Family life can be, just a little unsustainable. Realistically, as a family, you aren’t going to be able to do every single ‘green’ hack and achieve that perfect eco lifestyle. But, making any small adjustments to your day that reduce your impact is a step in the right direct for the human race. Even if it is only once or twice a week, every little helps!
What’s an inch and a half long, sucks on tree juice, and as loud as a chainsaw? Cicadas!Most years, Michiganders get to enjoy the late, hot, dog days of summer listening to the buzzing drone of dog day cicadas as they advertise for mates. These insects spend the beginning of their lives underground and then crawl out to become adults in the summer heat each year.After a month or two of buzzing and breeding, these adult cicadas die.
But Michigan is home to another type of cicada that’s getting ready to put on a show this year. Unlike dog day cicadas where adults emerge from the ground every year, the periodical cicadas stay underground for over a decade and then emerge as adults in one giant frenzy every 17 years before the young they leave behind disappear for the next 17 years.Parts of the southern 3 tiers of counties in Michigan are part of Brood X (pronounced brood ten), the group of periodical cicadas due to emerge this year. And unlike the dog day cicadas, these bugs show up in the spring. Expect adults to start appearing in late April to mid May when ground temperatures get high enough.While we don’t fully know how far the range of this species extends into Michigan, they’ve been spotted in the past in Washtenaw, Genesee, Livingston, Oakland and Lenawee counties in southeastern Michigan and St. Joseph and Branch counties in the southwest.
You have the opportunity to help researchers better understand this critter in Michigan by exploring your city, county, and state lands and sharing your sightings using the Cicada Safari app. Help map the 2021 emergence of the periodical cicada Brood X! Learn more about these amazing insects at Team Cicada at UConn.
WHERE TO LOOK
Below is a list possible locations to go “cicada hunting” (no guarantee you will find them on any given day) that are in the general area of the state where Brood X cicadas could make an appearance:
Still flowing: Petroleum continues to flow through Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, despite Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that the company shut it down by May 12. Here’s the latest on the situation:More
Heatwaves and blackouts: A new study examines the risk for concurrent blackouts and heatwaves in Detroit, Phoenix, and Atlanta, finding that power failures have increased by more than 60% since 2015. “A widespread blackout during an intense heatwave may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine,” said Brian Stone Jr., a professor at the School of City & Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology and the study’s lead author.More
Emissions matter: Environmental activists and Enbridge Energy expressed approval for aspects of a decision by the Michigan Public Service Commission concerning the company’s plans to relocate a portion of its Line 5 pipeline into a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. The MPSC will not consider whether or not there is a need for the project, but they will look at arguments concerning greenhouse gas emissions created by the pipeline. The MPSC must grant final approval for the project to go forward. “Should the tunnel become a reality, Michigan is handcuffed to a century of continued use of fossil fuels,” said Jennifer McKay, policy director for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. “This will result in an increase in droughts, severe storms, and flooding events that can amplify the risk of erosion, sewage overflow, and flood damage.” Enbridge said it was “pleased” with the MPSC’s decision. (Detroit News)More
The negative influence that plastics are causing on the environment has raised many concerns on the safety and sustainability of the environment. Today, industries are choosing eco-friendly ways of operations to ensure they conserve the environment. One of them is shifting to green packaging. This type of packing utilizes methods that are environmentally subtle to reduce the amounts of production energy. Going green is a phenomenal move that many businesses have adopted to change the effect on the environment. Here are the top 10 benefits of green packaging.
It can be difficult for some teams to create both a professional and relaxed atmosphere during a largely attended presentation, but not for this organization.
The Boot Camp is the brainchild of M4MM Director, Roz McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Minorities For Medical Marijuana, who moderated one of the most informative and welcoming workshops we’ve encountered online. With Vanessa Jones as Admin, the days flowed smoothly with incredibly good questions from the attendees, with well structured answers that allowed the energy of the workshop to make it easy for others to build on the current subject.
