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 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!
Sierra Club SW Michigan Group is involved in these national, state, and local issues.
VOTE for a clean environment!
The Sierra Club is politically non-partisan but very partisan environmentally. We favor Mother Earth and Her people and all Her other creatures.
Sierra Club endorsements
- National Sierra Club’s endorsement for President – the reasons why, and how you can help.
- National Sierra Club Voter Guide “Climate Voter 2016” – endorsements, state by state.
- Sierra Club Michigan Chapter “2016 Election Guide” – endorsements for U.S. Representatives and local offices statewide.
- Sierra Club SW Michigan Group endorsements.
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!
- Our Palisades Problem.
- Our public forum on Palisades.
- Our blog posts on Palisades and nuclear energy.
Sierra Club is an annual co-sponsor of National Drive Electric Week.
- Slideshows, photos, and a full report on SW Michigan Group’s Kalamazoo Drive Electric Week 2016.
- Ben’s Electric Vehicle blogs.
Sierra Club SW Michigan Group conservation work
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.
Our annual involvement in the Portage Green-A-Thon helps show people how to live “green.” Kathy Van Deusen is inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Every April, Bill Strong heads up a project or two with other organizations. This year, he got young people involved in conservation work in Saugatuck Dunes State Park and the Allegan State Game Area. More information on what SW Michigan Group members are doing is available under the “Activism & Causes” menu heading.
Here are a few ways you can help our causes:
Public pressure has delayed the Michigan legislature’s ugly energy bills. Keep up the heat!
Two State Senators from SW Michigan want to lead our state back to the fossil fuel industry’s 20th century heyday. Visit our “Contact Your Senator” page for information on this retrograde energy package – including your representative’s mailing address, email address, phone and fax numbers.
Tell Michigan officials: Shut down Line 5!
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.
Join Sierra Club’s national campaign for fair and representative redistricting.
“Shadowy organizations and big polluters,” says this Sierra Club report, “are trying to suppress the vote, especially from communities of color and other minority communities. One way they’re doing this is through gerrymandering, or redrawing electoral districts to establish a political advantage by grouping certain demographics together or blocking them out.”
Sierra Club SW Michigan Group has joined the Michigan Chapter’s Redistricting Education Survey program.
Why is half of Union City in a voting district that borders Lake Erie and the other half in the same district as Grand Rapids? See our “Gerrymandering” page to learn more about Michigan ‘s voting districts and why they’re drawn the way they are. Then sign the online Redistricting Education Survey.
Important news from our Environmental News page.
- New bills call for stronger regulation of fracking in Michigan.
- Clean energy keeps getting cheaper and cheaper.
- Clean nuclear energy? Nope. Nuclear power contributes to global warming.
- Studies show that utility bill surcharges against home solar users are not justified.
- Several updates on our Palisades problem:
- Palisades security officers placed on paid administrative leave as NRC monitors Palisades’ investigation of reporting “anomalies.”
- FBI gets involved.
- Some officers return to work; union threatens to file a grievance.
- Entergy replaces its top man at Palisades.
- Entergy, Palisades owner-operator, seems to have a company-wide reporting problem.
- A new objection arises in government’s settlement with Enbridge on 2010 Kalamazoo River spill.
- Study reports rising infant mortality rates near nuclear power plant.
- Ban or tax plastic bags? Bill would tell local governments they can’t do that.
Stay up-to-date on news 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 Debacle page for the latest information.
Check out the newest blog posts from the Sierra Club Southwest Michigan Group:
- World War III – the War on Climate Change?
- Check out the latest news from Craig Brainard in The Fracking Linkletter © every week. (Note: The Fracking Linkletter © is on a temporary hiatus.)
- David Holtz, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Executive Committee Chair, and Craig Brainard, Chapter Executive Committee member, update us on Enbridge’s threat to the Great Lakes. Learn the latest info on the pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
- The latest from Ben Brown:
- The tiny house movement: A strategy to heal the Earth. Part One – the reasons why. Part Two – the project.
- Ben is on a bee rescue mission: Part One – and now, Part Two. Part Three coming soon.
- Ben’s reaction to an awe-inspiring landscape.
- Getting to 80% clean energy.
- How driving electric can work for you: Electric Car Examples.
- The climate change flywheel.
- How your utility bill hides The True Cost of Energy.
- Why isn’t Michigan isn’t embracing a clean-energy future? What can we do about the problem?
- Information and insights on driving electric.
- More posts from Ben.
- Here’s an idea: Boycott Bottled Water!
- Paul Pancella tells us about converting his ’92 Honda to a fully electric “Hondatron.”
- Our Hydrocarbon Insanity – what we’re doing to ourselves – what’s the cure?
- On nuclear energy:
- See this disturbing report from guest blogger Bryan Burroughs: Coldwater River disaster.
More SWMG blogs coming, including YOURS.
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