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.

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  • Sierra Club Michigan Chapter calls for a statewide fracking ban. Get more details on our Michigan Fracking Ban page. See the Chapter’s news release.
  • The Sierra Club and allies are sponsoring the Enbridge Tar Sands Resistance Tour. Sign up for a stop near you. Details on our News page.
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Sierra Club SWMG activists

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SouthWest Michigan Group Sierra ClubThe Sierra Club’s motto is Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet.

Here’s how you can help the cause:

1. Come to SouthWest Michigan Group meetings and bring your ideas.

We meet the second Tuesday of every month at Gallager’s Eatery, 4210 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo. We start gathering for food at about 5:00 PM, and the meeting starts at 6:00.

Members and guests are welcome. Anyone who’s interested in the Sierra Club can join our meeting, ask questions, get to know us.

Join us!

2. Volunteer your time and your talents.

Kim Gabriele, of Portage, Michigan, and her daughter represented the SouthWest Michigan Group at the Peoples’ Climate March.

Kim Gabriele, of Portage, Michigan, and her daughter represented the SouthWest Michigan Group at the Peoples’ Climate March.

  • Lead a youth group or a school science class on a nature hike.
  • Help plant trees.
  • Take part in a cleanup operation.
  • Hold a demonstration.
  • Start a petition or an email campaign to put public pressure on a polluter or a politician.
  • Act as a Sierra Club representative to your local media—TV and radio stations, newspapers, local and regional magazines. Publicizing SWMG work is a crucial part of doing the work.
SouthWest Michigan Group activist Craig Brainard presents "Don't Frack UP Our Future"

Craig Brainard, of Hastings, Michigan, has been traveling the state with his “Don’t Frack Up Our Future” presentation in support of the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Natural Gas” campaign.

3. You can help your SouthWest Michigan Group in MANY other ways.

Maybe some of these ideas are right up your alley, or maybe they’ll spark a few ideas of your own. Bring your ideas to the next meeting! If you can’t come, use our contact form to get your ideas to us, or to volunteer your time and your talents. The webmaster will get back to you very soon to let you know how your contact is being handled and by whom.

Volunteers must bring the following:

  • Bring your conviction that the Sierra Club’s goals matter.
  • Bring a few spare hours per month to help get things done.

Certainly there’s something you can do. Figure out what it is, and bring it!

No experience necessary. Plenty of on-the-job training is available!


For those who don’t have time to help with the volunteer work

Maybe you can spare two minutes and twelve seconds for a special message from Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director.

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Coming soon! Events sponsored or recommended by the Sierra Club’s SouthWest Michigan Group

Put this on your calendarHere are some meetings, discussions, and other events you might be interested in. Visit our Calendar page for a complete list and to get more details.

  • April 25, 2015, 11:00 am: Sixth Annual Green-a-Thon Festival, Celery Flats, Portage
  • April 27, 2015, 10:30 am: Roundtable discussion with Representative Dan Kildee, Kalamazoo Public Library
  • April 29, 2015, N/A: Deadline to Vote in Sierra Club National Board of Directors Election
  • May 2, 2015, 9:30 am: Spring Wildflower Hike, Berrien County
  • May 3, 2015, 2:00 pm: Special presentation by naturalists Wil and Sarah Reding at the Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • May 6, 2015, 8:45 am: Sierra Club Citizen Lobby Day at Central United Methodist Church, Lansing
  • May 7, 2015, 7:00 pm: Grand Haven presentation of "Don't Frack Up Our Future"
  • May 12, 2015, 5:00 pm: SouthWest Michigan Group Meeting, Gallaghers, Kalamazoo
  • May 16, 2015, 10:00 am: Composting Presentation at the Allegan Historic Farm and Learning Center
  • June 6, 2015, N/A: Tar Sands Resistance March, Capitol Lawn, St. Paul, Minnesota