Transition Ferndale Update, Plus Upcoming Green Events

Transition Ferndale Update, Plus Upcoming Green Events

(Art Myatt, Transitions Ferndale Group Coordinator

Ferndale 115 News Wire, 9/7/2011)

Now that the Labor Day weekend is over, we can finish cleaning up however much tree destruction fell into our yards or, in some cases, onto our cars. Then we can consider the meetings schedule for the rest of the month.

On Thursday, September 8, 2011, 7:00pm is the regular monthly general meeting for the local Sierra Club. It’s held at Kelly Services Corporate Headquarters, 999 West Big Beaver Road, Troy.

These Sierra Club meetings are ordinarily held on the first Thursday evening of the month. The first Thursday of the month is also the exact time that Transition Ferndale picked for its monthly meeting.  I believe we ought to change the Transition Ferndale schedule, and can discuss this at the video showing at the Ferndale Public Library on September 15th.

On Tuesday, September 13, the Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission has a presentation on composting at the Ferndale Library at 6:30pm. This might be an especially timely event. Since people around here will have plenty of wood chips as a result of the Labor Day storm, and will soon also have lots of fall leaves, composting might be a better option than putting it out to be taken away.

On Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm, the Ferndale Planning Commission will be meeting at City Hall. They will be considering changing the Ferndale ordinance regulating chickens in the city to allow most houses in Ferndale to legally raise chickens. The current ordinance technically allows backyard chickens, but requires that they be kept at least 150 feet from any neighboring dwelling. With the size of lots in Ferndale, this effectively prohibits backyard chickens in most of the city.

Laura Mikulski has done a lot of useful work researching more reasonable local ordinances and the experiences of these localities with public health and noise issues.  Her website publishes details on the subject. She wants anyone interested in supporting the new ordinance to read the website come out to the commission meeting on the 14th. [See previous Ferndale 115 coverage:]

On Thursday, September 15, we get to the Transition Ferndale video and discussion at the Ferndale Library, 222 East Nine Mile Road, starting at 7 pm. The subject this month is “Blue Gold:  World Water Wars.” Where would any of our food come from without water? A documentary that is equal parts ‘Water 101’ and ‘Water Politics,’ based on the book. The movie is free, and you need not be a Ferndale resident to attend.

After this busy week, we are still not done with events of interest for transition. The last one is not in Ferndale.

On Tue, September 20, from 7pm – 9pm there will be a public meeting at the Thornapple Township Hall, 200 E. Main St., Middleville, Michigan. Dr. Guy McPherson will be speaking on Durable Living, Resilient Communities. Dr. Guy McPherson is professor emeritus of natural resources and the environment at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for twenty years. He is the author or co-author of such books as “Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century,” “Letters to a Young Academic: Seeking Teachable Moments,” and “Ecology and Management of North American Savannas.” The event is sponsored by Local Future.

All the above events can be found on the calendar page on the Transition Ferndale blog:

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