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No Dakota Access Pipeline – No Keystone XL Pipeline RALLY

February 4, 2017

February 7, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8 pm

AT Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, Illinois, 3000 W Richwoods Blvd, Peoria, Illinois 61604

Global Warming Solutions Group of Central Illinois, Heart of Illinois Sierra Club and some of the local Native American Groups are sponsoring a vigil of solidarity with peoples opposing the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines. These pipelines were put on hold during the Obama administration but the new administration has issued an executive order re-opening them.

Our event will provide a way for the community to demonstrate its solidarity with the Native American water protectors at the Standing Rock reservation and others fighting the Dakota Access pipeline as well as the many groups and communities fighting the Keystone XL pipeline.

We will host a contemplative walk through a luminaria-lit labyrinth and, indoors, a conversation to allow community members to share their concern about recent events and support for those working to safeguard the environment. Beyond the circle will be tables allowing groups working on various facets of the progressive agenda to share their missions.

We will also be accepting donations to assist in opposing the pipelines.  There will be pre-prepared post cards available to sign and send to our Federal legislators.

We will serve hot coffee, tea and cocoa. The indoor and outdoor areas will be open from roughly 630-800PM. The Eagle Ridge drumming group and a few speakers will lead a short program outdoors at 715PM.


August Meeting: Cowspiracy

August 22, 2016


Join us tonight for a controversial movie, Cowspiracy, which examines the climate impact of agriculture and speculates about why many environmental groups are reluctant to take the industry on.

Nerma Frieden, local vegan and animal rights activist, will introduce the film and lead a short discussion afterward.

Monday August 22, 2016, 6PM
Lakeview Public Library
1137 W. Lake in Peoria

Citizens Climate Lobby: Carbon Fee and Dividend

June 27, 2016


Tonight, Global Warming Solutions Group will be hosting a speaker from Citizens Climate Lobby at Lakeview Library in Peoria at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us if you can!  This meeting is open to the public!

Our speaker is Mr. Rick Knight.  Mr.  Knight is an engineering chemist just finishing a 40-year career in energy research. His interest in climate change was heightened by reading Dr. Jim Hansen’s book Storms of My Grandchildren, leading him to join Citizens’ Climate Lobby in 2011. In his volunteer work for CCL, Rick currently leads a chapter in southwest Chicagoland and also serves as a state coordinator for Illinois. Rick is passionate about getting the message about climate change and CCL’s legislative solution out to the public and community leaders.

In this talk, Rick will explain who and what Citizens’ Climate Lobby is and how their unique strategy of citizen engagement works. He will also explain the Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal that is central to CCL’s efforts to build political will in the U.S. Congress for effective national climate policy. Finally, Rick will talk about CCL’s drive to establish chapters in every U.S. Congressional District. 

He will also have Mr. David Holmquist with him.

You can learn more about Citizens Climate Lobby on Facebook at facebook OR at Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Political Will for a Livable World

April Meeting: Dr. Tim Kasser on Communicating About Climate Change

April 22, 2016

Communicating about Climate Change: Why Values Matter
Monday, April 25, 6PM
Lakeview Branch Library, 1137 W. Lake in Peoria
co-sponsored by Global Village, our local 360 degree fair trade store in Peoria Heights

Communicators often appeal to values when trying to motivate people to care aboKasserut the environment. Professor Tim Kasser from Knox College will share psychological theory and research to show how contemporary culture’s focus on materialistic values and consumerism must be confronted in order to create a sustainable future. He will present lifestyle and policy alternatives that are positive for the planet, and also promote people’s wellbeing and a more civil society.

Tim Kasser, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He has written extensively on materialism, values, ecological sustainability, and quality of life, among other topics. He is the author of The High Price of Materialism (MIT Press, 2002) and co-author of Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity (WWF-UK, 2009). Tim works extensively with activist and civil society organizations that protect children from commercialization, promote ecological sustainability, and that encourage alternatives to consumerism. He appeared in The True Cost, a documentary about the high cost of fast fashion, shown in Peoria last fall.

2016-New Meeting Location and Dates

February 17, 2016

New location:  Lakeview Library1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614

New Time:  6 to 8 p.m. (Sometimes shorter meetings, we simply have the meeting room for this long)

New Date:  The 4th Monday of every month-except December 2016.  No meeting that month.  (Feb. 22nd, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22. September 26, October 24, November 28)

Feb. 22nd – Rick and Tracy Fox will present “Paris and the Climate Agreement”.  They were there!

 When we adjourn these meetings, we will likely reconvene at a local eatery and watering hole.

All are welcome, of course!  Please join us as we develop and re-kindle the fire in this organization!  Please come with your suggestions and ideas for community and issues engagement.

Climate Change Author to Speak in Peoria

October 24, 2015

Much of climate change information can be sobering and overwhelming to digest, but it doesn’t have to be.  Join author Paddy Woodworth at the Illinois River Conference at the Hotel Pere Marquette on Thursday for a presentation on the many successes that have occurred around the world by individuals and organizations have made positive change in the battle against the impacts of climate change. Woodworth is the author of Our Once and Future Planet published by the University of Chicago Press (ISBN 9780226333403).

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Planning Meeting for New Park Land to be Added to Riverfront Park

October 22, 2015
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The City of Peoria will be hosting a public planning session regarding the extension of Riverfront Park on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Gateway Building (200 NE Water Street). The City is seeking input from the community regarding what recreational and design elements should be included in this new park area.
The City has identified approximately 8 acres of property immediately adjacent to Riverfront Park that will serve as an extension of the park. The proposed new park, a combination of private property and currently unimproved public property, will add an additional 750 linear feet of access to the Illinois River. It will also ensure public ownership of the entire river front from I-74 to Detweiller Marina. The planning event will allow citizens and other stakeholders to share their thoughts about the design of this new area. Facilitated small group discussions will yield input on landscaping, recreational elements, interaction with the water and other park elements. The City will also use an Internet-based survey to solicit ideas from those who cannot make the meeting. This survey will launch the week of November 2, 2015. Designers will incorporate community preferences into a master plan and budget that will be presented to the public. Project information will be housed on the City’s website:
As part of the River Trail project, the City needs to acquire property to convert into recreational open space in order to compensate for the loss of parkland to the development. The City will need the approval of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and National Park Service (NPS) in order to finalize the land swap. A key step in obtaining that approval is submitting a plan for how this newly acquired property will be improved into a park. While creating an improvement plan is a critical activity, the City is pursuing the other steps in obtaining the proper approvals that will allow the River Trail project to proceed. The City will host at least one public hearing, separate from the upcoming planning session, which will allow citizens the opportunity to support, oppose or otherwise comment on the entire conversion. That date has not yet been set.
Questions can be directed to Christopher Setti, Assistant City Manager, at (309) 494-8618 or map

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