If you belong to the Sierra Club and live in one of the nine counties in Michigan’s southwest corner, you’re a member of the SW Michigan Group (SWMG) of Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter. We meet at 6 PM on the first Wednesday of every month at the Friends Meeting House, 508 Denner St, Kalamazoo. (Click here for map.) Members and non-members are welcome. Bring your family and friends!
NOW, MORE THAN EVER, WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you’re not a Sierra Club member, please consider joining the cause. Click the big green “Join” button (far right, above). Already a member? Or perhaps you’d rather not join, but you still want to help? By clicking the gold “Donate” button, you can make a secure contribution via PayPal directly to the work we do right here in the nine Southwest Michigan counties. You will be joining an important national trend! THANK YOU!
Want to do something?
- Join the Sierra Club Rapid Response Team.
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- The City of Kalamazoo has published its Climate Action Plan and wants your comments. It’s a comprehensive plan developed with extensive community input. SWMG Executive Committee member Ben Brown is among the people mentioned in the plan’s acknowledgements. Click here to review the plan. Email your comments to Rebekah Kik, Kalamazoo’s Director of Community Planning and Development.
WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON
Some of Sierra Club SW Michigan Group’s local conservation work for SW Michigan’s future
More information on what SW Michigan Group members are doing is available under the “Activism & Causes” menu heading.
Sierra Club SW Michigan Group and Michigan Safe Energy Future have formed the Palisades Shutdown Campaign Coalition. We meet the third Wednesday of every month, 7 PM, First Congregational Church, at Park and W. Michigan, Kalamazoo. Public welcome!
Don’t let our leaders in Lansing forget the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history when a break in Enbridge Line 6B dumped a million gallons of sludge into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo river. Enbridge Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac is another disaster waiting to happen. It’s corroded in places. It’s 64 years old. It’s inadequately supported on a shifting and eroding lake bed. Keep pressing to shut it down! (Click to enlarge photo.)
Tell Michigan officials: Shut down Line 5!
This ancient pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac threatens catastrophe for the Great Lakes. More info here and here.
Public outcry – including shutdown resolutions adopted by more than two dozen Michigan communities – has prompted Michigan officials to talk tough and to demand more and clearer information. The result? More studies. No action.
- Send an email to the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force at the Department of Environmental Quality.
- Call Attorney General Bill Schuette at (517) 373-1110.
- Call Governor Snyder at 517-373-3400 or 517-335-7858.
More than 35 million people depend on the Great Lakes for clean drinking water.
On April 16, the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to shut down Line 5. According to MLive, 15 other Michigan counties, 24 cities, and 26 townships have already passed similar resolutions.
How do you feel about Gerrymandering?
See our Gerrymandering page
How Gerrymandering works. Click to enlarge. Visit our Gerrymandering page for an explanation of how it works right here in our neighborhood.
- League of Women Voters of Michigan has information, a position statement, and resource material about redistricting in Michigan.
- Jon Hoadley, State Representative from Kalamazoo, and 35th District Representative Jeremy Moss have introduced a bill that would take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. Tell your Representative to support the bill. State legislators’ contact info here.
- Join Rep. Hoadley and his co-sponsor Rep. Jerry Moss as a citizen co-sponsor.
- Get in on Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s Citizen Lobby Day and talk face-to-face with your State Representative and State Senator.
- Count MI Vote is working on it. They have a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account.
- Voters Not Politicians is on the case, too. They’re working on a ballot initiative. Visit their website and Facebook page.
Let’s ban fracking
The Sierra Club is working to move the U.S. beyond oil and to end the environmental destruction that fracking causes.
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter and SW Michigan Group endorse the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan. We’ve been collecting signatures to put a legislative initiative on the ballot that will ban fracking and storage of radioactive frack waste in Michigan. You can help.
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- Updates on Line 5, including Kalamazoo County Commission’s upcoming shutdown resolution vote.
- Michigan’s U.S. Senators introduce pipeline safety bills.
- Copper mine in Michigan UP’s Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park? Exploratory drilling began in February, halted April 3 due to erosion. Citations issued for erosion, disturbed wetlands. More permits needed.
- Construction of Rover Pipeline, on its way to Michigan, halted in Ohio due to 2-million-gallon drilling fluid spills.
- Ann Arbor fuel emissions lab under the gun?
- Michigan legislature’s “no stricter than federal” bill would abdicate state’s environmental responsibility.
- Legislature to leave Michigan DEQ underfunded?
- Groundwater contamination near Oscoda.
- Officials calling for comments on Kalamazoo’s new Climate Action Plan.
Two years and counting: Flint’s water problem has faded from the mainstream headlines, but the problem is far from solved, and new developments arise daily. Follow Michigan Chapter’s Flint Water Disaster page for the latest information.