Archive for January, 2020

Ay Mariposa: Butterflies and Borderwalls

Posted on: January 26th, 2020 by rjohnson

Heart of Illinois Group Sierra Club invites you to a free showing of the film “Ay Mariposa” on Wednesday, February 19th at 7 p.m. at the Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 North Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights.

“Ay Mariposa” is a gripping documentary about three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall.  Marianna Trevino Wright is the director of the National Butterfly Center and has become a de facto leader of wall resistance in the Valley.   Zulema Hernandez is an immigrant from Mexico, life-long agricultural worker, and great grandmother who is a dedicated advocate for all migrants in the Valley, both human and wild.  Finally, La Mariposa, the butterfly, fights its own daily battle for survival in a landscape where more than 95 percent of its habitat is long gone and much of what remains lies directly in the path of the wall.  This is a film about tenacity, justice, wild beauty, and the future of the US-Mexico borderlands.   Human impacts are told and interspersed with challenging environmental concerns and amazing photography. 

The 1-hour film was created by Krista Schlyer, an award-winning photographer and nature writer.  See the trailer at Ay Mariposa Trailer.  The public is invited to attend.

Ay Mariposa Trailer from Ay Mariposa Film on Vimeo.

Solar Panels

Posted on: January 10th, 2020 by rjohnson

Heart of Illinois Group Sierra Club members, Beth and Ryan Johnson, of East Peoria, are thrilled with their new solar panels. The pollution free electricity the panels generate will help the world win the battle against climate crisis. They said that the thought that they are helping to preserve the environment with this installation is very satisfying. They are also looking forward to tracking the energy produced by their array in real time with an app on their phones. The installation was designed and installed by Ruyle Mechanical. Kiersten Sheets of Ruyle made the whole process from start to finish relatively stress free. The panels are American made, high efficiency, Solaria panels and were installed by union workers from Ruyle. As you can see in the picture their 5KW system is made up of 14 panels and should cover the electricity needs of the Johnson household. Because of incentives and rebates the Johnsons will have recovered all of their investment in less than 8 years. The solar panels are warrantied for 25 years and will probably last well beyond their warranty.