Turning preservation into activism


Clayton Daughenbaugh AWARD WINNING—The short documentary “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock wilderness” focuses on preservation efforts through activism in Utah.

Justin Van't Hof

NMU earth, environmental and geographical sciences department (EEGS), with help from the Lions Club International and NMUs chapter of Interfaith Water Stewards and the Cedar Tree Institute will host two events in an effort to bring more climate activism to Marquette.

“The point isn’t just for people to listen passively to these amazing speakers but to take something away from it and spark activism in their community,” said Susy Ziegler, associate

The first event at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Mar. 13 in Jamrich Hall 1320, climate activist and author Nancy Langston, distinguished professor of environmental history at Michigan Technical University. Langston will focus on climate issues relevant to Lake Superior and the Common Loon restoration with her presentation “Water is Life. Energy Extraction, Climate Change, and Common Loon Restoration” 

“I hope to be able to tell a story that’s informed by the past and hopeful but realistic about the challenges we face now and in the future,” Langston said.

The second event at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 17 in Jamrich Hall 1100, will host presentations from a number of speakers focused on preserving the climate through activism. Clayton Daughenbaugh, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Conservation Organizer will screen award-winning documentary “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness” which highlights issues facing Utah’s National Parks and ancestral lands.

The keynote speaker for the event is “Whether someone in the audience has been to the area hiking or just wants to learn about a place that’s far away but very special to the people living there,” Ziegler said

Both of the events are free to attend and encourage members of the community to come and learn about how to make a difference in their own climate and promote grassroots activism in the Upper Peninsula.