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Local activists to join People's Climate March in NYC Sept. 21

Thousands of activists are expected to take part in the People's Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, and the Ecology Center is working with the local Sierra Club and other organizations to make sure Michigan is represented. Read More »

New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of 'bee-friendly' plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

[DETROIT, MI]– Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies, including the Ecology Center. The study can be downloaded at BeeAction.org. Read More »

Momentum building in campaign to enhance transit

Momentum is building in the campaign to enhance public transportation in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, but a strong effort will be needed to win the May 6 ballot proposal. Read More »

Can local action save the climate?

If the snow keeps falling like it has around here so far this month, we’ll exceed the record for January with a week to spare. “The scientists tell us that extreme weather is one of the consequences of climate change, and we've sure seen plenty of that around here the last several months,” according to Monica Patel, policy specialist at the Ecology Center. Read More »

Ann Arbor city council calls for divestment from fossil fuels

The Ann Arbor city council has adopted a resolution calling on the city’s retirement board to divest from fossil fuels, making the city one of the first 20 cities in the country to pursue divestment. On a national level, the divestment campaign has been spurred by Bill McKibben, the influential writer and teacher who was a founder of 350.org. Read More »

Renowned climate scientist James Hansen will headline the Ecology Center's annual dinner Oct. 3

James Hansen, the scientist whose testimony before Congress in 1988 first raised the threat of global warming to national and international attention, will be the keynote speaker at the Ecology Center’s fall dinner on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor. For tickets, see https://www.ecocenter.org/donate/fall-event/. Read More »

Ecology Center joins broad coalition supporting Obama on carbon standards for power plants

Eighteen Michigan businesses, faith and health organizations, including the Ecology Center, joined more than 150 groups from the Midwest in sending a letter to President Barack Obama supporting his directive to the U.S. Read More »

James Hansen to be main speaker at Ecology Center annual dinner

James Hansen, the scientist whose testimony before Congress in 1988 first raised the threat of global warming to national and international attention, will be the keynote speaker at the Ecology Center’s fall dinner on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor. Click here for information on tickets. Read More »

'Oil and Water Don't Mix!' rally opposes expanding oil pipeline at Mackinac

More than 30 climate-change activists from Ann Arbor joined Bill McKibben and hundreds of others for a July 14 rally to bring attention to Enbridge Energy's plans to expand the oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Read More »

Ecology Center applauds President's plan to take action on climate

President Obama laid out his administration’s plan for addressing climate change in a speech at Georgetown University today. The plan includes bold, game-changing policies that will lead to significant reductions in carbon emissions, as well as strategies to begin mitigating climate changes that are already threatening our economy and security. Read More »