Creating civic engagement and the political will for climate solutions takes hard work, dedication, and funding. That’s why we created Arkansas Citizens’ Climate League, a non partisan 501(c)3. Our mission is to build civic commitment for climate action through empowerment, education, and encouragement. We love bringing together advocates, donors, students, and community and business leaders to make Arkansas a leader in the effort to protect the climate. Our successful annual April Climate Accord epitomizes this effort.
We have a commitment to cultivation of a society free of systemic oppression. With our commitment to racial equity and social justice there can be an equitable solution for ending carbon pollution and the climate crisis.
We are proud of our ongoing partnership with chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Arkansas and with local legislative initiatives such as the Arkansas for Container Deposit Law. Through the commitment of ARKCCL board members, donors and volunteers, we have provided essential resources for community outreach and organizing across Arkansas, as well as training opportunities for emerging climate leaders.
Current News and Upcoming Events
Thank You for another successful ACA!
We want to thank everyone who helped make the 2nd Annual Arkansas Climate Accord such a success! All four events were fun-filled and impactful, thanks to the support of so many.
In total, we raised $29,400, $4,400 over our goal!
To all the volunteers, participants, donors and sponsors: THANK YOU!
Chris Kell, Director of Business Development with Home Energy Rx. will be in the studio to talk about how people can take advantage of energy efficiency programs that will not only save them money but also help the environment.
Mark Mulkerin, CCL-AR Volunteer will discuss aspects of the bipartisan HR 763 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend bill including how all Americans can get money in their pockets by the passage of this effective policy is good for the people.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by climate talks? Do you want to make a positive change but not sure how? Or are you unsure people can have an impact? Kim Lovely, Business and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Arkansas Citizens Climate League will be there to invite listers to the second Annual Climate Accord- Bridges to Climate Solutions. The Arkansas Climate Accord takes place in four locations on Saturday, April 27 and is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted to expand climate advocacy and action across Arkansas.
Taylor Bridges is a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and she is also heading up the Arkansas for Container Deposit Law effort, which is supported by the Arkansas Citizens’ Climate League. A Container Deposit Law (CDL) is beneficial on many levels for the state of Arkansas. This law facilitates clean recovery of bottles and cans, yielding high recycling rates and high marketability for the materials gathered. CDLs create new jobs, generate an extra source of income for those who need it, reduce litter, curb ocean pollution, and encourage recycling.
Mark will be able to speak to the impacts of northward shifting climate zones, including the 1) unwelcome arrival/expansion of fire ants in Arkansas, 2) the threat to indigenous plant species from the warming climate and the potential ripple effects of that threat, 3) the impact on local landscape choices for homeowners, 4) his observations of the destructive impact of intertwined climate change and invasive pests on iconic American landscapes such as the Rocky Mountains and the oak stands in the Ozarks. He will also be able to offer his own testimonial about why it’s important for citizens and businesses to speak up for climate solutions.
“I have been a practicing landscape architect for 35 years and worked in the outdoor environments for over 50 years including work with the US Forest Service. In addition to a Professional Degree, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture I have also earned a MS with emphasis in Plant Ecology. I offer these credentials to help validate my observations and experiences in working on environmental planning over a lengthy career. While my observations are anecdotal and without peer reviewed research I believe them to be accurate and indicative of the transition we are experiencing taking place before our very eyes and within a single lifetime.
While it may seem irrelevant I have seen the plant hardiness zones continually shift northward indicating a warming of the seasons. The results of this action on our diverse environments, is catastrophic. It is my opinion many of the insect infestations such as the Oak Borers in the Ozarks, infestation of Ash Borer and the Spruce Beetle decimation across the Rockies is a result in a shift in temperatures even if only a few degrees. I have seen and it is being documented that the vast plant communities or eco-regions across the North America are experiencing the gradual northern migration of numerous plant species and replacing species that have been in place for millennium. This in turn is changing not only our landscape flora but changing the range of fauna and especially insect populations. I have witnessed landscape material changes in the commercial landscape industry and seeing plants that historically were only viable in Southern Arkansas and below now becoming widespread in the commercial industry. My fear is as these plant species migrate further north they in turn become a threat to indigenous species and will replace or harbor pests and infectious diseases that have been held in check. A good example is the spread of fire ants that at one time were contained in the southern gulf coastal regions and that are now found throughout Arkansas and other mid south states.
A change of only a few degrees is all it takes to transform entire regions. I have certainly witnessed slowly occurring over the past 40 years.
