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”

August Lakeshore Weekend Retreat

Join us August 25th-27th, 2017 as we celebrate Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy a fun filled weekend at one of Michigan’s most biodiverse and unique destinations, historic Camp Miniwanca (Facebook page).

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Muskegon and nestled among 360 wooded acres with a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Camp Miniwanca lets you choose your own adventure -tent camping, rustic log cabins among the pines or rooms a few steps away from the beach. Spend time outdoors walking the beach, swimming, bird watching or hiking. Attend workshops to learn about conservation issues and ways you can take action to improve the world around you. Stop by the crafting house and build a bird house or polish a Petoskey stone. Continue reading “August Lakeshore Weekend Retreat”

Climate Change – Peter Sinclair

This is the SEMG Sierra Club program for Thursday, April 6, 2017. The location is the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI. That’s at the corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd.

The meeting is free and open to the public; any interested person can attend. The schedule is 6:30-7:00, Snacks and socializing; 7:00-7:10,  Announcements; and 7:10, Presentation. Continue reading “Climate Change – Peter Sinclair”

Native Plants

Brendan Nolan, the owner of Plants for Ecology (313 802-3411) will give a presentation on Michigan native plants; how to plant them and grow them in your yard and why you should. It does have something to do with keeping bees and butterflies alive and healthy, but effects on the local ecology go beyond that.

This is the SEMG Sierra Club program for Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30 pm
Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI
(at corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd.)

Regular Sierra Club SEMG Membership meeting, 1st Thursday, monthly.
Open to the public; any interested person can attend.
6:30-7:00 Snacks, socializing
7:00-7:10 Announcements
7:10 Presentation

See also https://www.facebook.com/events/352785571788522/

DAPL – Profits over (Poor) People Exposed

Mark Paul, a postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, has written an economic analysis of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that deserves to be widely circulated and read. here are some excerpts:

“While the pipeline was originally scheduled to cross the Missouri River closer to Bismarck, authorities decided there was too much risk associated with locating the pipeline near the capital’s drinking water. They decided instead to follow the same rationale used by Lawrence Summers, then the chief economist of the World Bank, elucidated in an infamous memo stating “the economic logic of dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest-wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.” That same logic holds for the low wage counties and towns in the United States. The link between environmental quality and economic inequality is clear—corporations pollute on the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable …”

and

“As the Federal Water and Pollution Control Act makes clear, water quality should “protect the public health.” Period. Clean water and clean air should not be something Americans need to purchase, rather they should be rights guaranteed to all.”

Read the whole article at: http://triplecrisis.com/dapl-doesnt-make-economic-sense/

How Many Flints?

At least 3000, according to one report that is referenced in Farron Cousins’ summary of America’s water crisis. That is, there are at least 3000 places in America, cities or neighborhoods in larger cities, where the measured levels of lead in drinking water is at least double the levels measured in Flint.

Flint was indeed the event that brought public attention to lead poisoning, but the issue is much, much more widespread. This particular information comes from an extensive and well-illustrated article published by Reuters.

As bad as that is, it’s just part of the bad news. America has about 1.2 million miles of lead water service lines. They have a service life of about 75 years, and most are at or approaching that age. The estimate to replace – around $1 trillion, or close to $3000 for every man, woman and child in the country.

But wait, there’s more. Continue reading “How Many Flints?”

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”