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Watch Bridge’s Lunch Break on Michigan disappearing winters

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A swimmer takes a midwinter dip in Lake Superior. Normally this time of year, the lake’s nearshore water would be capped under ice. (Bridge photo by Ryan Stephens)
  • Experts joined more than 80 participants to discuss the cultural and ecological impacts of climate change on Michigan’s winters
  • Panelists discussed environmental trends and their tangible impacts on Michiganders across the state 
  • Watch the full recording of the discussion below

Bridge Michigan’s monthly Lunch Break series returned Mar. 28 with an examination of the cultural impact of warming winter temperatures on communities across the state.

If you missed this live Zoom event, you can stream it below.


Panelists included Tyler Bouschor, culture activities coordinator for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Nancy Langston, distinguished professor of environmental history at Michigan Technological University, and Richard Rood, professor emeritus of climate and space science and engineering at the University of Michigan. Bridge environment reporter Kelly House moderated the discussion. 

The conversation focused on what Michigan winters may look like in coming years, the cultural importance of seasonal traditions, ecological changes we’re observing now, the role of climate change in creating these warmer seasons, the economic impact of warmer winters and more.

Bridge’s Lunch Break monthly series focuses on timely topics facing our state. Previous discussions have included examinations of efforts to educate students for careers in Michigan, solutions to gun violence in Michigan, the long-term impact of pollution from Michigan’s automotive industry, youth mental health in Michigan and ideas for growing the state’s population.



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Our Lunch Break series will resume in April. The date, time and topic will be announced soon.

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