There are many more examples of the effects and costs of climate change that I could discuss and write about. However, in the interest of brevity I thought those listed above might be issues others are not necessarily bringing to the forefront. While this may not seem significant on the surface I consider this to be the equivalent to the “canary in the coal mine” and an indicator of what is actually happening in front of our eyes and we are failing to recognize the warning signs. These gradual shifts are indicative of a global shift in ecological boundaries and regions that are effectively transforming our forests, agriculture and the landscape around us. Ultimately it will affect our housing and development practices due to massive shifts in our forestry resources and our abilities to feed and shelter the masses.”
Kim Lovely is the Business and Community Engagement Coordinator with the Arkansas Citizens’ Climate League, will discuss how listeners can engage with positive action with the Arkansas Climate Accord, the Regional CCL Conference and the bold bipartisan legislation that has been introduced into Congress: The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
ARKCCL awarded 22 scholarships to attend the CCL Tornadoes Regional Conference where volunteers learned from many sessions including a panel discussion featuring our state leaders in the solar revolution. Now you can have a listen to. Hear from Rev. Malik Saafir an organizer with the GreenFaith, Mark Cayce with Ouachita Electric Cooperative, Frank Kelly with Bearskin Solar, John Lester with Clarksville Light & Water, and John Bethyl with Entergy.
Shout out to Bearskin Solar for sharing the recording
Powers Push for Clean Energy – Panel Opening Remarks
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) will drive down America’s carbon pollution and bring climate change under control, while unleashing American technology, innovation, and ingenuity. This policy will improve health and save lives by reducing pollution that Americans breathe. Poor air quality causes an estimated 114,000 U.S. deaths each year and sickens thousands more. Additionally, the carbon dividend puts money directly into people’s pockets every month to spend as they see fit, helping low and middle income Americans.
“My philosophy of sustainable growing practices, thinking seven generations ahead and making wines that last the test of time brought me to the opportunity to help empower Arkansas one sip at a time. Chateau aux Arc is very proud to be offering this collaboration with ARKCCL. 40 Cases of 2016 Splinters & 20 Cases of 2015 Cynthiana will raise proceeds to engage, educate and encourage Arkansans to take action within their families, communities & daily lives.”
Climate…Change is gonna come Since 1998, when I decided to shed my city dweller life for a tent in the Ozark mountains, become a winegrower and learn the lessons of being a steward of the land, my awareness of my climate became all to clear. “Whom better to spread the call of change than a farmer,” I responded. When you see temperatures drop in the middle of the day from 80 to 35 in April, then for the next four days each morning nose dive down to 24 degrees killing all your grapevines’ future vintage; you sink into the reality you can’t fight Mother Nature. When you see rolling clouds of dimpled cotton balls forming over your vineyards, you later hear F4 tornadoes obliterate communities in Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. When you see your farm go from lush to drought, drain your ponds to irrigate, only mow twice in a year & there is no rain forecast in sight for months, what then do you tell your children on how to prepare for how to farm in the future to come? How do you handle 6 inches of rain in an hour that cuts your pond dams, roads, and makes Swiss cheese out of your land from baseball size hail? How do you prepare for the ever changing unpredictable climate as a farmer? My answer is you work with Mother Nature, not against her!
In 2007, I planted Syrah & Shiraz as a supplementary blending tool for my Cynthiana in the event of years to come that would be a challenge for ripening the flavors needed to achieve greatness. In 2016, we were able to produce a small batch of 50% Syrah and 50% Shiraz. Aged in new French and American oak for only a week before tasting its progress, when I swirled it around my taste buds I felt like I had just swallowed a hand full of Oak splinters! After filtering, I decided that this vintage was one of the best I had ever grown, fermented and twirl on my palate…”Splinters” was born! Just like our ever changing climate, this blend evolves every minute after popping the cork. It takes up to 2-5 hours to breathe and open on your tongue. Too easy to drink with the perfect amount of dryness, a cyclone of fruit forward profiles and a finish that is like a liquid 2X4 smacked you silly with awareness of: wow the bottle is gone! Who ever thought Splinters could be so smooth? Who ever thought climate change would be the determining factor for wines in Arkansas? Ask your local farmer what they think about climate change and your sense of awareness will be splintered. The reality with this wine is it may be the only vintage ever made for these grapes may not survive the future weather patterns we face. Cynthiana, our Arkansas State Grape I helped bring awareness to through legislation in 2009, is the future resilient varietal for our area. Since 1837, Arkansas has been growing this amazingly bold grape.
Shop online now to purchase our signature wines compliments of Chateau Aux Arc Winery. All net profits returned to ARKCCL. Chateau Aux Arc can only ship to in state residents, and the best way to order is to call the winery directly. They currently can ship in 3,6,12 bottle shippers. Click here to order.
Splinters – an exquisite, limited edition wine especially bottled and labeled for the Arkansas Citizens’ Climate League.
Cynthiana – called the “Cabernet of the Ozarks” this wine is French oak aged which led to this very limited supply.