Like all area Presidents, Cimone Casson, head of the M4MM Michigan Chapter took the lead on its premier 2 day event March 13 & 14, 2021 via Zoom. “Every state gets a chance to do it differently because every state has a different footprint, so it’s usually going to be a reflection of the chapter president’s vision as well as the areas landscape,” stated Casson.
“I just really wanted to create a fun, exciting platform where people would be eager to be educated. Making sure that people had a place for their questions to be answered by the top professionals in the industry while at the top of their game made it a great success with nothing but great feedback.”
Although the workshop was built with Michigan business in mind, people from all over the country were online to hear the presentations. Representing various special niches in the industry, like law, real estate, insurance, growing, and business development.
The Community Platinum partner was none other than the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency, (MRA). They actually kicked off the event to talk about what the State’s Equity Program actually entails as well as a presentation on how to apply for the adult use license.
“One of the biggest disconnects is understanding what it takes to be successful,” affirmed Casson. This can take on all sorts of forms, including location, security, investors, and knowing what type of fraudulent activity is possible, ( a great out of state link shared – https://mass-cannabis-control.com/wp-content/uploads/Considerations-for-SEP-and-EE-members.pdf). Other questions included, “Which license type is appropriate for an edibles manufacturer? Processor? Processor?” “Do Caregivers file taxes on money earned as personal or businesses income?”
“Can Caregiver licenses be paired with Microbiz licenses to boost plant quantity?” – By the way, No. Caregiver can only give distribution to their patients.
Among the sizable list of presenters, were professional stand -outs like Wanda James and Leo Bridgewater who were on hand to determine the winner of funds for the Pitch Deck portion of the Bootcamp, where attendees had the opportunity to gain favor with the investors in a ‘Shark Tank’ style presentation of their business.
Also on hand was local legend attorney, Barton Morris, whose criminal defense background had allowed him ample experience in Marijuana related offenses.
In 2008 when Michigan adopted the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, he decided to specialize in marijuana law. I was passionate about ensuring medical marijuana participants were protected from the state, whose laws he felt were both oppressive and discriminatory. Morris was very involved with the legalization of marijuana in Michigan and created the Cannabis Legal Group to assist those interested in joining the industry.
Another well known face in the vast crowd was All Star Grower, Adam Scott Green, whose decades of experience in growing, cultivating, and the best practices therein were intertwined with Jorge Lerma’s, (Viritis Labs), technical knowledge for a well rounded discussion on how to choose well and assure success within the agricultural process.
Other topics covered were licensing and taxes, financial preparation and capital, location, security, transporting, product determination and control, insurance, hemp, and every question the attendees could ask.
Taking it a step further, Casson and McCarthy not only created an event with an intense amount of information, but in addition to that, formed a SLACK program application where individuals can continue reaching out to each other, share best practices and stay in contact with all of the speakers. This was an exceptional value given the incredible amount of information.
Tree care: R&B singer SZA has teamed up with the TAZO tea company and tree planting organization American Forests to start a green jobs program in Detroit and several other cities that will train residents to plant and care for trees. As previously reported in Planet Detroit, tree planting could help the city manage stormwater and mitigate against extreme heat, but the success of such programs hinges on resident support. “For many Americans, the effects of climate change are already here. Across the country, Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities are already facing the worst of it.” SZA said in a video promoting the initiative. “Some (communities) are 20 degrees hotter than whiter neighborhoods in the same city.” The application for the program can be found here. (Freep, Planet Detroit)
Stagnant water: Most K-12 schools plan to begin offering in-person instruction by March 1. But since many buildings have been closed for nearly a year, experts worry that lead or the legionella bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease may have been allowed to accumulate in stagnant water in school plumbing. Most districts will flush their pipes before students return from breaks, but the practice isn’t standardized, and the state doesn’t require them to test their water or ensure water quality. The Detroit Public Schools Community District uses drinking water filtration systems that remove lead, and some of these systems can also eliminate bacteria. In her recent budget proposal, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked for $55 million to put water filters in schools statewide. (Chalkbeat)
Permanent shutoff ban (for some): State Rep. Abraham Aiyash introduced legislation to permanently ban water shutoffs for seniors, families with children, people with disabilities, and those with serious medical conditions. “With the statewide moratorium on water shut-offs ending on March 31st, we need to advocate for permanent solutions to water access beyond the current state of emergency,” Aiyash said in a statement. “Access to safe, affordable water is a human right as well as a public health priority.” The legislation would require water systems to set up payment plans based on a household’s income and ability to pay. Utilities would also have to follow a strict notification process before shutting off water for anyone ineligible for permanent shutoff protection. (Metro Times)
Asbestos and bribery: An asbestos abatement company involved in Detroit’s demolition program has been charged with multiple felonies, including bribery. The State Attorney General’s office has charged Kevin Woods, president of BBEK Environmental, with bribing Arodando Haskins to win contracts with Haskins’ former employer, Adamo Group. Adamo, a demolition contractor for the Detroit Land Bank Authority, frequently used Woods’ company, although Woods violated Michigan statutes that required asbestos abatement and air monitoring to be done independently. (Detroit News)
PFAS in the home: Hamtramck resident Tom Perkins took a hard look at how PFAS chemicals in his household might be affecting his health. After testing several products like dental floss and clothing and his water, Perkins had blood tests done on himself and his cat. He found what experts say were “unusually high” levels of the so-called forever chemicals. Although research has associated PFAS chemicals with cancer and reduced immunity, it’s impossible to know what level of exposure will result in health problems. “We’re understanding that a lot of the long-term chronic disease that people have can link back to these cumulative exposures over their lifetime,” Carla Ng, a University of Pittsburgh researcher, told Perkins. “It’s not just about keeping somebody from keeling over; it’s about reducing the overall burden of environmentally associated diseases in the U.S. population, which is pretty big.” (Great Lakes Now)
Nestle sale: Nestle has sold its North American bottled water operation to private equity firms One Rock Capital Partners LLC and Metropoulos & Co. for $4.3 billion. The operation includes brands like Ice Mountain and Poland Spring. Nestle has come under intense criticism for its water-bottling operation in Mecosta and Osceola counties. The company takes more than one million gallons a day while paying only $200 a year for a state permit. Last year, Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) dismissed the Nestle permit challenge. Peggy Case, board president for Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, had criticized the company’s ability to sell water for a profit with such a minimal licensing fee. At the same time, many Michigan residents struggled to afford water service. Her organization and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians also feared that increased pumping would harm the Chippewa Creek watershed. Case said her organization is unhappy with the Nestle sale “because we see it as an attempt to privatize water and water infrastructure further and treat it as a commodity.” (Freep, Bridge, Detroit News)
Grid doubts: The massive failure of Texas’ electrical grid last week raises fresh concerns about Michigan’s energy infrastructure. Unlike Texas, Michigan’s grid is more prepared for cold weather, and it’s connected to regional electricity networks. Still, according to one analysis, the state also suffered 111 weather-related outages between 2000 and 2019 — the highest number of outages for any state. The energy justice group Soulardarity is lobbying the state to require that utilities give rate-payers a $2 credit for every hour that they are without power as an incentive to reduce blackouts. More transmission lines may also be necessary to distribute power from decentralized, renewable sources and ensure grid reliability. (Bridge, Climate Central)
Not a crime: Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder‘s attorney Brian P. Lennon in a criminal case related to the Flint water crisis has found his defense, apparently. “Neglecting a city is not a crime — certainly not one with which Governor Snyder has been charged,” Lennon said. Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley called these words “infuriating.” “This criminal defense goes beyond implicit bias,” Neeley said. “Moreover, it is explicit bias when communities of color are neglected, and they argue it is not a crime.” (MLive)
Incinerated: The shuttered Detroit Incinerator could be demolished by this summer, according to Todd Grezch, CEO of Detroit Thermal, which owns the closed facility on Russell Street. And the incinerator’s operator, Detroit Renewable Power, has been ordered to pay $200,000 in fines for odor complaints and air quality violations as part of a consent agreement with Michigan’s Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).More