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  • Paul Vial
    commented 2018-12-19 11:12:40 -0500
    I could not submit the form to register for the Michigan Climate Action Summit, all fields were complete. Can you identify a reason as to why I could not submit?
  • Sehvilla Mann
    commented 2018-11-29 15:00:55 -0500
    Hi MICAN,

    I’m a reporter with WMUK public radio in Kalamazoo. We recently asked our listeners to send us their questions on climate change and we got many thoughtful responses. The first one we’re taking up is, “What are the primary sources of greenhouse gases in our region?” The region in this case being Southwest Michigan, approximately Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch counties. They also had a second question: what can be done to reduce these emissions?

    Do you have someone at your organization who could help us explore and answer these questions? I’ve done some research and have a theory of what our largest sources of greenhouse gases in the region are, but I’d like to hear from an expert and also learn more about what we can do to get rid of those emissions.

    I would need to talk to someone by the end of next week (the 7th) to meet my deadline. Should take more than 20 minutes of their time.

    Thanks for your consideration!

    Best wishes,

    Sehvilla Mann

    News Producer

    WMUK 102.1 FM
  • Nick Schroeder
    commented 2018-11-24 11:34:51 -0500
    I’ll plow this plowed ground and beat this dead horse yet some more. Maybe somebody will step up and ‘splain scientifically how/why I’ve got it wrong – or not.

    Radiative Green House Effect theory (TFK_bams09):

    1) 288 K – 255 K = 33 C warmer with atmosphere, RGHE’s only reason to even exist – rubbish. (simple observation & Nikolov & Kramm)

    But how, exactly is that supposed to work?

    2) There is a 333 W/m^2 up/down/”back” energy loop consisting of the 0.04% GHG’s that absorbs/”traps”/re-emits per QED simultaneously warming BOTH the atmosphere and the surface. – Good trick, too bad it’s not real, thermodynamic nonsense.

    And where does this magical GHG energy loop first get that energy?

    3) From the 16 C/289 K/396 W/m^2 S-B 1.0 ε ideal theoretical BB radiation upwelling from the surface. – which due to the non-radiative heat transfer participation of the atmospheric molecules is simply not possible.

    No BB upwelling & no GHG energy loop & no 33 C warmer means no RGHE theory & no CO2 warming & no man caused climate change.

    Got science? Bring it!!

    Nick Schroeder, BSME CU ‘78, CO PE 22774

    Experiments in the classical style:

    No 33 C and K-T
  • Wendy Berg
    commented 2018-11-07 16:20:17 -0500
  • Jesse Szarowicz
    commented 2018-10-01 14:49:17 -0400
    Good afternoon,

    My name is Jesse Szarowicz, and I’m with Lyman Briggs College of Science within Michigan State University. I am conducting a study on environmental groups in Michigan, specifically on how they frame their message in order to gain public support via funding or legislative activity. I was wondering if you could take the time to answer some questions to help assist me in the study. I have numbered the questions and put them in the body of this email. If you could take the time and answer them to the best of your ability as soon as possible that would be wonderful. All responses will be kept anonymous, so no need to worry about that. If there are any questions you feel you are unwilling or unable to answer please just let me know, but I ask you answer what you can— any data is helpful.

    Here are the questions:

    1) What part or parts of the Michigan ecosystem is your group primarily focused on protecting?

    2) Why do you think it is important to protect this part of the ecosystem? What would be the potential fallout if this part of the ecosystem failed to be conserved?

    3)How are you funded?

    4) What types of activities/Events/etc. do you host to promote your cause? In what ways to you interact with the public?

    5)Have you seen an increase, decrease, or steady level of funding and/or legislation (not necessarily successful) in the past 5 years?

    6)How do you market your mission to the public in order to gain support? How do you convince people to support your cause? Why should people care about your cause?

    7)Are you, or have your ever been, involved with legislation (not necessarily successful legislation) at any level of government?

    8) What kind of fields do your staff come from? Are they scientists? Volunteers? Activists? etc.

    9)What are your organization’s goals for the next few years?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for your participation, I appreciate it very much. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email or phone.


