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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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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 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!

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?

Please fill out the online survey. More info here: Gerrymandering in Michigan.

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.

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 63 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.

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Important news…

From our Environmental News page.

  • New business alliance teams up to work for Line 5 shutdown.
  • Bad River Band tells Enbridge, remove Line 5 from our tribal land.
  • Problems at Berrien County’s DC Cook nuclear plant. Update: Unit 2 is running again.
  • Charges mount in Flint water investigation.
  • Investigation reveals that lead levels are a serious problem “across the country.”
  • MDEQ gives renewed Niles, Michigan, power plant plan a public hearing.
  • DEQ ineptitude prompts Sierra Club and local officials to call for EPA intervention in another Michigan water crisis, this time in the Ann Arbor area.

From Palisades

For updates on our Palisades problem, see our “Palisades Chronology” page and possible answers to What’s Next? after the recent shutdown announcement.

From 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.

COMING EVENTS

The calendar below shows Sierra Club current and future – but not past – events throughout Michigan. For Southwest Michigan events – including past events – see our Southwest Michigan calendar.


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