Saturday, March 11, 12:30 pm at the Butler Public Library (218 N. McKean St. Butler, PA)
Marcellus Outreach Butler presents another opportunity to learn about climate change:
The presentation by Dr. Shawn K Davis will focus on how to discuss climate change and other environmental issues in persuasive ways, in order to influence peoples’ beliefs, attitudes and actions. It will cover the importance of knowing the audience, how to frame environmental issues, and potent communication tools, such as stories. Part talk, part workshop, come ready to discuss, learn and practice these environmental communication techniques. The program is free and open to all.
Dr. Davis is an assistant professor in the Parks and Recreation Department at Slippery Rock University. He completed a master’s degree in human dimensions of natural resources through a fellowship program with Walking Mountains Science Center in Colorado. Shawn’s Ph.D. research at Colorado State University involved investigating place-based educational strategies for communicating climate change in America’s National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. His current research involves a collaborative project that partners rock climbers with bat biologists to discover roosting locations in Colorado.
BUILDING A BUTLER REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOR
CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION
Get sociable! Meet up at the Brick House for Climate Cocktails
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 PM
Consider joining other local people who are concerned and motivated to be active about climate change. They will be getting together in the private banquet room of the Brick House in Butler for “Climate Cocktails” (118 North Main Street). Here’s a chance to connect with folks in a social atmosphere – food, drinks, conversation.
Climate March and Rally in Butler
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
This will be a “sister march” to the Peoples Climate Movement march in Washington, D.C. on the same day. Find details here.
Join Sustainable Slippery Rock for a presentation by Greg Winks, Solar Energy Consultant for SolarCity, on Friday, February 24th, 7:00 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building* in Slippery Rock. The presentation will cover the state of the solar industry in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania; how solar energy works; why someone would choose to “go solar”; financing options; and the timeline for converting to solar energy. This will be an informative presentation, not a sales pitch for any particular company or product.
Mr. Winks’ background includes educational outreach related to solar energy, assistance to homeowners, and consulting with commercial, municipal and institutional organizations in order to incorporate solar options into their long-term energy strategies. SolarCity is a “national leader in clean energy services, working toward efficient and affordable solar solutions for homeowners, businesses, schools and government organizations. http://www.solarcity.com/
*Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 174 South Main Street, just behind the buildings facing South Main Street along “Grange Alley.” Parking is available in the public lot along Elm Street. https://www.google.com/maps/ place/41%C2%B003’46.8%22N+80% C2%B003’21.6%22Wfirstname.lastname@example.org,- 80.0566242,18z/data=!3m1!4b1! 4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41. 062987!4d-80.055992 )
Join concerned citizens for a series of sessions to study and discuss the book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, written by climate scientist Mark Mann and cartoonist Tom Toles. The book summarizes where we are today on the climate change issue and how we got here, exploring the science, the politics, the confusion and the denial. The discussions will be facilitated by Marcellus Outreach Butler, a grassroots environmental organization formed in 2010 in Butler County to educate, advocate, and act in relation to the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), climate change, and the need for a transition to renewable energy.
During this first session, a film related to climate change will be shown as an introduction to the issue and the book. The book study will be conducted over three additional sessions, tentatively scheduled for January 4, 11 and 18, 2017. (These may be subject to change, based on availability and wishes of registered participants.)
Marcellus Outreach Butler will make a limited number of copies of the book available on a first-come, first-served basis to those interested, for a donation of $16.00. To register for the sessions or get further information, e-mail email@example.com .
Sustainable Slippery Rock will sponsor a a presentation by Slippery Rock University Professors Becky Thomas and Shawn Davis on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 pm, at the meeting place of Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation, (174 South Main Street in Slippery Rock, behind the building at 172 South Main). The event is free and open to all.
Titled “Making an impact with ‘No Impact’,” the presentation will relate to the professors’ experiences in doing the “No Impact Experiment” with students at two universities: lessons learned and ideas for scaling up in April and possibly including the whole community.
Inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog by Colin Beavan, the “No Impact Project” is an international, environmental nonprofit founded in 2009. A description from the project’s website explains that, “The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.”
Learn more about the project at http://noimpactproject.org/experiment/.One of several video testimonials by project participants about their experiences also may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og4p_STCLog&index=2&list=PLWQUrgLEJaHdQqCd3k6q81uDQtVhWmSEb
Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market will open for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 7th at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and support the regional economy, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon through October.
Vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds will be featured at the beginning of the market season. Vendors also will offer a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including grass-finished beef, eggs, goat milk fudge, jellies, breads and other baked goods. Unique handcrafted items, such as soaps, lotions, natural home products, candles, and jewelry, will be available as well. New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In addition to items for sale, the market schedules live music; informative speakers and displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living; and activities for children. On opening day, local musician Brian Tighe will share his singing and songwriting talents. Keep up with what’s happening at the market at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM. Call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276. Better yet, come see for yourself what the market has to offer.