Free Climate Topics in Chicago

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  • A Cool Climate Policy for a Cold Winter

    Mike Zanillo, Community Outreach Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby / Citizens Climate Education

    Fake, or not, the news is full of stories about extreme heat events this summer. Whether or not you believe in the need for climate action, there is a public policy that appeals to climate doves and hawks. Just when you think our politicians cannot agree on anything, we have growing support on both sides of the political aisle for something that will help our economy and provide jobs as a cushion against a potential downturn in our economy. MORE >

    Request this presentation to hear more about this policy, why it makes sense and why people who don’t usually agree on things are beginning to talk about this.

    Learn about this first step that is:
    - Supported by major business groups
    - Rewards US companies for environmental leadership
    - Can provide a meaningful reduction in pollution
    - Levels the playing field between trading partners
    - Would motivate other large economies to adopt it
    - Appeals to both ‘Globalists’ and ‘America First’ supporters

    Presentation is available on an in-person, virtual, or, hybrid basis. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a presentation of this timely topic.

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  • Climate Progress, but, is it Enough ?

    Mike Zanillo, Community Outreach Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby / Citizens Climate Education

    As a Community Outreach Coordinator for Citizens Climate Education/Lobby and would like to offer a climate education program for your library. The topic of Climate Change is in the news often these days. So are stories of public policies and legislation being enacted to address the climate challenge. MORE >

    The ‘Climate Progress, but, is it Enough ?’ program is geared for the general public wishing to learn about the causes of climate change, understand what is being done to address the problem and wondering whether more is needed. I have presented on the topic to over 100 local community groups, churches, schools and libraries.

    The presentation is offered either in in-person, or virtually, and can be tailored from 45 minutes to 2 hours covering the following topics:
    • Key causes of climate change
    • How much will the climate change
    • Key aspects of recently passed legislation
    • How much will emissions be reduced
    • Is more needed to be done
    • Can we afford the cost of climate change
    • How will climate change and climate policy affect the economy

    Citizens’ Climate Education (CCE) / Lobby (CCL) is a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy organization that educates key stakeholders, policymakers, and the general public about effective solutions to climate change.

    Please let me know if this topic is of interest and I would welcome the opportunity to present.

    Mike Zanillo
    P: 312.504.1732
    E: mike@zanillo.com

    Mike Zanillo is a climate policy advocate and Community Outreach Coordinator for Citizens Climate Education/Lobby. He is also a member of other climate action groups. Mike meets regularly key congressional and senatorial offices in Washington DC to advise on public climate policy. He is guest contributor to local newspapers and has presented educational sessions on the topic of climate change policy at over a 100 clean energy conferences, community groups, churches, schools and libraries.
    Mike, a former technology executive, is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and has attended graduate level studies with Loyola University and Northern Illinois University.

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  • Regenerative Agriculture, Nature’s Solution To Reversing Climate Change Now!

    Donald Viecelli, Climate Reality Project Leader, Climate Reality Project - IL Chicago Metro Chapter

    Regenerative Agriculture (RA) is a wholistic approach to restoring healthy soil as nature intended. RA principals and practices are required to stop the loss of our top soil and restore nature's balance between greenhouse gas emissions and CO2 draw down from our atmosphere. MORE >

    RA not only restores this balance, but can also reverse climate change and global warming through carbon sequestration much faster than any other means available. This presentation will show you how its done, provide proof from soil science field tests and how fast draw down can be achieved if RA methods are quickly initiated by farmers and ranchers.
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  • Reasons For Farmers To Switch To Regenerative Agriculture

    Donald Viecelli, Climate Reality Project Leader, Climate Reality Project - IL Chicago Metro Chapter

    Covered Topics:
    Climate Change Is Undeniable
    Carbon Cycle
    Loss Of Topsoil
    Benefits Of RA
    Studies Of Effects on Profits, Soil Erosion and Tillage
    Pace Of Change Is Increasing
    Farmer Barriers To RA
    Q & A

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  • Yes we Can! We are the solution to climate change.

    Dorelle Ackermann, Activist, Pachamama Alliance: Chicagoland Co-Hearts

    Climate change is an immediate and serious threat that must be addressed this decade. We will briefly touch on the impact of climate change that is evident today as well as the basic science of global warming. However, our main focus will be on the fact that the solutions to climate change are already here. We have the technology to "drawdown" our atmospheric carbon dioxide and prevent catastrophic climate change. MORE >

    The "doom and gloom" scenario often heard on the news is not the reality of sustainability. Instead, we will embrace grounded optimism that recognizes our achievements, acknowledges future uncertainites while remaining hopeful that what we do in the present will shape the future. We will invite participants to consider individual actions to reduce their carbon footprint while inviting participants to join us at a local level to advocate for community, state, national and international action.

    Presentations are individually tailored to your group and we are especially excited to present to youth and school groups where we provide raffle prizes to motivate students to take action.

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  • Solutions to Climate Change that benefit you and the Environment

    Dorelle Ackermann, Activist, Pachamama Alliance: Chicagoland Co-Hearts

    Every presentation is created to address the specific interests of your group. This presentation highlights 4 solutions that can benefit individuals while contributing to healing our planet. Food waste is the first solution discussed. One third of the world’s food is never eaten and is responsible for 8 percent of global warming emissions. Learn how you can reduce food waste, save money and at the same time create a more environmentally sustainable future. Reducing meat intake is the second solution. If everyone in the U.S.skipped red meat just one day per week for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.6
    million cars off the road. Did you know that ComEd will give homeowners a free energy assessment, install low flow faucets and LED lights without cost? The third solution highlighted is home energy use. Save money and save the planet! The final solution discussed is transportation. Consider your options when traveling and quick trips to the store. Small behavioral changes can make a difference. Finally, in addition to individual solutions, the presentation will touch on our power to influence companies and government (especially local government) to move us to a more sustainable way of life. MORE >

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  • Flood Inundation Mapping

    Kristina Murphy, Meteorologist, Water Resources Engineer, Confluence Climate Consulting

    Flooding causes billions of dollars of damage every year. To become resilient to flooding, there are a number of actions that can be taken. Having a dynamic, real-time model simulation of the river elevations and those forecast in the future can be useful in evacuations and preventing damages.

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  • Mitigation and Adaptation Solutions to Climate Change

    Kristina Murphy, Meteorologist, Water Resources Engineer, Confluence Climate Consulting

    Solutions for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and addressing the impacts of climate change to public health and infrastructure. Individuals and organizations can take actions to improve our environment.

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  • Climate Crisis Urgency and Remedies

    Tom Coleman, Sustainability Analyst, Climate Reality Chicago Metro Chapter

    Learn from Tom about the scientific consensus on climate change, as well as fossil fuel pollution, climate warming problems, and other challenges. Tom will also discuss the pillars of needed change and market approaches and business solutions for change. Also covered is: MORE >

    • The role of business in the convergence of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) forces.
    • The value proposition for change
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  • Electric Vehicle Total Cost of Ownership and Role in Sustainability

    Tom Coleman, Sustainability Analyst, Climate Reality Chicago Metro Chapter

    Tom discusses electric vehicle (EV) costs from battery manufacturing to charging to driving. He also discusses a comparison of internal combustion engine and EVs on pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and costs. Other points covered are: MORE >

    • The current state of EV range and charging.
    • The role of hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, fuel-cell (hydrogen) electric, and battery electric vehicles.
    • Automaker initiatives and EV availability.
    • The value proposition of EVs.
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