Arkansas Citizens’ Climate League Set to Host Fundraiser


Over the last five years, climate patterns in Arkansas have changed. While it’s easy to blame “that Arkansas weather,” deeper forces are at work. The Arkansas Citizens’ Climate League (ARKCCL) works to educate the community on climate change and influence lawmakers to focus on sustainable, future-oriented legislation.

According to Kim Lovely of ARKCCL, the need for action is paramount.

“Arkansans are experiencing weather extremes – flooding, drought, heat,” she said. “One of the primary impacts is on our agricultural industry.  For example, orchardists are reporting increasing challenges in growing apples and grapes. Rice farmers have lost crops due to historic flooding. Specialty vegetable growers are having to adapt to hotter summer conditions. In addition to agricultural losses, the several ‘100 year floods’ Arkansas have experienced in the last decade have damaged homes and businesses.”

On Friday, April 27, the organization is hosting an ambitious fundraiser in four towns – Little Rock, Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Altus. Funds raised go to ARKCCL program support and to provide scholarships to advocates to attend the June and November Citizen Climate Lobby international conferences in Washington, D.C.

Each event has its own theme, food and entertainment, but all funds raised go to the same cause. At 7 p.m., special speakers will be live streamed to each location. Forty cases of 2016 Splinters and 20 cases of 2015 Cynthiana from Chateau Aux Arc Winery, in Altus, labeled exclusively to support climate action and ARKCCL, will be auctioned off by phone throughout the evening. Sponsors can receive one of 15 pigment prints by the incredible watercolor artist William McNamara.

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Here are the events:

ALTUS – Chateau Aux Arc – Empowering Arkansas One Sip at a Time: Splinters Launch Party, 5:30 – 8 p.m., 8045 AR-186. Join the pre-release of Splinters wine beginning at 10 a.m. Enjoy wine, cheese and rock ‘n’ roll by Peer Reviewed. Serving locally sourced cheese compliments of Petit Jean Farmers Market, sausage from Millers Quality Processing of Centerville and desserts by Marco’s Pan Bakery, Russellville.

FAYETTEVILLEAn Evening in Paris, 5:30 – 8 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 224 N. East Avenue, Live music by Block Street Hot Club. A wonderful catered meal to include traditional French dessert.

FORT SMITHRiver Walk, Then Wine, 5 – 8 p.m., River Park Events Building. 121 Riverfront Drive. Music with Still on the Hill, Guest speaker Chris McRae of Solar Under the Sun. Meal catered by R&R Curry Express.

LITTLE ROCKTurning up the Heat on Climate Solutions, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., New Deal Salon & Galleries, 2003 S. Louisiana Avenue. Live music from Buh Jones & Sarah Cecil. Selections of food courtesy of China Plus Buffet and Star of India.

Lovely feels that the issue of climate change can be a uniting one, considering the consequences for Arkansans and hopes people of all political stripes will attend the event.

“In these times of political polarization, Citizens’ Climate Lobby offers an experienced and refreshing non-partisan voice for climate solutions,” she said. “In addition to enjoying an evening of good food, wine, music, and conversation, folks who come out to this event will be supporting positive action on one of the most critical issues of our day – climate solutions.”

Painting by William McNamara

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