Three young people hold a bright red banner that says "climate and ecological emergency - extinction rebellion SwMI - www.extinctionrebellion.us"
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When climate activists shut down parts of London this spring, Chris Carr took notice.

“I’d been pretty depressed about this – the climate, and thinking, well there’s nothing we can do,” he told WMUK.

A front-end loader dumps beets into the back of a large truck. There is a mound of light-brown sugar beets in the background.
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Salt helps to keep Michigan’s roads clear in the winter. But it also eats away at the pavement and pollutes the lakes and streams it washes into. A bill that passed the state Senate calls for an experiment - swapping or at least supplementing road salt with sugar beet byproducts.

A group of mostly young people holds signs with messages about climate change.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

More than a dozen Michigan communities were set to participate in a worldwide push for action on global warming today. Kalamazoo’s climate strike continues until 6 o’clock this evening at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. But the day started with a rally at the flagpoles on Western Michigan University’s campus.

a light tan SUV with the hood open is in the foreground. Behind it is a riding mower.
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Michael Walenga works at Western Michigan University. His commute is about eight miles, and he used to take his truck.

“And it was just so expensive, maintenance and fuel,” he said.

A man in a yellow helmet and dark jacket sits on a black motorcycle looking toward the camera, in a parking lot under blue sky.
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They range from a motorcycle to an SUV, but the vehicles headed to an event in Kalamazoo Saturday do have something in common. They’re at least partly electric. And most of the 11 models scheduled to be there use no gas.