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!
A new program every month:
January 3 – Mike Linsea of Solar Winds, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s solar installation partner, will show you how to fight climate change, save money long-term on your electric bill, and set the right environmental example for your friends and neighbors with your own home solar installation.
March 7 – Financial advisor Brian Spitzley will show you how to make sure your retirement account supports only environmentally friendly businesses.
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 on the right. 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. THANK YOU!
Winning the fight against climate change requires cutting our emissions and speeding our transition to clean energy.
The most important front in the fight against climate change is the home front. Here’s some of what’s happening on the home front here in Southwest Michigan:
Families and businesses in Southwest Michigan are moving to clean energy. Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s partnership with Solar Winds, an installer of home and commercial solar power, helps make the switch affordable; and the switch brings drastic cuts in emissions – and in utility bills.
The scene at our drive-and-ride demonstration during National Drive Electric Week 2017. Slideshows, photos, and a full report here. (Click photo to enlarge.)
The City of Kalamazoo has published a draft of 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.
Don’t let our leaders in Lansing forgetthe worst inland oil spill in U.S. historywhen 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.
Send a message to the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force at the Department of Environmental Quality.
Call Attorney General Bill Schuette at
Call Governor Snyder at 517-373-3400 or 517-335-7858.
See our News Page for public meeting schedule and more ways to submit comments.
More than 35 million people depend on the Great Lakes for clean drinking water. To understand more about the problem, why it hasn’t been solved, and what you can do, please spend 45 minutes watching the new movie “Immiscible.” Then check out this 35-minute video from Oil & Water Don’t Mix narrated by For Love of Water (FLOW) executive director Liz Kirkwood and Michigan Sierra Club chair David Holtz.
Larry Bell, owner of Bell’s Brewery, and Jeffrey Insko, local homeowner, discuss how Enbridge treated the neighborhood when Line 6B ruined the Kalamazoo River seven years ago.
How do you feel about Gerrymandering?
How Gerrymandering works. Click to enlarge. Visit our Gerrymandering page for an explanation of how it works right here in our neighborhood.
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.
Michigan lawmakers vote to weaken law that keeps ships from releasing untreated ballast water in Michigan waters.
DEQ testing for arsenic after dam breach in Paw Paw.
SW MI gets Energy Excellence Awards.
Redistricting petition is up to 300,000 signatures.
Portage Green-A-Thon is an award winner.
Lansing bill would clear up tax confusion for small-scale renewable energy systems.
Judge says fish hatchery, alleged polluter of Au Sable River, is illegal.
KVCC leads the nation in wind turbine technology training.
New info on Nestlé’s proposed expansion near Evart: Nestlé gets another “NO” but files circuit court appeal. Four judges have recused themselves from hearing Nestlé’s appeal. Proposed bill would hit Nestle with $20M annual state bottled water tax.
Microgrid project coming to Fort Custer.
“Unusual event” at Cook nuclear plant.
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter to EPA: Great Lakes area needs automotive efficiency standards, pollution regulation.
Update in Tesla battle for the right to sell cars in Michigan.
On Enbridge Line 5 and other Michigan pipeline issues
Our Michigan Pipeline news page has all the latest on the movement to shut down Line 5, including the studies and the political maneuvering, and info about the Rover and Nexus pipelines and their encroachment in Southeast Michigan.
See our “Palisades Chronology” page for updates on our Palisades problem – starting in 1968, on through the 2016 security issues, and right up to what happening now with MPSC’s consideration of the Palisades shutdown plan, and news from March 29 Palisades Open House.
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.