    Jesse Szarowicz

    Lyman Briggs College

    Michigan State University

    (616) 283-5817
  • Newaygo County Climate March Wagoner
    commented 2018-08-20 15:55:25 -0400
    Newaygo County is having a People’s Climate March on Saturday, September 8 from 11am – 1pm. We would love to have someone from MICAN speak – we are seeking speakers for just 5-7 minutes before and after our march. Please let me know if there is someone with whom I can speak about this. Also, how do I post our event on the website? I have created a log in. We are hoping this march will spur a citizens and environmental organization coalition in our county to increase awareness, inform the community and encourage action for care and sustainability. Thank you!
  • Jaideep Visave
    commented 2018-08-08 15:54:20 -0400
    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am having 7 years of work experience in India where I managed the DRR/CCA centre at district level and 2 years in Italy, in Disaster risk reduction/CCA area. I would like to be a volunteer to MICAN in program management or research projects. I want my knowledge to be utilised at international level with sharp mind.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Yours Sincerely,
  • Susan Patricia steig
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-07 12:08:36 -0500
    Thank you for help with the livestream!!!
  • Susan Patricia steig
    @SteigSusan tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-07 12:08:29 -0500
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2018-01-23 21:48:38 -0500
    Oops. I see the Lansing Climate Action events now. Apologies about that. I’m still trying to do what I can to flesh out that list more, though. Tomorrow Lansing for Revolution has this— . Jan 26 the Sierra Club has this— . To get the kind of climate policy we need to minimize damages, we’ll need a movement of significant size and stature. These events should be useful for achieving that end.
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2018-01-23 20:55:06 -0500
    Alright, so I found your Events page. You don’t mention Sierra Club, Sunrise, 350, CCL, or GLREA events relating to climate action. I’ll get to work compiling what I can from these folks of this year. Please let me know if I’m forgetting anybody. Thanks.
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2018-01-23 19:04:30 -0500
    Hi MICAN,

    I’m in Washington at the moment. I’ve found this link to be very useful during my time here— Do you know how we could set up one of these for Michigan, or is that something I should just ask 350Seattle directly? Also, do you know if there’s any Midwest Climate Action group for our region like there is a Cascadia Climate Action group for this region?

    Please let me know as soon as you’re able to. Thank you,

    Donald Zepeda

    Lansing Climate Action/Lansing 350
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2017-12-28 22:12:10 -0500
    Hi MICAN,

    Are you interested in this?

    Let me know as soon as you’re able to. Thank you,

    Donald Zepeda
  • Donald Zepeda
    @donaldjdzepeda tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-14 16:30:18 -0400
  • William Wells
    commented 2017-08-29 11:06:20 -0400
    There is a solution to this problem that has been used successfully for years. But it is expensive a pipe is placed around the existing pipe line, it is then pressurerized and held at a set pressure the exterior line is then covered with a synthetic that repels growth of foreign bodies that might harm the pipe line while they are installing this boot they clean and repair the existing line. I am 72 and have many health problems but I have a sharp mind. And if you like what I say contact me.
  • William Wells
    commented 2017-08-29 11:05:24 -0400
    There is a solution to this problem that has been used successfully for years. But it is expensive a pipe is placed around the existing pipe line, it is then pressurerized and held at a set pressure the exterior line is then covered with a synthetic that repels growth of foreign bodies that might harm the pipe line while they are installing this boot they clean and repair the existing line. I am 72 and have many health problems but I have a sharp mind. And if you like what I say contact me.
  • Annie Gilson
    commented 2017-08-15 16:04:11 -0400
    I run the Department of English’s internship program at Oakland University. I was wondering if you need interns. I might be able to place students with you if you do. I am also interested in volunteering myself.
  • Michael Macaluso
    commented 2017-08-10 14:59:01 -0400

    My name is Michael Macaluso and I am this year’s organizer of Michigan Sociological Association being held in Grand Rapids Michigan at Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids) on October 27th and 28th. Our conference theme this year is Environmental Justice with Keynote Dr. Paul Mohai. I was wondering if the information could be posted on your webpage or FB page? If that is a possibility, please let me know what information is needed and any costs involved. All the flyers and calls are complete and I can send the information.

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Michael Macaluso

    Affiliate Professor

    Sociology Department

    Grand Valley State University


    Phone: 616-331-2871
  • Thomas S Stanton
    commented 2017-04-26 17:12:02 -0400
    MICAN — no march in Lansing on Saturday? I’m ready to march! What time and where?
  • Theodore Converse Jr.
    commented 2017-04-26 14:51:49 -0400
    Hello! I recently registered Grand Rapids to be a Sister March for People’s Climate March. I understand the previous one was cancelled. I wanted to let anyone interested know it’s back on.

