For Friday, April 7, 2023
1 – April is Earth Month. And April 22 is Earth Day.
Classrooms around Michigan will take part in an Earth Day Student Webinar on April 20. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is hosting the event, which will share ways that young people are taking action in their communities to care for water resources.
State staffers will talk about some of the biggest issues facing Michigan water. Webinar participants also will hear from students and teachers who are helping address the challenges.
More information on the student webinar is online at Michigan.gov/EarthDay.
2 – Next week, on Tuesday, April 11, Saginaw Valley State University will host climate control advocates Bill McKibben and Angela Ardis for a presentation.
The event, called “Diversity Brings Strength to Climate Action,” will feature a lecture by McKibben and Ardis followed by a fireside chat with an SVSU environmental science major and an environmentalist from Bay City.
The topic is the impact of climate change and steps ordinary people can take to alleviate it.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at SVSU’s Curtiss Hall.
Presenter Bill McKibben is an author who helped established 350.org, which has organized protests for climate action throughout the world.
Ardis is the Michigan State director for NextGen America, a youth voting and civic engagement organization.
3 – Also planned for April are Lake Huron Fisheries Workshops.
The public can join in-person or online.
A Lake Huron Offshore Fisheries Session is Tuesday, April 11, in Alpena and virtually through Zoom.
It’s being held by Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension in partnership with state and federal agencies, and local fishery organizations. The workshop will cover current research and information related to the status of Lake Huron fisheries.
A Saginaw Bay Fisheries Session is Thursday, April 13, in Standish and also online. That workshop will cover current research and information related to the status of Saginaw Bay fisheries.
To register for the fisheries workshops, see MichiganSeaGrant.org.
– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Public Radio 90.1 FM (listen live). Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes