The shift to clean energy in Michigan is well underway - our biggest challenge is to make sure that politicians in Washington, in Lansing and in our hometowns don't block our clean energy future. Michigan became a national leaders in clean energy investments in recent years. More than 100,000 jobs have been created and $10 billion invested in solar component manufacturing, advanced batteries, wind turbine construction, energy efficiency and more.
The Sierra Club works to educate the public about the impact of the factory farms on our health, the environment, local economy and animal welfare and to offer local, sustainable alternatives to the industrial food supply. Unfortunately, most of our meat, dairy and eggs are produced in very unsustainable animal factories. Become informed about the dangers of CAFOs (i.e. factory farms - see Facts about CAFOs) and pesticide use on our produce. Find good sources of meat and produce from farmers and distributors who do not add to the mega-farm, mega-pollution problem. Where do you buy your meat and produce? Have you been able to find organic produce in your area? Are there restaurants near you that serve free-range pasture-fed meat and poultry, and organic vegetables? If you've discovered a wonderful farm in your area that practices sustainable agriculture, let us know. We also want to hear from you if you are a member of a Community Supported Agriculture organic farm!
Toxic chemical pollution threatens the environment and people in communities around the world. The Toxics Program addresses national, regional, state, local and international issues. Reducing exposure to hazardous substances protects families and wildlife, and improves our water quality and neighborhoods. A top priority is reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). For almost 40 years environmental organizations have struggled to reform this weak and ineffective national law. It has addressed few chemicals and remains unenforced. As a result, thousands of untested chemicals enter the marketplace without regulation or warning labels.
Michigan is blessed with remarkable natural resources. Michigan has more public land than any other state east of the Mississippi River. Our state is said to have a greater diversity of ecosystem types than any place in the continental USA outside of the Pacific Northwest. Today pressures to develop and exploit these lands for private gain are growing. Please join us in efforts to protect the amazing places in Michigan that you and your family love.