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Michigan Environmental Report

Summer / Fall 2014

Vol. 32 Issue 3

MEC leads effort to build new scientific knowledge about Michigan’s coastal dunes

Michigan is home to the world’s largest system of freshwater coastal dunes, and one segment—the Sleeping Bear Dunes—has earned a reputation as the most beautiful place in the country. And yet, important as they are to Michigan’s ecology, recreation economy and unique identity, some fundamental questions remain about the extent and future ecological integrity of our dunes.
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RELATED TOPICS: conservation, legislation

DNR dinner spotlights wildlife funding gap

The numbers confirm what we Michiganders know from experience: We love wildlife. Michigan’s 3.2 million wildlife watchers add $1.2 billion to the state economy every year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
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President's Column: President’s Award spotlights successful campaigns

It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the negativity in our political decision-making process that we forget to see how much good is actually getting done in our communities.
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Unfinished business: Environmental Justice in Michigan

Achieving a clean, healthy and safe environment for Michiganders, by working with all residents to hold public and private institutions accountable to the communities for whom they serve and in which they operate, is the mission of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. This mission was put into practice on September 12 and 13 in Lansing at the well-attended first statewide summit on environmental justice in Michigan.
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Historic climate march creates ripples of hope

With the sun setting on the New York City skyline behind us, Bill Latka, a filmmaker and leader of the Traverse City chapter of 350.org, read the following passage over the loudspeaker to the 55 exhausted and exhilarated travelers as we began our 18-hour bus ride home: “Organizing a big march is like throwing a rock in a pond: the splash is exciting, but the real beauty is in the ripples.” It was written by one of the organizers of the People’s Climate March, and it rings so true.
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Putting a price on carbon

More than 20 Michigan volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) traveled to Capitol Hill this summer and joined almost 600 other CCL volunteers from across the country to lobby members of Congress for bipartisan legislation that puts a price on carbon.
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