Colleen Otte published Racial Healing in Climate & Environmental Justice Organizing in Events 2024-02-27 20:05:08 -0500
Join MiCAN member Soulardarity for a 2-hour panel to learn about the experiences of Black Leaders in the Climate Justice & EJ community, as well as how to welcome BIPOC Leaders into your movement.Soulardarity is hosting its first annual Racial Healing in EJ Event. The event is open to the public and a time to reflect on our shared values and create a collaborative blueprint for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism specifically within the environmental justice/climate change movement. This is an interactive opportunity to gain a better understanding of panelists' experiences. The panel discussion will cover questions like:
- What is the lived experience of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals in majority white movements?
- What are some examples of panelists challenges and successes?
- What are things that can make experiences in CJ & EJ better for Black Organizers?
- What do Black Leaders want allies to know?
You are welcome to attend with your own questions too!
During this panel you will gain:
Environmental liberation and injustice is a shifting landscape. We have recently experienced shifts in the demographic of nonprofit EJ leaders who succeeded within so many local organizations for the first time. Front-facing Anti-Black disruptions have been historically commonplace and even demonstrated by so-called values-aligned allies. Internal trust has not been built, the pace at which decision-making occurs trumps even identifying if the internal capacity is available to take on new and emerging work, politics are guiding the EJ movement more than the people especially those who identify as BIPOC.The goal of Soulardarity's event is to demonstrate a united commitment to creating a safe space for Black people to be authentic, and to pave the way for future conversations that will change the ways EJ organizations work with one another beyond invitations to Black people to "the table".WHENFebruary 29, 2024 at 6:00pmWHEREVirtual via Zoom
- A deeper understanding of BIPOC experiences
- Knowledge of how to be a better ally
- Solidarity with BIPOC individuals and a desire to support BIPOC in community
- Knowledge about how you can welcome BIPOC members in your community
Colleen Otte published Young Detroit climate activists demand action, inspire hope in News 2024-02-26 19:04:55 -0500
Detroit students lead a powerful demand for climate action, aiming to transform their future with cleaner air and sustainable solutions.
BYFEBRUARY 23, 2024
Cass Technical High School students called for climate action on Monday, Feb. 19., at a rally at downtown Detroit’s Capital Park organized by the Sunrise Movement, a national organization composed of young people demanding solutions to the climate crisis. Photo by Quinn Banks.Read more
The Michigan Public Service Commission is hosting two online hearings to engage the public on implementation of changes to state energy law that move the siting of large wind and solar energy projects under its jurisdiction.
Both hearings will be conducted via livestream on Microsoft Teams. Information on how to join the livestreamed meetings will be posted on the new PSC site dedicated to updates on the siting law.
Can't make it on the 7th? Consider coming on March 19th!WHENMarch 07, 2024 at 1:30pmWHEREVirtual - Microsoft Teams
Colleen Otte published Veterans for Peace presents: “Warheads to Windmills: addressing the threats of climate and nuclear weapons before it’s too late” in Events 2024-02-20 22:01:17 -0500
Veterans for Peace presents: “Warheads to Windmills: addressing the threats of climate and nuclear weapons before it’s too late”
Join Dr. Ivana Hughes, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and Dr. Timmon Wallis of NuclearBan.US and the Warheads to Windmills Coalition to discuss the urgency of addressing both Climate Change and Nuclear War as twin existential threats. Learn how to build a mass movement that can put an end to these threats. Questions and discussion with the audience will follow.
Dr. Ivana Nikolić Hughes is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Chemistry at Columbia University. Dr. Hughes holds a BS with Honors from Caltech, where she studied chemical engineering. Dr. Hughes obtained her PhD from Stanford University, where she was an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellow. She has been a faculty member at Columbia University since 2008 and was awarded the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for 2020. Her work on ascertaining the radiological conditions in the Marshall Islands has been covered widely. Dr. Hughes currently serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Dr. Timmon Wallis is Executive Director of NuclearBan.US and coordinator of the national Warheads to Windmills Coalition. He has a BA in Human Ecology and a PhD in Peace Studies, and has been writing, teaching and campaigning on the issues of climate and nuclear weapons for many years. His book, Disarming the Nuclear Argument contributed to the negotiations which led to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and earned ICAN its Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. His most recent book, Warheads to Windmills: Preventing Climate Catastrophe and Nuclear War was published in December 2023.WHENFebruary 29, 2024 at 7:00pmWHEREVirtual via Zoom
Colleen Otte published Federal cash paying for 41 EV charging stations along Michigan highways in News 2024-02-20 18:26:38 -0500
Story by Byron Tollefson of WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan is set to build dozens of electric vehicle charging stations across the state, several of which will be in West Michigan.
