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Earth Day EveryDay

Date: Apr 17, 2017


Earth Day EveryDay serves to honor the many people and organizations in Northern Michigan who, every day, instill the principles of Earth Day into the life of our community 

Its goal is to demonstrate the educational and career opportunities that are present right here in our own community.  Its goal is to also inspire us to take personal actions to care for the Earth every day.

Calendar of Events:

Monday, April 17
Film showing “Seed: The Untold Story”
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Library Conference rooms 1-2

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

The movie will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Larry Dyer, Local Food Alliance, and Anne Morningstar, Bear Creek Organic Farm.  Light snacks will be available.

Larry Dyer has worked in the realm of sustainable and organic agriculture, agricultural ecology and community-based food systems for more than 30 years. He has a doctorate in Entomology from Michigan State University and he is a Holistic Management® Certified Educator. His experience includes work with Native American communities in Northern Michigan developing sovereign tribal food systems, growing in a hoop house at Bay Mills Community College, growing vegetables at Olney Friends School and Growing in Place Community Farm, and farming with horses and oxen at Tillers International.  As a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, he worked on agroforestry projects with a cooperative of small farmers. Since 2011, Dyer has offered several dozen classes at North Central Michigan College, and has played a leadership role in the Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan since its inception.

Tuesday, April 18
Brown Bag Panel Discussion: Water is Life! Standing Rock to the Straits of Mackinac
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Library Conference rooms 1-2

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has drawn the support of hundreds of tribes, and environmental and social justice activists from around the world. Their almost year-long encampment on the banks of the Cannonball River offers lessons for local “Water Protectors” concerned the about our Great Lakes and inland waters. North Central instructor and LTBB tribal member, Fred Harrington, will moderate a panel of area activists who have travelled to Standing Rock, including Stephen Brede, Ellis Boal and LuAnne Kozma.

Wednesday, April 19
Film showing: “The True Cost”
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Library Conference rooms 1-2

The True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Shanna Robinson, North Central instructor, will lead a discussion following the movie.

Light snacks available.

Thursday, April 20
Keynote Presentation: Postlude to Paris: Where Do We Go from Here?
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Library Conference rooms 1-2

George Heartwell will revisit the Paris Accords and will speak about what is happening in 2017 up to Earth Day. Light snacks and Q&A moderated by Kerri Finlayson, North Central instructor, follow the presentation.

George Heartwell serves in the part-time capacity of Community Sustainability Coordinator at Grand Valley State University following his retirement as Mayor of Grand Rapids.   During his 12-year tenure as Mayor, the city was recognized by the United Nations as the country’s first Regional Center for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the nation’s most sustainable mid-sized city, and Heartwell was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors with the first place award for climate protection in the large city category.  He has spoken widely throughout the globe on the subject of sustainability and is recognized as a content expert in this field. Heartwell has received Gubernatorial appointments from both Democrat and Republican Governors of Michigan, including his current appointment as State Transportation Commissioner, and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Resilience.  He was credentialed by the United Nations to represent U.S. Mayors at COP21, the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change in Paris in December, 2015.  He is ordained to Christian Ministry in the United Church of Christ.  In retirement, Heartwell is also producing maple syrup, raising bees gardening and spending as much time as possible fly fishing.

Sponsored by North Central Student Senate.

Friday, April 21
Band Concert – Biomassive
7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Iron Horse Café

A progressive jam band, Biomassive blends the organic feel of real-time music with deep, intelligent beats of their ground shaking sub- bass mechanics. Since its genesis in 2012, Biomassive has fused funk and progressive rock to arrive at an unparalleled sound. While teaming up with the permaculture action network and progressive prolonged involvement in several ongoing sustainable projects, they hope to continue to bridge the gap between sustainable lifestyles and music. 

Sponsored by North Central Student Senate

Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day EveryDay Gathering
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Iron Horse Café

Grandmother Moon, a Native American drumming group will open the program.

“Environmental Practices of the LTBB”

Keynote Speaker: Doug Craven, Director, Natural Resources Department, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. 

Douglas W. Craven has a double major, B.S. in Natural Resource and Environment Management from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI and has been the director of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Natural Resource Department for the last 14 years. He is currently a board member of several regional and local organizations such as the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Great Lakes Leadership Academy, and the Village of Pellston Planning Commission.  He is a tribal citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, has four boys and is an active hunter and fisherman who enjoys spending time outdoors with his children.

The keynote address will be followed by a rapid fire panel discussion of representatives from community organizations led by Kerri Finlayson and Seamus Norgaard, North Central instructors. Participants will include Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Emmet County Recycling Center, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Groundworks Center for Resilient Communities. Dinner and small group discussions will follow.

Sunday, April 23 – Tree Planting Event
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LTBB Ziibimijwang Organic Farm in Northern Emmet County.

Are you looking for a hands-on way to help forests to adapt to climate change and invasive species?  The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will be hosting a tree planting with the goal of increasing forest biodiversity and resilience. Water and snacks will be available, but please bring a lunch and wear warm clothes that can get dirty.  For directions and to RSVP, please contact Noah Jansen at the Tribal Natural Resources Department 231-242-1670 or

All events are FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.  Please call 231-348-6613 or email to reserve a spot.

Earth Day EveryDay is planned as an annual event sponsored by the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program of North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.