The Oberlin Review

CCL Supports Climate Reform

John Sabin, Assistant Ohio Coordinator, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

December 7, 2018

Thank you to Yan Jin for the excellent article on Citizens’ Climate Lobby in the Review last week (“CCL Fights for Climate Change Policies,” Nov. 30, 2018). As noted in the article, CCL’s long-time legislative proposal was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is sponsored by three Democrats — Ted Deutch, John Delaney, and Charlie Crist — and two Republicans — Brian Fitzpatrick and Francis Rooney. It will put a steadily rising fee on carbon emissions (paid by fossil fuel companies) and return the net revenue to American households in the form of equal monthly dividends. The policy will reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. by at least 40 perce...

CCL Fights For Climate Change Policies

Yan Jin

November 30, 2018

Ray English, Emeritus Director of Libraries at Oberlin College and a member of Oberlin’s branch of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, joined 619 other volunteers from CCL in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Nov. 19, to advocate for bipartisan climate policies.  The volunteers participated in over 400 congressional meetings and met with numerous Ohio representatives. Citizens Climate Lobby is a national environmental group which works to educate communities on how to engage with their representatives about Climate Change. “I visited four different congressional offices with teams from the lobby, and we had a very good conversation with Senate and House offices,” English said. “We met with offices of Senator Portman,...

Oberlin Community News Bulletin

September 7, 2018

Face Your Fears at the Oberlin Firewalk Come see what Oberlin has to offer at the 12th annual Gregg Gilder Memorial Firewalk at Common Ground in Oberlin Saturday, Sept. 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. After a demonstration by Dave Tuscany, a certified firewalker, you can test your gumption on the firepit. Participants of all ages are welcome. Children may walk with parental consent and supervision. Registration is $49 per person. Former Oberlin Exco Teacher Sentenced to Prison Robert Roche, a former instructor in Oberlin’s Experimental College program, has been sentenced to four months in prison and a fine of $77,097 for laundering more than $77,000 from a Native American Aid foundation. At the time of the theft...

Plant-Rich Diet, Carbon Fee Key to Fighting Climate Change

John Sabin, Volunteer Group Leader; Oberlin Chapter, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

October 6, 2017

To the Editors: I appreciated Sheridan Blitz’s piece on the values of veganism, “Veganism Offers Sustainable Choice” (The Oberlin Review, Sept. 29, 2017). Paul Hawken’s book, Drawdown, lists “the top 100 solutions to global warming,” and the number four most effective action, according to Hawken’s team, is a “plant-rich diet.” Hawken writes, “If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. According to a 2016 study, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet and 63 percent for a vegetarian diet, which includes cheese, milk, and eggs. Making the transition to a plant-based diet may be the m...

CCL Promotes Bipartisan Climate Action

Izzy Esler, Member of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Oberlin chapter

April 28, 2017

To the Editors: More than likely, few people in Oberlin need to be convinced of the gravity of climate change. What’s more difficult is moving from recognition of the problem to determining the solutions, especially in a political climate where the highest levels of our government seem hostile or indifferent to even the science of climate change. The good news is that the market is moving toward renewable energy. Just this week, The New York Times reported that the solar industry created more American jobs than coal and that Britain went a full day without burning coal for electricity for the first time since the 1800s. But the shift is not moving fast enough, at least not if we want to avert the worst impacts ...

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Welcomes Students

John Sabin, Oberlin Resident

March 31, 2017

To the Editors: Thank you for your story on the accomplishments of the Oberlin Project (“Oberlin Project Ends Eight-Year Run,” March 10, 2017). Executive Director Sean Hayes is quoted as saying the Oberlin Project “‘does not need to exist’ for Oberlin students to get involved in local environmental work.” Indeed, for students who wish to be involved in ongoing environmental work, one option to consider is Citizens’ Climate Lobby. A new Oberlin chapter of this international, nonpartisan, volunteer organization meets every second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Oberlin Public Library. Our next meeting is April 8. The organization aims to train volunteers to “create the political will for a liva...

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