A FREE monthly gathering Celebrating the connections between health, agriculture, food security, the economy, community and EARTH.

Watch the film and take part in a follow-up conversation.

MSU Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Ave.
(313) 578-9700
Parking is available in the lot off Erskine St.

February's Movie:
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she continually challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. .
Hosted by: Boggs Center

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GLBD | 2015


March 11, 2015 - Wednesday

The Botanical Dimension of Our Human
Evolutionary Next Steps
Host: GLBD Office

Location: Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave. #306
Detroit, MI 48201

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.


April 9, 2015 - Thursday

A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century
Host: GLBD Office

Location: Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave. #306
Detroit, MI 48201

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation's most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

About Reconnecting Events: Often at the end of our annual conference participants say you should do this more often. Though we can only plan a conference once a year, we can plan some Follow-up Reconnecting Events that will feature the national plenary speakers that we did not have time to share during our 10th anniversary conference. We will hold these events in a variety of venues and partner with a local organization that is doing work related to the plenary presenter's topic.

All events are FREE and will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. weather permitting.


Listen to GLBD contribute to the Green Radio Network.

GLBD is featured on their program "Resistance".


The Detroit Incinerator, located near I-75 and I-94, has been a major odor nuisance to residents living in the area. In 2010 the incinerator was bought and renamed Detroit Renewable Energy in an effort to "green wash" the facility although it remains a toxic, polluting facility. Zero Waste Detroit (ZWD) a coalition supported by Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit advocates for the City of Detroit to move toward a waste recovery system and away from incineration. ZWD members work hard to hold Detroit Renewable Power accountable for their actions.

When residents in the neighborhood began to complain of odors coming from the incinerator shortly after it re-opened, ZWD engaged the community to report this information to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). As a result, Detroit Renewable Power has received nine notices of odor violation and was tasked with making repairs to their facility to eliminate the extreme odor.

Take Action:

It is very important that during the spring and summer of 2014 residents living around the incinerator stay diligent in reporting any odors in their neighborhood.
. Report foul odors in Midtown: If you smell garbage in the air in Midtown, you may smell air pollution from the Incinerator at I-75 and I-94. Please report this to the MDEQ at 313-456-4712 or after hours call 800-292-4706.

Together we can make a difference!
Gloria Rivera, IHM
GLBD Coordinator