Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival – 2019

We had a table at one of our favorite events of the year recently, the Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science Center.  This is an opportunity for us to reach out to youngsters – budding young climate activists, we hope! – as well as to tell their parents about the work that we do.  We gave the kids a chance to express their love for the planet in drawing, and it’s amazing how much they love the opportunity.  (Take a look at the photos below.)  Some of them were real perfectionists, erasing and refining their pictures until they got it just right. We got plenty of new sign-ups and told people about our monthly meetings, and hopefully recruited some new members.

Thanks to Leo Gnatovskiy, Nadine Wang, John Loken, Richard Barron, Ginny Rogers, Shelley Steele, and our newest volunteer, Hannah Halberstam for handling the tabling duties.  And special thanks to Nancy Stoll for putting together some phenomenal new display materials.  Can’t wait until next year’s Festival!

— David Gurk

4th of July Parade

What better way to fight the extreme heat on the 4th of July than advocating for action on climate change?!

Ann Arbor CCL volunteers marched in the Ann Arbor Jaycees 4th of July Parade through downtown Ann Arbor to share our message that we have a great solution to put us on the path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Despite being slightly upstaged by the entertaining Redford Jaycees Lawnmower Drill Corps marching directly in front of us, our crew was very well received by the large audience, hearing many cheers and shouts of encouragement along the way. We ran out of our 400 Carbon Dividend Check flyers (see photo below) early on!

We had loads of fun and came up with several ideas to make it even better next year.