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Can local action save the climate?
Ann Arbor city council calls for divestment from fossil fuels
Renowned climate scientist James Hansen will headline the Ecology Center's annual dinner Oct. 3
Ecology Center joins broad coalition supporting Obama on carbon standards for power plants
James Hansen to be main speaker at Ecology Center annual dinner
350 Garden Challenge
The food industry accounts for about 10 percent of fossil fuel use in the United States, and about 40 percent of its carbon footprint is due to packaging, processing, and transportation. We gather community members together to put food gardens into front yards, teaching people where their food comes from and helping reduce our community’s per capita carbon footprint.
Figuring out how to reduce the carbon footprint of a home can be both intimidating and boring. By arranging tours of homes whose owners have already gone quite a few extra miles, we’re able to make climate-friendly home improvements seem like no-brainers.
Bicycle tours are a fun way to teach participants about climate-friendly activities and help them get to know their community better. This is part of our Car-Free Commutes goal.
We participate in program development for the Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan, as well as helping launch and/or promote existing programs (PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy, Commuter Challenge, etc.). Each year, we organize local events for global 350.org action days like the 10/10/10 Global Work Party and the 2011 Moving Planet Day. We have our eyes out for new opportunities and programs for our community and mobilize to support them.