Thursday, April 20, 2017

Houghton March for Science to be Apr. 22; Portage Library, Keweenaw Climate Community to host related events

The Portage Lift Bridge will be the scene of the March for Science to be held at noon this Saturday, Apr. 22 (Earth Day). The march will be preceded at 10:30 a.m. by Hands-on Science: Activities and demonstrations, led by students and educators from the area, at the Portage Lake District Library. Following the march, at 1 p.m., all are invited to the Portage Lake District Library for "What do we do next?" -- a community action meeting focusing on impacting policy decisions. (Photo © and courtesy Gowtham. Reprinted with permission.)

HOUGHTON -- Houghton-Hancock area residents who love science invite the community to join them for a March for Science at noon on Saturday, Apr. 22 (Earth Day) in support of using scientific evidence to inform policy at all levels of government. Marchers will gather under the lift bridge, on the Houghton side, and march across the bridge, into Hancock, and back.

The theme of the march is the Great Lakes watershed and how scientific research is used to protect and maintain the important services and connections the Great Lakes provide. Our watershed’s lands, rivers and lakes bring us together for sustenance, recreation, and spirituality. The Great Lakes are our home. Our strong connection unites the protection of the lakes to ensure the health and well-being of both residents and ecosystems. Science is on the federal chopping block. It is essential to understanding and solving many problems, including climate change.

Interested community members are also invited to events preceding and following the march on Saturday. At 10:30 a.m. Hands-on Science: Activities and demonstrations, led by students and educators from the area, will be held at the Portage Lake District Library. After the march, at 1 p.m., the Portage Lake District Library will host "What do we do next?" -- a community action meeting focusing on impacting policy decisions.

This local march is affiliated with the national march in Washington D.C. and all the other marches for science throughout the world.

Organizers of the Houghton March for Science state, "The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest."

For more information contact MarchforScienceHoughton@gmail.com.

Keweenaw Climate Community Spring Potluck Apr. 21

The Keweenaw Climate Community (KCC) will hold a Spring Potluck at 6 p.m. Friday, Apr. 21, at Good Shepherd Church, 1100 College Ave., Houghton. Bring a dish to share, make creative signs (poster-making supplies provided) for this Saturday’s March for Science and the Marquette Climate Change March to be held Saturday, Apr. 29, and share ideas and information about KCC activities.

Please bring your own dishes, a cup and flatware (to avoid excess paper/plastic waste).

Everyone is welcome! Bring children, friends, etc. Contact keweenawclimate@gmail.com for more information.

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