including paper and energy to compose/collate). Mary Beth circulated sign-up sheets for each committee to those present, many of whom had not returned surveys. She also provided 10 copies of the printed survey to attendees at the meeting. A recommendation to call the non- responders was made if we wanted input from them. Further discussion by the Steering Committee is needed. New member Jo Hensch suggested that all e-mails from 100G include that identifier in the subject line so that people know the content is from a 100G member whose name may not be recognizable to the recipient
October 12: Community Forum on Climate Change sponsored by the Sierra Club. There will be slides from Al Gore’s Climate Reality project and local speakers will discuss actions Iowans can take to lead to a successful Paris Conference in December and to influence Presidential candidates.
National Day of Climate Action -10/14 Draft of day’s events was shared. Pieces are still TBA. Watch for complete announcement via email early next week. We’d like all 100G members to support this day, by dropping by or working a short shift at the table.
Seven local organizations are participating on planning and in the day’s events, which include a Call-A-Thon to contact elected officials about Clean Power Plan and Carbon Fee & Dividend, film screening Merchants of Doubt, Lecture by Dr Peter Thorne, (Clean Power Plan), Walking Sandwich sign by Miriam Kashia, Mourning Global Warming Embroidery Project. Action takes place on Ped Mall 11-2 and Farmer’s Market 5-7, Lecture TBA.\
100G is invited to table at 11-2 and 5-7, but volunteers are needed to staff the table. This is a great opportunity to set up a Snit In and work on the Embroidery project. Volunteers so far include: Marcia, Margie, Ann, Chris, Jan B, Lynn, Deb.
October 17–Paul Cienfuegos will present his 3 hour introductory workshop to Community Rights at the Coralville Library from 9-12. We hope many of you will come; we are hoping for 85 people. We also need women to serve as welcomers and provide some goodies to go with coffee and tea.
In November we will also need people to help with serving lunch and providing fruit and muffins in the morning for the 2 and 1/2 day workshop on Nov.13,14.15.
An eight week session on Naomi Klein’s book, “This Changes Everything” is being facilitated by Miriam Kashia. It starts Tuesday, September 29. The class is filled! She may do it again at another time if there is interest.
ONGOING PROJECTS OR PAST BUSINESS AND EVENTS
The Elders Climate Rally in Washington–Sept. 9 and 10 was a great event. Thanks to Grannies Marsha, Becky R., Becky H., Jan S., Mary Beth V., Paula S., and Barbara S. We talked to Senators Grassley and Earnst and had a wonderful time. Rep Loebsack was very relaxed and open with us. We had some good responses and hope to keep the lines of communication open.
BAG COMMITTEE REPORT We are looking for alternatives to using plastic bags at the Crises Center. They spend $1000 per year on plastic bags. Any ideas? New stenciled bags have been made by Donna Rupp. We plan to use these as gifts for City Council members and our speakers at the lecture series next spring. We are working on setting up a meeting with the Director of the new Dodge St. Hy Vee about alternative ways to handle plastic bags. We are looking at a project called “Caps of Love”. A program that buys bottle caps to recycle into decking, park benches, etc. The money goes to buy wheel chairs for kids. Would you be willing to collect plastic bottle caps and jar lids? We’ll get more information out about this later. We thought it might be a good way to get school kids involved and thinking about plastic and it might also be something Goodwill employees could help us with. The lids need to be sorted by recycling # before sending. The New Pioneer Annual Meeting is coming up – October 24th from noon -2:00 at 515 Kirkwood, Iowa City. Please come if you can. We want to thank them for eliminating plastic bags!
DIET AND CLIMATE REPORT We’ve decided to change our name to Diet and Climate. Something to think about : From Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute founder)’s book World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse (recommend reading) regarding food security Food from more-distant locations boosts carbon emissions while losing flavor and nutrition. A survey of food consumed in Iowa showed conventional produce traveled on average 1,500 miles, not including food imported from other countries. In contrast locally grown produce traveled on average 56miles—a huge difference in fuel use. An American living high on the food chain with a diet heavy in grain intensive livestock products, including red meat, consumes twice as much grain as the average Italian and nearly four times as much as the average Indian. Adopting a Mediterranean diet can cut the grain footprint of Americans roughly in half, reducing carbon emissions accordingly. Cowspiracy is now available on Netflix.
Education Committee – no report
Treasury Report– $1386.52 in checking account
Next meeting October 27, 5:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Next Steering Committee meeting Oct. 20 Place TBA