Michigan Climate Action Network connects and amplifies individuals, communities, and organizations confronting the climate crisis in Michigan and supports them in advancing equitable climate solutions with the urgency science demands for the environment and all that live in it.
We envision a state with equitable climate solutions and 100% clean, affordable energy for all; where communities are prepared for and resilient to the climate impacts we cannot avoid; where everyone has access to good, family-sustaining jobs; where frontline and fenceline populations, along with local and indigenous communities, are centered in authentic engagement and decision making; where investments in the most impacted and vulnerable communities are prioritized; and where all Michiganders live in pollution-free communities, thereby preserving the health, safety, and quality of life that makes Michigan the exceptional place we all call our home.
The MiCAN Steering Committee
We appreciate the contributions and experience of the following individuals who are moving our Mission and Vision forward.
- Missy Stults, Ph.D., Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor City of Ann Arbor
- Justin Onwenu, Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club
- Frank Houston, Regional Program Manager, BlueGreen Alliance
- Bentley Johnson, Senior Partnerships Manager, Michigan LCV
- Conan Smith, President & CEO, Michigan Environmental Council
- Catherine Garten, recent U/M graduate and Citizens' Climate Lobby volunteer
- Bill Wood, Executive Director, West Michigan Environmental Action Council
- Jim Lively, Director of Program Strategy, Groundwork Center
- Bill Latka, TC350 and Oil & Water Don't Mix
- Kate Madigan, Director, Michigan Climate Action Network
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BUILD AND MOBILIZE A STRONGER CLIMATE MOVEMENT
We have grown our network to over 70 organizations and 30,000 individuals, and we partner with many coalitions and campaigns working for climate solutions and justice. We create opportunities for network members to share information and work together.
MiCAN organizes events, like the annual Michigan Climate Action Summit, the first statewide public gathering focused on climate action. We also support dozens of events each year happening around the state, from conferences to rallies and marches.
MAKE CLIMATE A TOP ISSUE IN MICHIGAN
Climate in the Media - MiCAN generates dozens of stories on climate and solutions each year in newspapers, television news, and radio programs.
Building the Biggest Social Media Platform - We have used cutting-edge strategies to build our social media presence to have one of the largest social media audiences of any group in Michigan, and we reach over 100,000 people each month.
The Climate Solutions Podcast - MiCAN partners with the Groundwork Center to host the Speaking of Resilience Podcast where we interview thought leaders on climate and justice in Michigan and the Midwest, and reach tens of thousands of people with our content.
Climate Candidate Education – We meet with, and we use surveys and videos to educate candidates about priority climate, health, and clean energy policies.
ADVANCE EQUITABLE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS FOR 100% CLEAN ENERGY
Supporting Local Climate Work - MiCAN led the effort that passed the first community-wide 100% clean energy goal in Michigan. We are supporting partners who are leading efforts in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Oakland County, Grand Rapids, Petoskey, and communities around the state.
Supporting Climate Policies in Lansing - Using phone banking, email, and social media, we let network members know about opportunities to help move forward new policies in the legislature, and have generated 5000 comments on climate-related policy in a matter of weeks.
Shutting Down Line 5 - We are a leading group in the Oil & Water Don't Mix Campaign and we are formal interveners with the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) working to prevent the Michigan Public Service Commission to deny a permit for a Line 5 oil tunnel.
Many citizens and groups in Michigan want action on climate change. The Michigan Climate Action Network is working to bring everyone together to make sure our state acts for solutions to climate change with the urgency the crisis requires.