The movement to solve the climate crisis has reached northern Michigan! Three new groups have formed that are giving area residents a range of opportunities to get involved in climate change issues.
Oryana Natural Foods Market turns 40 this year! In celebration of that milestone, they have produced this short video clip, which, among other things, explains the mystery of how the name ‘Oryana’ was chosen and what it means. (Come on, you know you have wondered!)
The local climate change movement is gaining momentum! On Sunday, April 21st, the new Bill McKibben movie ‘Do The Math’ will be shown in Traverse City at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse (UUCGT). Check out the trailer, above.
The movie documents “the rising national movement to solve the climate crisis.” The name, Do The Math, is based on McKibben’s now famous article in Rolling Stone magazine, in which he sets forth the terrifying math of the climate crisis. After the amazing response to that article (it went viral, and has been called the most widely read single article on climate change), McKibben took his message on the road. The movie documents the Do The Math tour, and the increasingly mainstream movement to address climate change.
A Women at Risk jewelry party will be held tomorrow, March 28th, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm at Glen Eagle Senior Living in Traverse City. Jewelry, scarves, accessories, stationery, and home decor items will be for sale, as well as WAR’s signature ‘pearls of hope’. All items were created by “women at risk.” Some were made by women and girls rescued from the sexual slavery trade. Others were made by women who are are often targeted by traffickers, such as widows, orphans, or girls who have been raped, abandoned, or have had a sibling sold. Every item has a story.
On The Ground Global is yet again giving us the chance to have fun while doing good. On Wednesday, March 20th, from 5 -10 pm, Pangea’s Pizza Pub will will be serving Pizza With a Purpose. The pizza buffet will be in full swing for $10 per person or $30 per family. Pangea’s will have the deck open, and the heat lamps on! What if all that pizza makes you thirsty?
The Great Lakes Bioneers 2012 Movie: Monday, September 10th at 6:30 at the State Theater
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the world premiere of ’The People and the Olive’ at the State Theater tonight. The film chronicles the Run Across Palestine, a February 2012 ultra- marathon across the West Bank, organized by local non-profit, On the Ground Global, to call attention to the struggles of Palestinian olive farmers and their families, living under occupation.
The event will also feature Joshua Davis, ‘cultural ambassador’ for the Run, who will debut a few songs from his new CD, written
If you are a locavore, a foodie, or a green living enthusiast, Green Cuisine is a ‘don’t miss’ event. Every year Food for Thought invites the community to their organic farm in Honor, to “raise awareness around just and sustainable food systems.” It is a chance to sample the works of local food artisans, taste local wines, and tour the farm, all for free! Continue reading
It’s time to hit the sand! And that means slathering on the sunscreen. But, how to make sure the chemicals in your sunscreen aren’t more harmful than the sun’s rays? Or ineffective at blocking the more dangerous UVA rays, that don’t show up as sunburn? Luckily, the Skin Deep team at the Environmental Working Group has released it’s 2012 Sunscreen Guide. The results on some popular brands might surprise you (Coppertone Water Babies SPF 70+ made the Hall of Shame).
The Report contains everything you need to know about the best and worst in sun protection, and all the data to support it. For those that don’t want to sift through it all, here are the basic do’s and don’ts, according to EWG: Continue reading
As we approach Summer, and those lazy days spent lounging in the yard (if you’re like me), or working in it, (if you’re like some other people), consider these facts before renewing your lawn service, or self-applying anything to it:
1. The most commonly used herbicide, 2, 4 D, was an active ingredient in Agent Orange, and has been linked to non-hodgkins lymphoma in humans, malignant lymphoma in dogs, and increased incidences of malignant tumors in rats.1 It has been banned in Denmark and Sweden. Continue reading
“Surely you did something when the seasons started failing” — Drew Dellinger
This 26 second video from NASA shows how global temperatures have warmed since 1880.
But, we don’t need a time-lapse video to prove that the planet is warming.
More than 6,000 heat records have been broken across the Country, in the past few weeks. No, not broken….. shattered. In Marquette on Wednesday, it was a record 81 degrees– breaking the old record of 49, by 32 degrees! Even the morning low of 52 degrees topped the previous record high.
But, is this happening because of climate change? In a word, yes.