As we adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all taking urgent steps to protect our health, the health of the people we love, and the health of people most vulnerable. The rapid spread of the virus is forcing changes to our day-to-day lives at breakneck speed.
This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Teach-In on the Environment, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the first and largest of hundreds of Earth Day events held across the United States that year, in what, at the time, constituted the largest mass mobilization of people.
Your old computers, cell phones, and other electronics are hiding in plain sight as iconic beaded Mardi Gras throws. The Ecology Center recently tested 56 beaded necklaces and found e-waste and toxic chemicals.
Since its founding, the Ecology Center has been at the forefront of efforts to stop suburban sprawl. Some early campaigns, like blocking the “Super Sewer” wastewater treatment plant in the 1970s, resulted in victories; other efforts, like organizing against the Briarwood Mall.
We are working toward a cultural transformation that will drive the way we design, consume and dispose of products, with a focus on "better, not more." We use research, knowledge creation, education, organizing, and mobilization to make this change.
We believe that environmental awareness and caring for the natural world should be crucial components of youth education, and we hope to make a difference by improving the environment one child at a time.