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WMSBF Hosts Climate Resiliency Series

Tags: Climate, Farming, Sustainability, Transportation

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) is hosting a climate resiliency series, and the more Michigan LCV members in attendance, the better. This exciting series of events will explore a range of topics from farming to healthcare and social services, all through the lense of climate resiliency. Everything you need to know about the series is below, courtesy of the WMSBF.

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PWIR: Fields Narrow on the Campaign Trail

Tags: 2014 election, chesapeake energy, encana, Governor Snyder, NRTF, pipeline safety, PWIR

Did everyone get outside to shake off the winter, enjoy springtime temperatures and soak up the sunny weather this weekend? Chances are, if you visited a park or took a walk on a trail, you were a beneficiary of Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF), which supports outdoor recreation projects from Marquette to Detroit and beyond. Last week, we told you about a proposal in the state legislature to slash NRTF funding by more than half, and now your opportunity to take action is here. Send a letter to your state representative right now. Then, read on for the latest from the campaign trail and more in this week’s Political Week in Review.

New SHOWTIME Series Puts Climate Change on Primetime Television

Tags: Clean Air & Energy, climate change, land, Water

Promotional image for Years of Living Dangerously

The premiere of SHOWTIME's new series opens with Harrison Ford maneuvering a fighter jet through the skies over northern California. But this is not a fictional storyline, and Ford isn’t running down an enemy of the state. He is collecting carbon dioxide samples from the atmosphere as part of a NASA climate study. Welcome to the fast-paced documentary mini-series that is Years of Living Dangerously.

Letter from the Field: The Building of a Movement

Tags: Renewable Energy, take action

Organizing is a slow business. It is a business of miniature holds, tiny toe steps up a steep rock face. Each new step offers a new view of the landscape, a little bit larger view, a more hopeful view. We push forward relying on momentum to drive us and to make us grow. But it easy to forget where we are and how far we have come.

PWIR: Top of the Ticket

Tags: 2014 election, First Friday, gravel mining, Great Lakes, NRTF, oil spill, PWIR

Ann Arbor rolled out the red carpet and the reubens to welcome President Obama to Michigan last week. Though the Great Lakes and conservation issues were not at the top of the agenda, the President’s visit to University of Michigan to push for raising the minimum wage (and his sandwich order at Ann Arbor’s legendary Zingerman’s Deli) made a splash last Wednesday. Who’s who of Southeast Michigan were in attendance to shake hands with the Commander in Chief, including current Congressmen John Conyers (D – Detroit) and LCV Action Fund endorsed Gary Peters (D – Bloomfield Township). Congressional hopeful Debbie Dingell (D – Dearborn) was also in the house, as was Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, who had big news himself to announce the next day. The President’s address was heavy-handed on Michigan pride, tracing the lineage of a strong minimum wage to Henry Ford and connecting current pressure for policy change to local working wage leaders like the reuben kings at Zingerman’s Deli.

PWIR: Code Red for Critical Sand Dunes

Tags: 2014 election, 8th congressional district, Critical Dunes, Mitten Madness, PWIR, Rogers, sand dunes, Saugatuck, sulfide mining

We have a winner, folks! The 2014 Mitten Madness Champion is here. Michigan’s sand dunes fans came out in force and put the full court press on stiff competition. As a result of a few notable breakaways an unbelievable slam dunk, the Saugatuck Dunes took home the title this year. Congratulations to the dunes, and to all of our contenders who will mutually benefit from your generous donations for the protection of all of Michigan’s most treasured, most threatened places. Given developments we cover below about a devastating decision from the Michigan DEQ in favor of developing the dunes, your support could not have come at a more needed time. Thank you for an incredible tournament season that successfully supercharged our work to stand up for Michigan’s land, air, and water and elect conservation-minded people to office.

PWIR: The News is in the Numbers

Tags: 2014 election, budget, chesapeake energy, collusion, dnr, encana, Gary Peters, Governor Snyder, gubernatorial race, LCV, Mark Schauer, NRTF, polling, PWIR

Millions missing from a budget for natural resources, polling percentages filling out the campaign season scoop, and your opportunity to triple your impact --- this week, the news is in the numbers. First things first, we tipped off our Triple Match Mitten Madness tournament here at Michigan LCV! We are shining the spotlight on eight exemplary natural places across the state that are sitting on shaky ground due to oil slicks, drilling, mining or looming development. Here’s the thing: every dollar donated to better protect our bracket of contenders will be TRIPLED. PWIR readers, you have one more week to get in on the action, and time is ticking. Cast your vote for the choice location you want to take home the 2014 Mitten Madness Championship. Along with the title, the winning place will earn a legislative visit and a portion of the proceeds put toward an on-the-ground conservation project. Your contribution is a full court press for protection! Donate now to triple your impact.

Kalamazoo Environmental Council Brings Elected Officials and Citizens Togther

Tags: environment, Kalamazoo, legislative breakfast

photo: Kzoo Nature Center

This March the Kalamazoo Environmental Council (KEC) held their annual Legislative Breakfast. For over ten years, KEC has been bringing together state and federal elected officials with the public for an informal breakfast followed by an hour and half of Q&A. This year’s event was held at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and was filled with questions focusing on a changing climate, Great Lakes health, and Michigan’s future in clean energy.

Report from the UP: Eagle Mine Permit Changes Would Put Clean Water On the Line

Tags: DEQ, Eagle Mine, mercury, sulfide mining, water quality

The following is a report from Michigan LCV member, and Marquette resident, Adam Robarge, who attended an informational session about proposed changes to a groundwater permit that would allow the Eagle Mine Project, a sulfide mining operation near Marquette and Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, to emit more toxic chemicals into neighboring waterways. A public hearing about the proposed permit changes is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 25th in Ishpeming. Read on for more information about how to take action, and take a stand against dangerous mining practices by supporting the Upper Peninsula in Michigan LCV’s Mitten Madness tournament!

Give Toxics the Boot (and Throw in the Couch Too)...

Tags: chemicals, college-themed products, toxics

photo: give toxics the boot

As the real March madness gets underway, Michigan LCV is supporting our friends at HealthyStuff.org as they take on “March Badness”: the Tournament for the "Most Toxic Product" award.

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