Environment Kalamazoo News — January 2015

This is the first issue of Environment Kalamazoo News, a new project of Kalamazoo Environmental Council. The goal is to share events, ideas, and projects among the various expressions of the environmental movement in Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan.

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We need correspondents from every active environmental group in southwest Michigan! Being a correspondent will not take much time, especially if you are already sending out announcements. Just post whatever you are sending to your members at the Environment Kalamazoo WordPress site at the same time you send out your publicity — just a few more clicks, and you will reach a potentially much larger audience. Email Mark Miller: memiller55@charter.net to volunteer to be correspondent for your group, and I will send you the information needed to post to Environment Kalamazoo.

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Kalamazoo Workshop

Please add one important climate change workshop to your calendar in January. You are invited to an engaging workshop on developing the political will to address climate change. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots citizens lobbying organization that empowers citizens to break through the myth that we can’t make a difference! On January 17, Jim Tolbert will lead a workshop that presents the methods and objectives of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Jim leads the Grand Rapids group for Citizens’ Climate Lobby and has discussed climate change with Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow as well as the office of Congressmen Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, and Justin Amash.

The goal of the workshop is to show how each of us can make a difference in the US policies on climate change and to start a Citizens’ Climate Lobby Group here in Kalamazoo. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 at
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
247 W Lovell St.
Kalamazoo MI 49007
Between Rose & Park St., behind Kalamazoo City Hall
Church parking lot entrances are on W. Lovell St. and S. Park St.
Guests should enter through the Office door located at the back of the parking lot.

At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we act together to persuade our members of Congress to become champions for a sustainable climate. This is important work that must be done, and I encourage you to come to the workshop and consider joining the new Kalamazoo group for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.


Transition’s first meeting of the New Year will be this Monday, January 12, at 7:30, at the Kalamazoo Friends Meeting house, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo. We will be very glad to see you all there. We have quite a bit to cover:
1. Content and format for the web site (Tom, Ruth, Gretchen, Derek, everybody)

2. Getting the New Year under way with our working groups:

Waste: ban the single-use plastic-bag project—Nicky

Go to http://bagitmovie.com/bagittown.html to download a very useful guide and tool kit on how to conduct a campaign on banning single-use plastic bags There were only a few of us attending the Students for Sustainable Earth showing of Bag It! Bad timing: Friday of finals week. But Bruce Howe, co-chair of SSE, is enthusiastic and wants to schedule another showing early this winter. We showed Bag It! at the Sambodh ashram’s New Year’s celebration. Good response.

Food: cooperating with other working groups and projects—Rachelle See calendar below for film showing of Many Hands, Feb. 10. See also Rachelle’s article in the latest issue of PFC’s Coop Scoop.
Transportation: exploring possibilities—Jim Ferner Possible collaboration with the Transportation working group of KCCC (which is, so far, only one person)

Education: how might we move forward?—Corinna

Energy and Permaculture—Tomme How might we cooperate with the Energy Efficiency working group of Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition, which is generating an educational brochure and videos?

from: SEEDLINGS, the Newsletter of Kalamazoo Area WILD ONES Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

Laurel Ross from Chicago’s Field Museum Leads Off Wild Ones 2015-16 Series on Stewardship with “Urban Areas: People are the Solution, not the Problem”

Laurel Ross, recently retired Director of Urban Conservation for Chicago’s world-famous Field Museum, will be the leadoff speaker in Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones 2015-2016 series on “Stewardship of the Land.”

In her program on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., she’ll emphasize the vital importance of urban areas of all sizes in environmental conservation. As planners and ecologists seek to stitch together habitat patches into landscapes extensive and diverse enough to provide maximum resilience in the face of climate change, they’re discovering that one of the most valuable conservation assets is the people who live in these largely urban and suburban landscapes. Engaged residents in villages, towns and cities, largely nonconservation professionals, are playing increasingly important roles in ecological restoration and education as stewards of the landscapes where they live.

Wild Ones meets at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park, downtown Kalamazoo.
Socializing at 6:30 p.m., program promptly at 7.


Mon Jan 12 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Transition Kalamazoo – Friends Meeting house, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo

Sat Jan 17 9:30am – 12:30pm
Workshop on Starting a Citizens’ Climate Lobby Group in Kalamazoo – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 247 W. Lovell St., Kalamazoo. Enter through office door at back of parking lot.

Wed Jan 21 12:00pm – 1:00pm
The Historical Context of Energy Resources, Energy Demand, & the Need for Alternatives – Lee Honors College Lounge, WMU campus

Thu Jan 22 8:30am – 10:30am
Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition – Kalamazoo Nature Center auditorium, 7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo

Thu Jan 22 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kalamazoo Environmental Council – Friends Meeting house, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo
We will be planning our annual legislative breakfast, a meeting with area legislators about environmental concerns.

Wed Jan 28 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Urban Areas: People Are the Solution, Not the Problem – First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park, downtown Kalamazoo

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