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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Earth Day Celebration Beginning One Day Early

April 22 marks an important day in our history.  Senator Gaylord Nelson, of Wisconsin, believed that we needed to teach the citizens of the United States more about the environment through an “environmental teach-in”.  In 1970, 20 million citizens from colleges, universities and environmental groups came together and participated in organized protests and educational programs highlighting the environment we live in.  When asked about the organization of Earth day Senator Nelson had this to say: “Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.”  In 1990 Earth Day was celebrated internationally for the first time and in 2009 the United Nations declared April 22 International Mother Earth Day.  Today Earth Day is celebrated in 175 countries by 500 million people.   

The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy is not only celebrating April 22, but April 21, as well.  On April 21, 2012 the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy will be bringing Chad Kister, an author of many environmental books about the Arctic, to the Bengel Wildlife Center.  His 2 p.m. program called “Arctic Screaming” will describe the changes taking place in the Arctic environment as temperatures are warming.  His program is very educational and informative, filled with beautiful photos taken on his last journey to the Arctic.  His program is about 50 minutes with time for questions after.

After multiple trips to the Arctic, Alaska, and Canada he has written 4 books relating to the dangers of climate change and how it affects the earth.  The following are his books:


·         Arctic Quest:  Odyssey Through a Threatened Wilderness (Available in the Dancing Crane Gift Shop) 

·         Arctic Melting:  How Climate Change Is Destroying One of World’s Largest Wilderness Areas

·         Against All Odds:  The Struggle to Save the Ridges

·         Arctic Screaming:  A Journey to the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis

For more information or to reserve your seat(s) email Jennifer, at or call at 517-641-7677.

If you would like to read a few pages of his book, Arctic Screaming, you may do so at

If you would like to view his website click here

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