Metroparks Commission Vacancy

The term of the current Metroparks Macomb Commissioner, Anthony Marocco, expires April 30. A new commissioner would be appointed by Mark Hackel, the Macomb County Executive. It is particularly important at this time that the Metroparks board adds a leader who could strongly support the Metroparks three missions of recreation, education, and STEWARDSHIP. Metroparks Director George Phifer reports to the Metroparks Board of Commissioners and is most responsive to any of their individual/group requests. Comments from individuals are more often not acted upon unless supported by a BOC member.

Commissioners have direct oversight of the Director, and can influence best practices, particularly with regular, consistent, and constructive input. This is an opportunity to provide input on the selection of a commissioner for Macomb who may have long-term impact on the operations of the Metroparks. Continue reading “Metroparks Commission Vacancy”

Bikes vs. Cars

The bicycle is an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? This is the subject of the SEMG Sierra Club program for 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017 (Groundhog Day) at the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI.

Bikes vs Cars is a documentary film that looks into daily global drama in traffic around the world. Climate change and never-ending gridlocks frustrate people more than ever. Instead of whining, people in cities around the world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself solution. Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death among the bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes. Continue reading “Bikes vs. Cars”

Where Do US Carbon Emissions Come From?

Have you ever wondered just what activities cause our fossil fuel carbon emissions, and how much emission is caused by which activities? Well, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) has produced the chart above to tell us exactly that for the USA economy. Although we are now far into 2016, LLNL has not yet produced a carbon chart for 2015. This chart for 2014 is the most recent one we have.

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DTE Energy Still Not Serious About Pollution Mess in Detroit, Downriver

Salina Elementary School Next to DTE Energy’s River Rouge Coal Plant

On March 11, 2015, two hundred fifty residents of the Downriver community gathered at River Rouge High School to deliver public testimony on their experience living in some of the most polluted communities in Michigan. The sense of frustration in the room was high. “It’s not right to let big corporate polluters dirty our air for so long and threaten the health of our families,” said Ebony Elmore, River Rouge child care provider and activist. “We deserve safe air to breathe. This is a basic human right, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) isn’t protecting us.” Continue reading “DTE Energy Still Not Serious About Pollution Mess in Detroit, Downriver”

Hilton Los Cabos SEMG Fundraiser

The money from the winning bid goes straight into the SEMG treasury. We’ll use it to support our informational meetings, tabling at public events and printing handout materials.

Sierra Club Southeast Michigan Group (SEMG) has been given the gift of one week (Saturday April 23 – Sat. April 30, 2016; that’s during Easter break) in a one-bedroom time share suite in the Hilton Cabo Mexico Resort Hotel. The location is close to the very southern tip of Baja California. The condo is in the actual Hilton Hotel. It comes with maid service twice per day and a full kitchen. Occupants of the time share get access to all the ameneties of the resort – golf course, pool, spa, etc. And air travel to the area, while not included, is still reasonably priced. Continue reading “Hilton Los Cabos SEMG Fundraiser”

Fukushima, Fermi, Potassium Iodide and You

Speaker:  Keith Gunter, Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 Co-Chair, will discuss the dangers of nuclear power in general and the Fermi 2 (existing) & Fermi 3 (planned) reactors in particular on Thursday, March 3 at the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI (at corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd.). This is the regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly. It’s open to the public; any interested person can attend. Continue reading “Fukushima, Fermi, Potassium Iodide and You”