We’re the SouthWest Michigan Group (SWMG) of the Michigan Chapter, Sierra Club

If you belong to the Sierra Club and live in one of the nine counties in the southwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, you’re an important member of the SouthWest Michigan Group of the Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter.

The Sierra Club’s motto is Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet.

We meet the second Tuesday of every month at Gallagher’s Eatery and Pub, 4210 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo. We start gathering for food at about 5:00 PM. The meeting starts at 6:00. The public is welcome! You don’t need to be a member to come to our meetings and find out what we’re up to.

SouthWest Michigan Group elections are coming up.

Learn all about it here. Volunteer your leadership skills. Suggest candidates. Help find volunteer activist leaders.

Important news:

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter supports the drive to put a legislative initiative on the 2016 ballot that would ban fracking statewide.

Here’s a link to the July 20 Michigan Chapter news release supporting the initiative. See our News Page and our Fracking Ban page for more information or check out MLive’s report. The Sierra Club and many other organizations have joined the campaign begun by the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.

The Sierra Club is recruiting volunteers for the petition to ban fracking in Michigan. Please help!poll

People all over Michigan will gladly support a fracking ban. Please help get their signatures on the petition to ban fracking in Michigan!

Volunteer for the fracking ban campaign


More information here.

Paid for with regulated funds by the Sierra Club Committee to Make Michigan Safe from Fracking.

Craig Brainard’s “Don’t Frack Up Our Future” is coming to Jackson

CraigMeeting-smallDo you want to know more about oil and gas drilling in Michigan? Craig Brainard’s “Don’t Frack Up Our Future” is an investigation of what’s happening with oil and gas drilling in Michigan and around the country, and what actions we can take to protect our beautiful state, our public resources, and the health of all Michiganders.

  • Monday, October 12, 2015
  • 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Jackson District Library, 244 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more info click the October 12 entry on our Calendar.

2012 Sundance Winner "Chasing Ice"

See 2012 Sundance Winner “Chasing Ice”

Chasing Ice

Cass County Democratic Party will present Chasing Ice Thursday, October 22, at Cass District Library, 319 M62 North, Cassopolis. Movie starts at 6 PM. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Cathy LaPointe of CCDP says:

If you’re concerned about our planet, you’ll want to see this award winning documentary. It’s enthralling and beautifully done. We will have a discussion after the film facilitated by Bette Pierman, a long time environmental activist. Please join us and bring friends and family of all political persuasions – no party talk, promise!

From our Environmental News page.

  • Sierra Club demands immediate action to solve Flint’s water crisis and calls for an investigation into MDEQ handling of lead poisoning problems.
  • Michigan’s public utility companies are against lower-cost clean-energy utility bills.
  • ANOTHER shutdown at Palisades nuclear plant.
  • Michigan Chapter submits testimony on Lansing’s “destructive energy legislation.”
  • Youth group sues federal government over climate change.
  • Sierra Club Michigan Chapter doesn’t think Palisades should get regulatory exemptions.
  • We support putting a fracking ban legislative initiative on the ballot.

Check out the newest blog posts from the Sierra Club SouthWest Michigan Group:

At our signup table

Under our canopy at Drive Electric Week in Kalamazoo. In back, all dressed in black, the Tesla Roadster. Behind the table are Sierra Club SouthWest Michigan Group volunteers Gail Nelson (with the red hat) and Jim Ferner (wearing the shades).

More SWMG blogs coming, including YOURS.

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Coming events

See our calendar for a complete schedule.