FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE

In collaboration with the international movement inspired by Greta Thunberg, the KCCC has been organizing weekly meetings to inform and network the local community for action on the climate crisis. Every Friday at noon there is a high quality and engaging session from a range of experts and advocacy groups on the causes, consequences and actions for a carbon neutral future.

Spring 2021

Friday February 12 - Guest Speaker, Executive Director of Open Doors Kalamazoo, Stephanie Hoffman will share the organizations key goals and strategies. Open Doors is trying to break the red lines - if you are not familiar with redlining or Kalamazoo history, we highly recommend watching this presentation by Matt Smith on How FDR Segregated Kalamazoo.  

 

Friday February 26 - Guest Speaker, Dr. Cybelle Shattuck, will present on Environmental Justice and Climate Action. This presentation will explore social systems that cause inequitable vulnerability to the effects of climate change and listen to what frontline communities say about how to build a just and sustainable future. (confirmed)

 

Friday March 12 - Guest Speakers, Dr. Steve Bertman and Dr. Paul Pancella. Why are electric vehicles the way of the future and what should you do about it? Please check out the Kalamazoo Electric Vehicle Association on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooEVA/  (confirmed)

 

Friday March 26 - Guest Speaker, Jessica Simons, Vice President for Conservation Stewardship at Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC). Jessica will share results of a Forest Carbon Inventory and how land management is a part of KNC Climate Action Planning. (description pending approval)

 

Saturday April 17 - KPL event confirmed

 

Monday April 19 - 10:00-Noon. Michigan Environment and Climate Policy Townhall.

 

Friday April 23 - Mayors Climate Action (Tentative)

Winter/Spring 2020 (Truncated by Covid-19)

January 10 – "Climate History to 1850: The Geological Record" - Duane Hampton
January 17 – "The Seas are Rising: Ocean Systems" - Michelle Kominz
January 24 – "Debunking Climate Myths" – Duane Hampton
January 31 – "Climate Change in the American Mind" – Denise Keele
February 7 – "Climate Impacts on the Great Lakes" – Dave Karowe
February 14 – "Climate Policies & Politics" – Paul Clements
February 21 – "Making Your Voice Heard: Your Climate Vote" – MI LCV
February 28 – "Beyond Food Justice: Rights to Land, Water and Seed" – Brionne Fonville
Saturday, March 7 – "Regenerative Agriculture Panel" – Kalamazoo Nature Center
March 13 – "The Global Political Economy of Sustainability" – Paul Clements
March 20 – "Carbon Neutral Power" – Cancelled

March 27 – "Climate Reality: Building Resilience" – Cancelled
April 3 – "Celebrating Food Around Lake Michigan" – Cancelled
April 10 – "Carbon Criminals, Climate Crimes" – Cancelled
Saturday, April 18 – "Kalamazoo Earth Day Celebration" – Cancelled

Fall 2019

September 27 – "The Scientific Case for Urgent Action on Climate Change" - David Karowe
October 4 – "Institutions and Politics of the Climate Crisis" - Paul Clements

October 11 – "Climate Refugees, Migrants and Displaced People" - Deirdre Courtney, Casey Schotter and Allen Webb
October 18 – "Empowering Youth to Act" – Kalamazoo Central High School
October 25 – "Meet the KCCC" – Arcus Center
November 1 – "Climate Action Planning in Higher Education" - Jeff Spoelstra and Sara Stockwood
November 8 – "Day of Student Action-TBA" - Kalamazoo Central High School students
November 15 – "Low Carbon Cooking" Chefs: Hristina Petrovska and Lauren Johnson

November 22 – "Gathering and Gifts: How to Holiday Differently" - Jenny Doezema
December 6 – "Michigan Climate Policy" - Denise Keele

December 13 – "Eating for Climate Resilience" - Jenny Doezema and Hristina Petrovska

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