Nearly $23 million from the federal government is supporting the construction of 41 charging stations. They will be built right off major highways so drivers can make long trips without worrying about running out of power.Read more
Colleen Otte published 5th Annual High School Climate Change Symposium in Events 2024-02-19 23:52:53 -0500
Come learn about climate change from climate scientists, activists, researchers, and informers at the Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center's 5th Annual Climate Change Symposium. Links to the sessions will be sent to your email at a later date.
This event is about educating high school students about climate change, and how we can mitigate its effects. Students will leave with concrete actions they can take to make a positive impact on the climate crisis.WHENApril 06, 2024 at 9:00amWHEREOnline Event
Colleen Otte published 3rd Congressional District Candidate Education Session in Events 2024-02-09 11:30:19 -0500
Campaign season is underway, and Michigan will be one of the most hotly contested states. Political candidates across our state will be campaigning, and we have an excellent opportunity to show that shutting down Line 5 matters to voters.
Your voice is valued and our elected officials need to hear directly from you! Come out and meet MiCAN's Line 5 Engagement Coordinator Erica Bouldin for a Candidate Education Session in Congressional District 3, where she will prepare you with top pointers specific to a productive conversation with Representative Hillary Scholten.
Refreshments provided. RSVP below!WHENFebruary 29, 2024 at 5:00pmWHEREUrban Core Collective
413 Hall St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
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River Network has hosted River Rally for decades, bringing the network together for an infusion of learning, inspiration, and celebration. The joyful and deeply moving experience of River Rally combats feelings of isolation, overwhelm, and burnout for network members working at the intersection of water and justice by building knowledge and skills, diversifying perspectives and solutions, recognizing achievements within the network, and strengthening connections. Built by and for the national network of water, justice, and river advocates, River Rally ignites collective action and power for the work ahead.
At the Network's 25th rally, you can expect outstanding local field trips, stimulating sessions, amazing venues, and opportunities to enjoy the riverfront with old and new friends.WHENMay 13, 2024 at 8:00am - May 16, 2024 at 1:00pmWHEREL.V. Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University
301 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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Colleen Otte published 63rd Annual MI Lakes & Streams Association Conference in Events 2024-02-07 18:43:36 -0500
The theme for this year's 63rd Annual MLSA Conference is "Restoration is Possible." This event brings people together as we all work to preserve and protect Michigan's lakes and streams.WHENApril 26, 2024 at 7:30am - April 27, 2024 at 3:00pmWHEREVanDyk Mortgage Convention Center
460 W Western Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440
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Colleen Otte published 2nd Annual A2 Climate Teach-In: Build Your Climate Action Toolkit in Events 2024-02-07 18:10:23 -0500
MiCAN is a proud sponsor of the Second Annual A2 Climate Teach-in, which will help you build your own Climate Action Toolkit. What can you do to get involved? This year, hear a special address from U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.WHENMarch 10, 2024 at 1:30pmWHEREGenesis of Ann Arbor
2309 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Colleen Otte published 425-mile Lake Michigan paddle boarding journey highlights Great Lakes protection and preservation; all captured on film. in News 2024-02-01 09:36:38 -0500
425-mile Lake Michigan paddle boarding journey highlights Great Lakes protection and preservation; all captured on film.
The documentary titled 'Troubled Water' premieres in February at Grand Valley State University's Downtown Grand Rapids campus.
Written by Erik Howard on January 31, 2024.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Filmmakers and Great Lake enthusiasts William Wright, Davis Huber and Chris Yahanda grew up in Indiana, often traveling to the lakeshore to do just about everything.Read more
The Climate Change Book Club, sponsored by the WMU Climate Change Working Group and the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition, welcomes anyone interested in reading and learning more about the science, politics, economics, sociology of climate change and the way it is portrayed in different parts of our society.
February's discussion is centered on A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring A New African Voice to the Climate Crisis by Vanessa Nakate.
This is a wonderful book, appealing to a wide range of readers, telling the first person story of a young African college student who is curious about climate change and starts learning how she can take action. She starts with small steps in her home country of Uganda and learns and grows tremendously to the point that she is attending major world events, getting world headlines, and connecting with other youth climate activists around the world - especially in Africa - whose stories she shares.
The book is an easy, appealing, and enjoyable read. There is a wonderful audio version with Nakate herself doing the reading. Listen in your car! (For local participants that audio version is available for free through the Kalamazoo Public Library through the Hoopla app, which also has digital versions and hard copies.)
For all of these reasons the Book Club hopes to make a strong appeal to young people to join in February. In fact, the virtual discussion of the book on Feb. 29 will be streamed from the WMU Waldo Library, where a room is reserved with the hope that WMU students will join the discussion in person in the library.
Find the full schedule of readings on the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition's website, and check out previous reads at the WMU Library webpage dedicated to our reading group.
