Awareness and Response

Fall Events on Changing Climate

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To help raise awareness of the issues surrounding global climate change, a communitywide coalition is planning a month-long series of events and will bring leading environmentalist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben to Kalamazoo on October 10th at Miller Auditorium.

As part of the series, Kalamazoo Public Library will host six events with local experts discussing climate change and its heavy impact on us all.

Upcoming Events

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September 23, 7:30 pm, People’s Church

The Effects of Climate Change on Birds

Dave Karowe, Western Michigan University Professor of Biological Sciences, “The Effects of Climate Change on Birds,” sponsored by the Audubon Society.

 

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September 24, 7 pm, Central Library

Don’t Frack Up My Environment!

Craig Brainard, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club of SW Michigan, and Steve Losher, Michigan Land Air Water Defense, “Don't Frack Up My Environment!” Sponsored by the Sierra Club of SW Michigan.

 

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September 25, 7 pm, Ethics Center, Western Michigan University

Is Climate Change a Crime?  Moral, Legal and Political Perspectives

Ron Kramer, Western Michigan University Professor of Sociology, “Is Climate Change a Crime?  Moral, Legal and Political Perspectives.”

 

 

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September 26, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Kalamazoo Insitiute of Arts

The Ocean as Inspiration, the Ocean as Fabricator

In her illustrated talk, “The Ocean as Inspiration, the Ocean as Fabricator,” artist Michele Oka Doner will discuss works of art that have been inspired by walks on the beach and the Devonian Ocean. more...

 

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September 26, 7 pm, Central Library

Consequences of Climate Change for America’s Biological and Agricultural Landscapes

Mark Cowell, Otsego farmer & former University of Missouri Professor of Geography, “Consequences of Climate Change for America’s Biological and Agricultural Landscapes.” 

 

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October 1, 7 pm, Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability

Climate Change, Sustainability, and WMU's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts

Harold Glasser, Western Michigan University Executive Director for Campus Sustainability, “Climate Change, Sustainability, and WMU's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Efforts.” 

 

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October 3, 7 pm, Central Library

Five Things Everyone Should Know About Climate Change

Dave Karowe, Western Michigan University Professor of Biological Sciences, “Five Things Everyone Should Know About Climate Change.” 

 

 

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October 10-17, 8 am - 9 pm, 1206 South Kohrman Hall, Western Michigan University

Art Exhibit: “Spare Change: The Art of Climate”

Art Exhibit, “Spare Change: The Art of Climate,” Sponsored by Environmental Studies Program and the Frostic School of Art.

 

 

October 10, 7 pm, Miller Auditorium, Western Michigan University

Notes from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

Bill McKibben is an environmentalist, author, educator, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and co-founder of 350.org. Free and open to the public; registration required. more...

 

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October 15, 7 pm, Central Library

The Politics of Climate Change

Paul Clements, Western Michigan University Professor of Political Science, “The Politics of Climate Change.” 

 

 

October 16, 6 pm - 8 pm, Community Homeworks Warehouse

Home Energy Efficiency: New Home Construction and Retrofitting Existing Homes

Habitat and Community Homeworks, “Home Energy Efficiency: New Home Construction and Retrofitting Existing Homes.” Speakers: Tom Tishler, Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager and NAHB Certified Green Building Professional and Shaun Wright, Community Homeworks Executive Director and BPI Certified Building Analyst. Online registration required. more...  

 

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October 17, 7 pm, Central Library

A Faith-Based Response to Climate Change

Cybelle Shattuck with Rev. John Boley, Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice, “A Faith-Based Response to Climate Change.” 

 

 

October 18, 7 pm, Bernhard Center, West Suite (Rooms 208+209), WMU

Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change

Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change, with elected officials. Sponsored by Western Michigan University Institute of Government & Politics.

 

 

October 19, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Kalamazoo Nature Center

Biodiversity and Climate Change: Towards a Climate Action Plan for Kalamazoo

Public conference on “Biodiversity and Climate Change: Towards a Climate Action Plan for Kalamazoo,” sponsored by Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones. Online registration required. more...

 

October 20, 2 pm - 4 pm, Community Homeworks Warehouse

Home Energy Efficiency: New Home Construction and Retrofitting Existing Homes

Habitat and Community Homeworks, “Home Energy Efficiency: New Home Construction and Retrofitting Existing Homes.” Speakers: Tom Tishler, Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager and NAHB Certified Green Building Professional and Shaun Wright, Community Homeworks Executive Director and BPI Certified Building Analyst. Online registration required. more...  

 

October 20, 2 pm and again at 5 pm, The Little Theatre

Dirt! The Movie.

People’s Food Co-op and Kalamazoo Film Society, Dirt! The Movie. Each showing will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the role of food and agriculture in climate change. 

  

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October 24, 7 pm, Central Library

Climate Change and the Transition Movement to Resilient Community

Tom Small, Western Michigan University emeritus Professor of English, “Climate Change and the Transition Movement to Resilient Community.”

 

 

October 27, 2 pm, People’s Church

Global Warming and Food:  A Roundtable Discussion

Ken Dahlberg, WMU Professor Emeritus, Jim Bingen, MSU Professor Emeritus, and Maynard Kaufman, WMU Professor Emeritus: “Global Warming and Food: A Roundtable discussing Emerging Alternatives to the Mega-threats of Industrial Food and Agriculture.”

 

November 12, 7 pm, 3301 Friedmann Hall, WMU

Divesting from Big Oil: Building the Movement

Don Cooney, WMU Professor of Social Work, “Divesting from Big Oil: Building the Movement”

 

 



Sponsoring Partners:  The Western Michigan University Center for the Humanities, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo