The guests at tomorrow’s roundtable discussion on small business and climate change, which is from 5-8 p.m. in CFAES’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus, will include Ohio Rep. Fred Strahorn; Michael Schadek, assistant director for intergovernmental affairs and economic development for the city of Columbus; and representatives from Ohio Rep. Anne Gonzales’s Columbus office, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Columbus office, Java Central Cafe and Roaster, car2go Columbus, the Land-Grant Brewing Company, Ohiyo Chocolate, Portia’s Café, Fusian, and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan climate advocacy group Defend Our Future is hosting a roundtable discussion with Columbus-area small business owners and Columbus and Ohio elected officials on April 19 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s from 5-8 p.m. in CFAES’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive.
A media advisory from the group said the discussion “will touch on the impact climate change is having on small businesses, their bottom lines and consumer preferences and how strong state and national environmental protections, such as those provided by the EPA, are important factors for a healthy and vibrant business community.”
A new United Nations-backed report, a UN press release says, “has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity.” Read the report here. Cleveland.com’s Kelly Reardon writes about it here.
Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series wraps up at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, with the coal-, energy- and climate change-focused “Uprising,” part of the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously” series. Correspondents America Ferrera and Sigourney Weaver will explore the U.S. dependence on coal-burning power plants and China’s impact on the global environment. Free and open to the public. Free pizza and beverages at 6:45 p.m. Watch clips here (Ferrera) and here (Weaver). Location and other details here. (Image: National Geographic Channel.)
Jim Chatfield, horticulture specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, looked at how climate change is affecting Ohio’s plants — including, very likely, ones in your own backyard — on Feb. 10 in the Akron Beacon Journal. He especially talked about CFAES scientist Dan Herms and his long-term phenology research, which tracks the bloom times of certain landscape plants and the development times of some of their pests. Hint: As shown by science, those times they are a-changin’. Great read. Check it out.
“Think about the shame that each of us will carry when our children and grandchildren look back and realize that we had the means of stopping this devastation, but simply lacked the political will to do so,” said actor, environmentalist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio in his Earth Day 2016 speech on climate change at the UN. You can watch it above.