How did the Environment Fare in the Midterms?

How did the Environment Fare in the Midterms?

 
 
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On today’s show, the IHIH gang share their hot takes on what the recent midterm elections mean for the environment moving forward. Bella breaks down a special millage proposal in her native Ingham County that protects certain farmlands and open spaces against urban development, and the Ann Arborite in the room (Ed) shares his thoughts on the city’s passage of Proposal A, which nixes Mayor Christopher Taylor’s deal with Chicago-based developer Core Spaces in order to turn the city-owned Liberty Lot into an urban green space. 

Heena tells us about problems that some University of Michigan students had at the polls after registering with TurboVote in the weeks leading up to the election, and the whole crew updates listeners on several environmentally-focused proposals nationwide that were discussed on our October 26th show, including Florida’s Amendment 9, which conveniently bans both offshore drilling and indoor vaping, and Colorado’s Proposal 112, which would have required energy companies to drill farther away from private homes, schools, and hospitals.

You can find links to some of the other measures we covered in today’s show below:

Montana’s Initiative 186

Alaska’s Measure 1

Arizona’s Proposal 127

Nevada’s Question 6

Colorado’s Proposal 112

Colorado’s Amendment 74 

Florida’s Amendment 9 

Washington’s Initiative 1631

“Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble” Author Stephen Jenkinson

“Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble” Author Stephen Jenkinson

 
 
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On today’s show, we bring you a conversation between regular host Ed Waisanen and Stephen Jenkinson, author, teacher, storyteller, spiritual activist, and farmer.  His most recent book, “Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble,” considers North America’s paradoxical relationship with elderhood as the region’s population continues to age yet fails to integrate intergenerational wisdom into its cultural consciousness during a time marked by a changing climate and sociopolitical unrest.

Stephen Jenkinson will be coming to the Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center in Ypsilanti as part of his “Nights of Grief and Mystery” tour.  You can find out more about Jenkinson on his website.

Plugging-in to Solar Energy

Plugging-in to Solar Energy

 
 
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Returning champions Meg, Logan, and Aurora discuss local ballot initiatives across the U.S. including carbon emissions fees in Washington, proactive water pollution prevention in Montana, fish protections in Alaska, a Floridian combo bill that intertwines vaping and off-shore drilling, and more! As an added bonus, the crew unveils their Halloween costumes for this year—and Aurora’s is quite chilling.

Also, Logan conducts his first interview with Chris Bowman, a graduate student at Michigan. Check out more details below:

Over the summer, Chris Bowman served as an intern for the Rocky Mountain Institute: a prestigious Colorado-based nonprofit organization which brands itself as a ‘think-and-do’ tank. There, he got plugged-into distribution grid work with solar energy cooperatives of which there are just shy of 1000 in the US. Specifically, Bowman focused his efforts on expanding and hastening the transition to renewable energy via market forces.

Now in the fall, Bowman is back at Michigan continuing his graduate education as a proud, “Erber”. The Erb Institute is a dual-degree program in which students earn an MBA from the Ross School of Business as well as a master’s from the School for Environment and Sustainability over the course of three years. Bowman joined the program to gain a deeper understanding of the business, economics, and politics that set the stage for renewable energy markets to perform successfully. He speaks with fervor regarding the broadening transition to photovoltaics and renewables as our host Logan investigates a  vast spectrum of subjects, from front-of-the-meter generation to greater moral imperatives.

IPCC & Carbon Neutrality

IPCC & Carbon Neutrality

 
 
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The temperature rises in the studio as Climate Blue experts Sam Basile and Tim Arvan give their hot takes on the recent IPCC report. Basile, a founder and former director of Climate Blue is now a PhD candidate in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at UofM, while Arvan is the current director of the organization and an ambitious student in PitE and PPE. Climate Blue is a student organization at the University of Michigan that sends an observer delegation to the annual Conference of Parties climate talks under the UNFCCC.

A significant news item brought to the table by co-host Logan is a surprising  environmental commitment made by Mark Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan. Listen as Bella, Logan, Ed and Heena take a closer look!

Find out more about Climate Blue by logging onto  http://www.climateblue.org, liking them on Facebook, emailing climateblueannarbor@gmail.com.

