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Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan

Earth Day: Climate Action Rally at the University of Michigan Campus

Prof. Knute Nadelhoffer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Biological Station
Prof. Richard Rood, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
State Representative Jeff Irwin

This event will open with a presentation by Prof. Knute Nadelhoffer on the science and projected impacts of climate change. Prof. Richard Rood will then discuss the impact of a warming Arctic on the jet stream and the Arctic Oscillation, especially the role of blocking patterns in causing droughts, floods, heat waves, and cold snaps. A third speaker will address the dangers of sociopolitical unrest posed by climate change. Finally, State Representative Jeff Irwin will address the political challenges of fighting climate change.

Where: The Ingalls Mall of the University of Michigan campus, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Ypsilanti, MI: Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks

Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks will present "The Science of Climate Change":  

In the talk, Prof. Keppel-Aleks will examine the science behind the greenhouse effect and climate change. The presentation will also explore the observational and modeling tools that scientists use to understand the climate system.  Finally, strategies to alleviate the human causes of climate change will be introduced. 

Prof. Keppel-Aleks is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences department.  Her research focuses on using observations of atmospheric CO2 to understand the global carbon cycle and, in particular, how climate variability affects the exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems.  She received her BS from MIT and completed her PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech.  

Location: Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan
229 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Chelsea, MI: Eric Harrington, Climate Reality Project

In anticipation of Earth Day 2014, on April 21st (7:00-8:30 pm in the McKune Room of the Chelsea District Library), Eric Harrington will speak about the climate change issue in a presentation entitled “Our Chaotic Climate Future.” He will discuss the current global situation, and also bring it closer to home with information on the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes and the State of Michigan. His presentation is based on the work of the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore following the release of his movie and book “An Inconvenient Truth.” 

According to the Climate Reality website, 

Brighton, MI: Prof. Christopher Poulsen

We're told that climate change is upon us, yet the winter of 2014 was one of the most severe that southeastern Michigan has experienced and global surface temperatures have seemingly stabilized. This talk will discuss the science behind climate change, how the Earth is responding in surprising and not-so-surprising ways, and the need for action to reduce future impacts of climate change. Come learn more as Prof. Christopher Poulsen from the University of Michigan's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Department presents, "Climate Change, the New Normal, and the Imperative for Action."

Location: Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive
Brighton, MI 48116
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Jackson, MI: Peggy Coyle, Climate Reality Project

Peggy Coyle, a speaker trained by the Climate Reality Project, will present "Climate Change: Where Are We Now? A Call to Action". Ms. Coyle will look at the impacts of the changing climate in our world, the science behind the change, and innovations that people worldwide are making in order to turn the momentum toward energy sources that do not devastate our planet. Changes that individual people can make will also be covered.

Peggy Coyle is a registered nurse and works as a clinical research proposal manager for FHI 360, a global health and development organization. She returned to Michigan two years ago after spending seven years living and working in Vietnam. Peggy was trained by Al Gore to be a Climate Reality Presenter and later served as a mentor to new trainees in that group.

Location: Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch
244 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201
Date: April 19
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Canton, MI: Bill Richardson, Climate Reality Project

Bill Richardson, a retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist and engineer, will present "The Reality of Climate Change". In this talk he will discuss the science of climate change, show what is already happening around the world, and discuss what each of us can do to help develop a new paradigm and meet the challenge. It is up to us. As polar adventurer Robert Swan says, "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."

Bill attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He retired from the EPA in 2002 after working as in environmental scientist/engineer for 39 years. His work primarily involved the development and application of mathematical models for the Great Lakes but also did a lot of other things to clean up the waters of the U.S.  

Location: Canton Public Library (Canton, MI)
1200 S Canton Center RD
Canton, MI 48188
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Saline, MI: Dr. William Gittlen, Climate Reality Project

William Gittlen, MD, a speaker trained by the Climate Reality Project, will present on the science of climate change, its impacts, and ways it can be addressed.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Gittlen was educated at Cass Tech HS, Pomona College (BA), the London School of Economics (general course), the University of Michigan (special student), and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MD). He completed an Emergency Medicine Residency in Bakersfield, California and practiced Emergency Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco area for 26 years. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Gittlen has traveled throughout the world, climbing mountains and treking across America, South America, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. 

Location: Saline District Library
555 N Maple Rd
Saline, MI 48176
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 3:30-4:30

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