    Here’s the link to the PCM event page:

    Thank you!
  • Ron Tschudy
    commented 2017-04-10 22:36:46 -0400
    Did you just get something from me? I’m not sure it went out. If you did, don’t post it publicly; just, please, respond to my two questions. If you didn’t, please tell me and I’ll try again.
  • Ron Tschudy
    commented 2017-04-10 22:33:32 -0400
    Two questions.

    1) I am on the Antrim County Planning Commission, and we are re-writing our master plan. I have written something on climate change for the plan (which the group will consider in May) but wonder if you have something you’ve done you could send me. I would still use my own words, but your ideas would be helpful, I’m sure. 2) Has anyone crunched the numbers to determine whether, say, northern lower Michigan, is carbon positive, negative or near neutral? That is, whether our forests and farming eat up some (how much?) of the CO2 and methane our cars, buildings (heating), manufacturing, meth labs, etc. produce.
  • Mark Willing
    commented 2017-04-05 14:25:01 -0400
    The Trump administration’s goal of a “smaller” Federal government, restructuring, and realignment, etc. has left us with this sense that the states have been nearly abandoned with regards to environmental protection. The recent interview on Fox News between Chris Wallace and EPA director Scott Pruitt reinforces this idea, but two points made by Mr. Pruitt made clear that, one, that the EPA has only powers given to them through Congress which may limit the power of enforcement at the state level, and two, his goal to put more of the environmental responsibility and enforcement upon the individual states. That said, like it or not, do not expect the Federal government to fund important environmental projects within the individual states. Instead of protesting, having marches in Washington DC, and asking for donations to pursue Federal legislation changes,…as Michiganders, need to put our energy and money towards Michigan. If we don’t want fracking or more pipelines in Michigan, that’s our business, and we need to do something about it. If we want the pipeline under the Mackinac strait shut down, we need to do it. If we want more state incentives for residential and commercial solar projects, we need to do it. If we want to clean up agricultural water run-off, we need to do it. To be crass, "F**k the Federal government! Stop wasting our energy and money on them. Let’s focus on what we can do within Michigan. Give our own Department of Environment and other state regulatory agencies the legal power and authority to enforce state legislation. To be quite frank, I have made a point of resisting all these “donate now” e-mails I receive that want to focus on blocking the Trump administration. At least until 2018 primaries, there is nothing we can do with regards to this. I would, however, put my money and energy towards forward progress of environmental issues within Michigan. Get the word out on the media outlets, make people aware, and then push the agenda within Michigan.
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2017-03-21 18:28:31 -0400
    Hey, MICAN. We have a bus coming from Lansing to head out to the People’s Climate March in DC, 4/29 (we’ll leave late 4/28.) — . It can fit 56 people, and we’re trying to fill every seat. If y’all know anybody who might be interested, feel free to pass it around. Questions can be fielded to or, or you can just respond here. Thank you.
  • Rob Chasen
    commented 2017-03-20 16:03:19 -0400
    The Rally bus platform enables us to easily add stops if there are other cities that you expect demand – we can add very easily, just let me know what other cities to add. If it turns out demand is lackluster, no harm no foul (but we are seeing lots of bookings from MI). Feel free to touch base to discuss this or other aspects of Rally’s service.


  • susam barker
    commented 2017-03-13 13:51:12 -0400
    I rsvp’d for the climate march in Kalamazoo next month, but the map you showed does not indicate where in Kalamazoo people are going to meet, and I need a destination point with basic directions. Please advise. Susan Barker
  • Rob Chasen
    commented 2017-03-13 11:10:23 -0400
    Rally has buses from MI to the Climate March: Promo code CLIMATEMARCH is good for $5 off (first 100 bookings). We brought over 40,000 folks to the Women’s March and would love to help here as well:

    Rally has informational sessions setup regarding buses to the March:

    8:30 PM ET on Tues 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 and Thurs 3/16, 3/23, 3/30

    10 AM ET on Wed 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and Fri 3/17, 3/24, 3/31

    Web conference link; or just dial in using the conference call number:


    Code 803-404-843
  • Donald Zepeda
    @donaldjdzepeda tweeted link to this page. 2017-03-12 22:19:59 -0400
  • Donald Zepeda
    commented 2017-03-12 22:19:34 -0400
    Hey, MICAN.

    I put this list together for Lansing 350’s e-mail list/Google group. Thought you might be interested. It pertains to the Lansing area, specifically.

    Hey folks. Here we’ve put together a list of events that relate to climate and climate action in the area (or being promoted by orgs in the area) that you might be interested in, going up to June 13th. Of course you don’t have to go to all of them, and some might be more pertinent to your tastes than others. But here’s the list that we have at the moment.

