SW Michigan Group Sierra ClubIf 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!

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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 is “unequivocally opposed” to nuclear energy.

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!

Enbridge Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It's corroded in places. It is 63 years old.

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.
  • Make a phone call to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette at (866) 862-3237.
  • Sign the petition to Michigan’s Governor and legislators.

More than 35 million people depend on the Great Lakes for clean drinking water.

Notice: At the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 18, Commissioner Mike Quinn withdrew his proposed Line 5 shutdown resolution when it became obvious that it didn’t have enough votes. He hopes to gain more support and introduce the resolution later. Thanks to the many who came to the meeting and expressed their passionate support for closing Line 5.

Sierra Club is an annual co-sponsor of National Drive Electric Week.

SW Michigan Group sponsored Kalamazoo Drive Electric Week 2016Ben Brown of Sierra Club SW Michigan Group organized Kalamazoo Drive Electric Week 2016 and 2015.

How do you feel about Gerrymandering?

How Gerrymandering works

How Gerrymandering works. Click to enlarge. Visit our Gerrymandering page for an explanation of how it works right here in our neighborhood.

See our Gerrymandering page.

  • 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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From our Environmental News page

  • Recent updates on Line 5.
  • Groundwater contamination near Oscoda.
  • AK Steel chemical spill closes Lake Michigan beaches.
  • Copper mine in Michigan UP’s Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park? Exploratory drilling began in February, halted April 3 due to erosion.
  • Citing pressure from state officials and special interests, Consumers drops its plan to spend $15 million on EV charging stations.
  • Proposed EPA budget cuts would eliminate Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
  • Nestlé wants to more than double its almost-free Michigan water usage. Public hearing April 12; comment period extended to April 21.
  • Problems at Berrien County’s DC Cook nuclear plant. Emergency generators fail, 89-day outage, sulfuric acid leak.

On Palisades

On Flint

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.