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Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 7-8:30pm
Professor Hoffman’s presentation will focus on the sociology and psychology of why people reject the science of climate change and how to overcome it.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:30-9pm
This meeting will feature a three-person panel with deep practical experience of solar power in Michigan. The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club is partnering with Michigan Solar Solutions, Solar Winds and McNaughton-McKay Electric Company to help Michigan Sierra Club members and supporters make their homes solar-powered! The partnership means these carefully vetted, qualified, residential solar-power installers and providers of the highest quality solar products can help move you into the clean energy column. Read more at https://sierrasemg.wordpress.com/your-own-solar-power/. Mark Ferda works at McNaughton-McKay Electric and brings to the panel expert knowledge of price and availability of solar panels, inverters and all the other components needed for a successful home and small business setup. Mark Hagerty represents Michigan Solar Solutions, which has some years of experience planning and executing solar installations. Mark Clevey is a member of the Ann Arbor energy Commission and the founder of the Ann Arbor Solar Users Network. His particular interest is in how local registration and licensing can either help or unnecessarily hinder solar panel installations. Each panelist will make a 15-20 minute presentation, and then the floor will be open for questions from the audience. Regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly. Open to the public; any interested person can attend. 6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing 7:00-7:10 Announcements 7:10 Presentation
Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 6:30-9pm
Peter Sinclair is a Michigan resident who has paid a lot of attention to the science of climate change. He spent the last several summers in Greenland, participating in a project to gather data about Greenland's melting glaciers. He runs a website, "Climate Denial Crock of the Week," (https://climatecrocks.com/) which deals in some detail with the ignorance, illogic and absurdities of public figures who do not wish to believe in climate change. Peter made an excellent multi-media presentation to us in October of 2013. We are due for an update on the subject, both because climate disasters are intensifying and so is the urge of many elected officials to deny climate change while attempting to subsidize the fossil fuel economy. This presentation is about the latest scientific evidence, not so much about politics. Regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly. Open to the public; any interested person can attend. 6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing 7:00-7:10 Announcements 7:10 Presentation
Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:30-9pm
Brendan Nolan, the owner of Plants for Ecology (www.plantsforecology.com, (313) 802-3411) will give a presentation on Michigan native plants; how to plant them and grow them in your yard and why you should. It may have something to do with keeping bees and butterflies alive and healthy, but the effects on the local ecology go beyond that. Regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly. Open to the public; any interested person can attend. 6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing 7:00-7:10 Announcements 7:10 Presentation
Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:30-9pm
The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars is a documentary film that looks into daily global drama in traffic around the world. Climate change and never-ending gridlocks frustrate people more than ever. Instead of whining, people in cities around the world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself solution. Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death amongst the bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes. The film follows individuals around the world that are fighting to create change. We meet Aline at Sao Paulo’s Ciclofaxia, the weekly Sunday ride where one lane of Paulista Avenue is opened for bikes only. Aline is an inspirational person in the city’s bicycle movement, who tries to focus on the positive aspects of being a cyclist. But that can be difficult in a city where one bicyclist is killed every four days. And in Toronto, where mayor Rob Ford stripped away the city’s bike lanes in his battle to win the “war on cars,” we watch as members of the Urban Repair Squad infiltrate the streets at night, using spray paint and stencils to replace them. From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars will look at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models. Regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly. Open to the public; any interested person can attend. 6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing 7:00-7:10 Announcements 7:10 Presentation