Two events tonight:

6-8 pm: Public Meeting—Ward 4 Trash Talk at Russell Boulevard Elementary School (1800 Rollins Rd). First of all, these talks are for all Columbia residents and being held in all wards, so you can attend any of them—you do not need to be a resident in Ward 4 to attend. The city wants your ideas and questions about how to make the solid waste service (trash and recycling) work better for the community. Come talk about options for making trash collection safer for city workers, increasing recycling, and creating a more equitable way to bill trash collection. Short presentations by staff and interested community groups will be followed by a community conversation, where all ideas, comments, and questions will be collected. Your voices will be part of a report to Council during the first meeting of June that will be used to inform the city on how to proceed with changes to solid waste. The Check In Meeting will be hosted by city staff. The entire meeting will be dedicated to the topic of the Solid Waste Division. Comment forms will be available and all comments will be included in a report to council, currently scheduled to be presented on June 1.

7-9 pm: movie – Chasing Ice (2012) [PG-13] [1:14] will be shown in the Lower Level Lounge of the University of Missouri Student Center (901 E Rollins St). I have seen this movie and it is excellent!—a combination of learning more about climate change and the receding ice sheet, and fantastic photography. On assignment in the Arctic to shoot photographs for National Geographic, James Balog discovered his mission to show Earth’s changing climate. Watch as he uncovers the “undeniable evidence of our carbon-powered planet,” and get a look at the changing immensity of the Arctic landscape. Enjoy free food and a post-film discussion about how climate change affects your life and what myths and facts are out there today about climate change.

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