Mayan Power and Light

Mayan Power and Light

 
 
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On Friday, hosts Ed, Bella, and Logan interviewed John Barrie and  Monika Goforth in an effort to ‘shed some light’ on the inner machinations of the Mayan Power and Light Program (MPL). The MPL co-founders discuss the origins and motivations for creating the program such as ushering-in a green economy and creating businesses within small communities in Guatemala. Breaks from the show feature Aurora and Tex’s top picks for solar-themed songs.

Want more information? Students who would like to get involved in these projects can volunteer to join them in Detroit or look into opportunities to travel to Guatemala with the team. Check out them out at apptechdesign.org

 

The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP!)

The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP!)

 
 
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We give this episode a #2 (out of 2).

Co-hosts Audrey and Heena sat down with artist, educator, activist, and creator of the POOP Project, Shawn Shafner, and University of Michigan Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Nancy Love. The topic was recycling waste, specifically the “waste” produced by our bodies.

We caught Shawn in the middle of his Assume the Throne tour. He’s been on the road preaching body (and bathroom)-positivity. Professor Love caught us up on her and Audrey’s urine-derived fertilizers project. If you’re on the UM campus, the project is accepting donations in the GG Brown building.

Hurricane Florence Update

Hurricane Florence Update

 
 
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The IHIH gang talks  friendly skunks, free hydrangeas, and rain gardening on this week’s episode. UNC Chapel Hill student, Becky, calls in to provide insight to hurricane Florence. Also, IHIH novice, Aurora, provides a segment featuring the word ‘zenith’.

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

 
 
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The semester is just starting up again and we’re live once more! We’re still building up the student team so we returned to a classic formula: riffing on the news of the day!

Featuring:

Old-timer Ed Waisanen, returning champion Bella Isaacs, and proper BBC journalist Leana Hosea. We even heard from Detroiter and WCBN legend Jim “Tex” Manheim from the other side of the studio glass.

Hits include: Continue reading Bird Watching

All Childish Things! Roustabout Theatre at WCBN

All Childish Things! Roustabout Theatre at WCBN

 
 
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Joe Zettelmaier and Joey Albright of Roustabout Theatre Troupe were greeted by familiar faces as they descended into the basement studios of WCBN this past Friday. It’s not Joe’s first time on the mic as you may remember our spooky halloween show from last fall. Hoping to steer clear of ghost-related technical difficulties this time, Joe and Joey joined regular host Ben Sonnega to talk about the upcoming rendition of All Childish Things.

A comedy set in a galaxy far, far away (Cincinnati, Ohio). Three life-long friends and die-hard Star Wars fans, along with a less-than-enthralled conspirator, gather in a basement to plan the caper of the millennium. Together, they will steal millions of dollars worth of Star Wars merchandise and memorabilia. But even the best laid plans can go awry as friendships are tested. Will the force be with them?

Whether you’re a Star Wars lover or not, this isn’t going to be a show you’ll want to miss.

SHOW TIMES:

Thursdays at 7:30pm — May 31st and June 7th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm — June 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th
Sundays at 2pm — June 10th and 17th

VENUE: The Dennis McComb Performing Arts Center within Milan High School. 200 Big Red Dr. Milan MI 48160.

Grab your tickets HERE!

 

Knowing Climate Change: A Student Panel on Accountability and Accessibility

Knowing Climate Change: A Student Panel on Accountability and Accessibility

 
 
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Under the current administration, phrases such as “fake news” or “alternative facts” have made their way into the common vernacular. On this episode of It’s Hot In Here, guests Kylie Schafer, Amy Pandit, and Justin Schell joined regular host Ben Sonnega for a discussion of their undergraduate class’s collaboration with Justin and the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative.

Kylie is a junior in the school for public health, and Amy is a junior studying data science in the school of engineering. They were part of a class run by Liz Ultee that looked into the effects of climate change and pollution through readings on events such as the famed contamination in Love Canal, NY, or in Flint, MI. Beyond that the class is a community-based learning course. This means that the class usually takes part in some sort of direct community engagement or volunteer experience related to their topic, and this class got to do something particularly relevant.

Justin Schell is Director of the Shapiro Design Lab at U-M and has been involved with the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative since early 2017. The EDGI website was designed to monitor wording changes made to government websites, particularly pertaining to climate science and data sets. The website uses an algorithm to track changes, but it takes citizen involvement to sift through the changes and determine what is actually significant. This is where Liz’s class stepped in. The class got to contribute to EDGI’s efforts while learning about access to information and how to play an active role in holding governments accountable.

Tune in for a delightful and thought-provoking discussion!