A Treasure Valley Symposium  sponsored by the CCL and the Boise UU  Fellowship Thursday January 17th at the Fellowship 7:30 to 9:30 pm
6200 Garrett Street, Garden City

Outline of the Evening

Welcome by Revered Sara LaWall –“The Moral Imperative.”

Keynote Address by  David Cain, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Silicon Valley, California

Break 15 minutes

Panel Presentations by Nancy Basinger, Group Leader & Co-founder Boise Chapter of CCL & active on the national scene and Walt Minnick, former Congressman from Idaho and Lobbyist for carbon tax. Co-founder of Partnership for Responsible Growth.

Q & A and audience comments from microphone at center aisle, moderated by Tom von Alten

Sign the Petition

We have created a petition calling upon our Idaho Congressional Delegation to step up in the name of slowing/stopping/reversing climate change. The petition requests they publicly acknowledge that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced and pledge to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to reduce U.S. and foreign emissions.

Sign Petition Here

About the Speakers

Outreach Coordinator for the Silicon Valley North Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL)
Co-Leader of CCL’s national Presenters & Schedulers Action Team.

He has over 30 years of experience in energy R&D prior to co-founding a company specializing in environmental accounting software used by heavy industry enterprises worldwide. David mentors speakers for CCL presentations to community groups in the South Bay. He is the author of “Climate Guardians – Thoughts and Actions for People of Faith.”  He has PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley.

Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Minister

The Reverend Sara LaWall, Unitarian Universalist minister in Boise, believes strongly in the moral call for justice, equity, and compassion, for the earth and all its inhabitants, which is a guiding principle of her tradition. The call for slowing and preventing climate change is not only a pragmatic one but a moral one. She believes that our physical, emotional, spiritual well-being is directly connected to the whole of creation; that our choices both as individuals and the policies of our government and corporations cannot focus solely on personal gain, on our physical needs, on wealth and profit and economic advancement. Rather we must seek a balance between our human needs and the needs of our planet if we wish to survive and thrive.

Co-Founder of Partnership for Responsible Growth

Walt Minnick served in Congress 2008-2010.  He then co-founded The Majority Group, a Washington, DC government relations firm, leaving in 2014 to co-found the pro carbon tax Partnership for Responsible Growth.

 Before Congress he co-founded and was CEO of SummerWinds Garden Centers, was the 1996 Idaho Democratic candidate for the US Senate, and was President and CEO of TJ International and Trus Joist Corporation, Fortune 1000 public corporations. He served on the boards of the Wilderness Society, the American Landscape and Nursery Association, and the American Business Conference.

He co-founded the Idaho Business Conference for Excellence in Education, was ISU’s Idaho Businessman of the Year in 1992, was Chairman of the Board of the Bogus Basin Recreation Association and the College of Idaho’s Board of Trustees, a Whitman College trustee, and Finance Chair of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Prior to his career in business he served 3½ years as a Staff Assistant to the President and as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Management and Budget under President Nixon, tasked with starting the federal government’s global anti-drug program. He grew up on a farm in Eastern Washington, graduated from Whitman College, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School, and was a 1st Lt. in the US Army.

Leader and Co-Founder of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Boise Chapter

Nancy Basiger co-founded the Boise Chapter of Citizens’ Climate lobby in 2015 and serves as its group leader.  She also serves as CCL’s liaison to U.S. Representative Michael Simpson and has traveled to Washington D.C. several times to lobby with CCL. Nancy has been a practicing veterinarian in Idaho since 1983.  She and her husband, Steve, owned Ada Veterinary Hospital in Boise for 28 years.  Currently they travel to McCall twice monthly to provide veterinary services for McPaws Regional Animal Shelter. In her spare time she enjoys good books, movies, and hiking in the Boise foothills. She graduated with degrees in Biology and Natural History from Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado and received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1983.

Event Contacts: Jeanette Ross & Bob Huntley