Grand Haven, Michigan - The Lakeshore Water Protectors are joining several grassroots organizations to celebrate World Water Day, held across Muskegon and Ottawa counties. People are familiar with water-related issues in Flint and the Detroit area. Michiganders on this side of the state are just as dedicated and just as in need of help to continue remediation and protection of our waterways, watersheds, and resources.
Organizer Shannon Donley notes, ”This is an opportunity to bring awareness that we, as global citizens, have an awesome responsibility as stewards of the water and lands of the Great Lakes.”
Activities are still being added to the schedule but the list so far includes:
Friday March 21: Zero Waste Potluck Feast in Muskegon.
Saturday, March 21st: Several “Walk for the Water”activities from local parks to shoreline beaches.
Grand Haven State Park will be hosting an“All Hands on Deck”event.
Sunday, March 22 is WORLD WATER DAY as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly celebrated the first designated World Water Day has a means to “focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocacy for the sustainable management of freshwater resources”. (un.org)
The Lakeshore World Water Day Festival will conclude with a gathering of groups, speakers, poets and musicians in Grand Haven. These will be at the Loutit District Library from 1:00-4:00pm.
All events are open to the public free of charge but donations will be accepted at the doors and online to defray costs of printing and other event materials. Those interested in volunteering can visit SignUp.com and sign up.
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Introducing Ranked Choice Voting
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Public Healthcare Action
There is no doubt, that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been harmful to our local communities. We’ve learned how vulnerable we can be without Single-Payer Healthcare and a comprehensive plan to protect us. And even though a vaccine is forthcoming, the Muskegon Green Party believes an adjustment of our daily routine and continued safety measures are necessary. While continuing to advocate for Single-Payer Healthcar, we will share Covid-19 numbers and suggest positive habits and protections to adopt, putting health and safety first.
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No new fossil fuel infrastructure
The Muskegon Green Party recognizes the difficulty of immediately eliminating our current fossil fuel-based infrastructure. There is another way. We propose cancelling all future fossil fuel infrastructure projects in favor of investing in renewable energy infrastructure while dismantling the current fossil fuel infrastructure. This process can take up to 20-30 years, creating long-term employment in the process.
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