    3/13 – Shut Down Enbridge Line 5 Rally — . 7:30 AM – 10 PM, 7109 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing MI 48917-1120, USA

    3/14 – Ready for 100% East Lansing Meeting — . 6 PM, Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd East Lansing MI 48823 E-mail Andrew Sarpolis at if you can’t make it to this meeting and/or want to find out more about what went down at the Lansing meeting, how you can help, where to go from here, etc.

    3/16 – State Energy Legislation overview — 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Michigan Energy Options, 405 Grove St., East Lansing MI, by GLREA policy chair Sarah Mulkoff. Our guess is that this will get wonky.

    3/16 – PCM Planning Meeting — . 7 PM, Schuler Books & Music in Eastwood Town Center. This one is being put on by us. We’ll likely sort out details for how to get to DC, what we’ll do from now until then, how we’ll get people to sister marches if they don’t want to go to DC, etc. Ideal would be to get as many people to DC as possible. : P

    3/16 – Lansing Citizens Climate Lobby meeting. 7-9 PM Jacqueline Stewart’s house, 852 Lantern Hill Dr., East Lansing, MI. I think they want you to listen to a conference call recording before you show up here, if you show up. Dunno if the recording’s up on the web, yet, though. The PCM planning meeting for us should take priority over this meeting, but we just wanted folks to know about this, at least.

    3/16 – Merchants of Doubt (movie about how climate denial has been sown) showing —¬if_t=group_comment_reply¬if_id=1489350374985354 . 8 PM, Hedrick House, MSU. Again, the PCM Planning Meeting should take precedence to this, but we wanted folks to know that it was happening.

    3/25 – America Divided will be screened from 1-3 PM at Mission Union Baptist Church. This showing is being offered by a group called Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, and is supported by the Kellogg Foundation, also sponsored by One Love Global. This isn’t strictly climate-related, but in the interest of intersectionality of issues, Anna brought this to our attention. We will be more likely to achieve what we want to see in the world by bringing what we know into other spaces (and helping others out with their problems).

    3/25 – Lansing 350 Monthly Meeting — . 4-5 PM, downtown Lansing CADL library. Here we will meet, talk a bit about how the PCM Planning Meeting went, see where we need to go from here, if anything’s changed, updates, etc. If you want to add any items to the agenda, please let us know.

    3/30 – Before the Flood (movie) showing — 7 PM Hannah Community Center. $7 tickets, $5 for seniors, free for students.

    4/8 – Moving Congress to Yes on Climate Solutions — 9 AM – 12 PM is free, the rest of the day is $22 (it’s a full day event, lunch is included.) It’s free for students. Hannah Community Center.

    4/20 – LBW&L Community Solar Update — 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Michigan Energy Options. An update on the status of the 300 kW solar project in Burcham Park.

    4/22 – March for Science Lansing — . 1 – 4 PM, Michigan State Capitol, 110 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48933. We can use this rally to prime people up (even further than we already would have by this point) to go to the People’s Climate March the next week. And to march for science, too, and make sure climate has an even bigger presence there.

    4/29 – The People’s Climate March— . This will be in DC. Those who can’t make it/don’t want to go to DC we can send to other marches in the Midwest (Chicago, Traverse City, etc., wherever seems best for you.) But the goal is to get as many to DC as we can.

    5/11 – Battery Options for PV — 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Michigan Energy Options. Solar would be so good, but the sun’s not always shining and there aren’t good enough options for storage! This presentation will explore that concern, and my guess is that it will ultimately completely delegitimize said concern. (Aside from batteries intended specifically for solar storage that exist today, electric water heaters and electric vehicles can serve as solar energy batteries, as well. And reduced energy demand, increased energy efficiency should help, too. [This is just what the author of this e-mail thinks they know on this issue, and might not be fully comprehensive.])

    6/11-6/13 – International Citizens Climate Lobby Conference in D.C. If you’re interested in this, let us know and we can connect you to the person who can give you more information on that.
  • Kimberly Simon
    commented 2017-03-03 20:41:12 -0500
    I have an idea event to protect our great lakes, but it’s a biggy – I mean REALLY big! We line the shores of land and water of the Great Lakes in a great show of unity that crosses state lines, party lines and national lines….It would take place July 3rd starting at 10 A.M. We call it “All Hands on Deck”. Along with the press we hope to receive we hope to bring attention to legislation we want to take place to protect the great lakes which is a global treasure. Any takers? Join our discussion page below and help make this important event take off!


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