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Michigan Climate Action Network Virtual! Summit

Jamie Simmons Michigan Climate Action Network

 

 

Response to this year's summit has been fantastic! In-person tickets have already sold out, but free, virtual tickets to the 2022 Climate and Clean Energy Summit are still available! Please sign up now and share!

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We know for sure that the climate movement will be won by regular folks and citizens moving us toward the clean energy future we need. And it's so crucial that we come together to reconnect and reenergize for the climate work that lies ahead.

Join us from wherever you are on June 9 from 1-5pm ET and get inspired by our two keynote speakers:

Professor Jonathan Overpeck is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He has served as a Working Group 1 Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel Prize winning IPCC 4th Assessment (2007), and also as a Working Group 2 Lead Author for the IPCC 5th Assessment (2014). Dr. Overpeck has written over 220 published works on climate and the environmental sciences.

Marnese Jackson brings deep experience as an environmental and climate justice activist, advocate, trainer and educator. She’s worked with Mothers Out Front, is the former Midwest and Great Plain States Regional Organizer for the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program, is a board member of the US Climate Action Network, and is an appointed member of The State of Michigan Council on Climate Solutions. Marnese currently serves as Co-Director of the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition.

Summit panelists will offer:

- Perspective on the latest policy developments, including insider insight on the MI Healthy Climate Plan

- Practical advice and tips for moving clean energy change ahead in your community—from people who’ve had success in their own towns.

- Networking will offer opportunity for idea sharing by attendees, with a focus on speeding the expansion of clean energy infrastructure and setting equitable policy at the local and state levels.

We look forward to seeing you there on June 9th! Please share widely with your networks and all those committed to seeing bold climate action in our state.

 


 

THE MUSKEGON GREEN PARTY STATEMENT ON THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

We, the Muskegon Green Party, stand against the terrible aggressive action against the sovereign nation of Ukraine and call for an immediate ceasefire.  We ask that our federal government continue to use targeted sanctions and diplomacy to help resolve this violence as soon as possible.  We also call for all community governments of the state Michigan, to denounce the egregious actions of the Russian government and immediately engage their communities in finding and promoting peaceful solutions to bring these hostilities to an immediate ending.

 

In today’s climate, it can be easy to miss the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  With many issues, we find comfort in dismissing them as unimportant if we aren’t told we’re being negatively impacted.  As these terrible events continue, we have the benefit of living our lives without interruption, while posting messages of empathy and hope for the people of Ukraine via social media as attempt at showing our support.  However, we must also take more than a moment to reflect on what we could have done to help prevent this atrocity and what we can do to push for peace and learn from our mistakes and recognize that our actions, or lack of, may have far-reaching consequences. 

 

Consider friends of friends, family members, co-workers who may be affected, not to mention our indirect and unassuming financial support of the structures which sustain this incursion. As we have all known for quite some time, our dependency on fossil fuels is a longstanding issue.  Now, our energy dependence on Russian oil has cast a blinding light on our ignorance and profit-driven shortsightedness and places us in a very vulnerable position.  We must bring a new urgency to continued development of multiple sustainable alternatives to limit our dependence on any specific resource or country.

 

Thoughts, hopes, prayers, and social media posts, are insufficient means to curbing these shortcomings.  It is imperative that we take an active part in searching for and finding a remedy. Our longstanding aggressive foreign policy designed to engorge corporate profits at all costs has once again put the United States in a situation which continually returns to haunt us.  Any challenge to our corrupt ways is almost always met firstly with vilification, then extreme military force, hence our outrageous and ever-increasing “defense” budget. 

 

We should self-mandate to eliminating a system based on profits and control and rebuilding a system which values life above all else.  Otherwise, we will never escape the consequences of exploiting labor and assigning human worth to potential profitability.  We must break this continuing cycle of violence by firs, refusing to be represented by those who support and stand for these draconian methods.  Secondly, taking the time to become well-informed and smartly using our voting power to demand a system which is beneficial to everyone.

Party Suppresion is Voter Suppresion.

With more than half the country being in favor of more political choices outside the dominance of the two major parties, there are still those who actively push against free and fair representation.  The Green Party has been around for more than 40 years, but we're relatively unknown to most Americans.  Here's one of the many reasons why.  Krystal Ball exposes Democratic leaders that are pushing to keep Green Party candidates off the ballots in November. 

Remember the Green New Deal?

You probably thought the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 originated with the Democrats.  Nope, just another co-op from the Green Party.

A prominent 2019 attempt to get legislation passed for a Green New Deal was sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) during the 116th United States Congress, though it failed to advance in the Senate. In the European Union, a 2019 proposal from the European commission for a European Green Deal was supported by the European Council, and in January 2020, by the European Parliament as well.

Since the early 2000s, and especially since 2018, other proposals for a "Green New Deal" had arisen both in the United States and internationally. The first U.S. politician to run on a Green New Deal platform was Howie Hawkins of the Green Party when he ran for governor of New York in 2010. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein ran on a Green New Deal platform in 2012 and 2016.  So if you didn't know, now you know.

The return of Keep Local Alive!

  The Muskegon Greens are once again taking the term "support locally-owned" and moving it from "words" to "action!" We believe, locally-owned small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy.  They bring character and uniqueness to the individual communities they serve.

  We are recommitted to highlighting all things local all over the lakeshore!  So join us, and rally around our locally-owned small business community to make sure they not only survive, but thrive!

  Following such a successful 2021, we are very excited to get back to supporting our local economy!  Look for our first spotlight, March 22, 2022! 

“We don't have to change people's minds.  We have to give voice to things that people already know and feel and support.”

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate 2012,2016