January 2023 Mid-Mitten Chapter News

(Climate change from green growth to drought)

Jan. 9  Progress Towards Limiting Climate Change and its Impacts

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed by Congress in 2022 includes provisions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  What will the projected impacts of these changes be? Will these actions be enough to limit climate change to less than 2 degrees Celsius?

Mike Colucci will lead participants in the use of the En-ROADS climate simulation model to test the climate change provisions in the IRA, as well as other policies and solutions suggested by participants. You will learn how much impact the IRA provisions are expected to have and what else will be needed to limit global warming to below 2°C. The simulator is a transparent policy simulation model that provides participants with the ability to explore the likely consequences of different policies on climate change. Mike is currently serving as one of the group leaders for the Saginaw Bay Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). This program will take place at the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Road, Midland, MI. Meet inside the Visitor Center, 6:30-8:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

Annual Meeting Recap  At the November 9, 2022 annual meeting, 13 members were present. We showed a picture presentation of all the activities we did including indoor educational programs, tree plantings, Earth Day community event, field trips to local nature preserves, and planning meetings.  Officers elected for 2023 are: new Secretary Sarah Galt, treasurer Kay Rochlitz, vice president Susan Erhardt, and President Jeanne Henderson. We thank Karol Walker for her many years of service as our Secretary!