This is an open group. You can invite others to join – send their emails to Allen Webb to get them on the list.Participants in the Climate Change Book Club receive a 15% discount when ordering titles through Bookbug via their webpage or purchasing in the store. When ordering online, please use the coupon code CCBC23 during the checkout process. Support your local, independent bookstore!WHENFebruary 29, 2024 at 5:30pmWHEREVirtual Discussion
Colleen Otte published POLITICS: TOUGH. PEOPLE: TOUGHER. UNITING FOR CLIMATE ACTION in News 2024-01-19 13:09:41 -0500
Published by the Michigan Environmental Council on January 4, 2024
Colleen Otte is no grizzled, veteran climate activist, but even in her few years in the movement, she's seen how far Michigan has come.
Otte is the communications manager for the Michigan Climate Action Network (MiCAN). When MiCAN formed in 2015, she said climate change was something not often talked about. That made solutions like carbon neutrality unattainable.
Yet, just eight years later, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed one of the nation's boldest sets of climate policies into law.
By 2040, Michigan will have 100% clean energy, major energy efficiency upgrades, and better long-term planning by utility companies, made possible by thousands of workers in new jobs.
All of this happened despite well-funded, well-connected special interest groups who tried to water down a truly ambitious and just clean energy transition.
"We kind of say that our movement is not yet at fighting weight, because we know that this is not a fair fight to begin with, really," said Otte.
What made this historic climate moment happen, then, despite the odds? Michigan had the public support, the research, experts, and activists. It was just a matter of coming together.Read more
Colleen Otte published Two groups seek to stop Line 5 tunnel project with appeal to Michigan court in News 2024-01-10 11:41:20 -0500
Written by Jakkar Aimery, The Detroit News
Michigan Climate Action Network, together with the Environmental Law & Policy Center, is seeking a legal appeal of the Michigan Public Service Commission's decision to allow the building of a tunnel to house the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.Read more
Colleen Otte published Environmental, Clean Energy Groups Appeal Michigan PSC’s Approval of Line 5 Tunnel/pipeline Project under Straits of Mackinac in News 2024-01-09 18:03:48 -0500
Environmental, Clean Energy Groups Appeal Michigan PSC’s Approval of Line 5 Tunnel/pipeline Project under Straits of Mackinac
“The last thing we need to be doing is building new fossil fuel infrastructure like a new pipeline under the Straits and locking in more reliance on oil”Read more
Colleen Otte published The Climate Emergency and the 2024 Election on Critical Issues, Alternative Views in Events 2024-01-05 21:18:45 -0500
Critical Issues, Alternative Views is a local television program that analyzes the most important social and political problems confronting the global community today from alternative, progressive perspectives that are not often presented in conventional media outlets. This award-winning show is recorded at the Kalamazoo Public Media Network (PMN) and features Western Michigan University professors Don Cooney (School of Social Work), Regena Nelson (Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies), and Ron Kramer (Department of Sociology) as regular panelists with occasional special guests who lend their expertise to the discussion.
- Dr. Denise Keele, Executive Director of the Michigan Climate Action Network
- Dr. John Clark (invited), Department of Political Science
The current Critical Issues, Alternative Views program is broadcast on Channel PMN One (Charter Spectrum Channel 187) on the following schedule: Mon @ 6 PM; Tue @ 6 AM & 2 PM; Wed @ 6 PM; Thu @ 6 AM & 5 PM; Fri @ 6 PM; Sat @ 6 AM & 5 PM
A variety of previous programs are re-broadcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM. AT&T Uverse subscribers should check the schedule on Channel 99. Critical Issues, Alternative Views can also be accessed directly on the Public Media Network website: https://www.publicmedianet.org/; and on YouTube.
This event is part of the WMU Climate Change Working Group's "Climate Emergency: Spring into Action 2024", a semester-long look at the climate crisis and what we can do to address it – learn more!WHENMarch 15, 2024 at 11:00amWHEREPanel discussion to be recorded for broadcast and viewing at a later date – there is no real-time viewing option during the recording session.
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Colleen Otte published America’s Most Dangerous Pipeline Lives Another Day in News 2023-12-27 16:42:14 -0500
Enbridge keeps a time bomb ticking beneath the waters of the Great Lakes
Written by Conor Mihell, editor-at-large with Canoe and Kayak magazine based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
A pipeline used to carry crude oil sits at the Superior, Wisconsin, terminal of Enbridge Energy. | Photo by Jim Mone/FileRead more
Colleen Otte published Why more than 60 Indigenous nations oppose the Line 5 oil pipeline in News 2023-12-27 16:25:09 -0500
Colleen Otte published Enbridge-MPSC Post-Mortem Series (2023 edition) in News 2023-12-11 16:11:11 -0500
Guest post authored by Oakland University professor and writer Jeffrey Insko.Read more