Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition

Unifying the voice of a generation in environmental solidarity

A Trip to the UP

on October 20, 2012

I’ve been trying to get to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for awhile now, and I recently came across a great excuse! This past week I spent some time at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI supporting some student work around our Clean Energy Champion campaign. Not only was this a beautiful place to be, but it was an extremely productive one! Myself and two students tabled for a few hours one day and collected over 100 new student voter pledges, and educated even more about Prop 3. Even though it rained the whole time I was there, I had a great time getting to know some NMU students, and seeing some beautiful sights. Carrie took me to Presque Isle state park for a few minutes, and even though it was rainy the red rocks, colorful shorelines, clear blue water, and the vastness of Lake Superior were absolutely stunning.

Of course, the day I left to drive home all day was beautiful and sunny, so I took some Yooper advice and made a few stops along the way. I stopped in Munising, Michigan and checked out the Picture Rocks lakeshore, and took a little hike to find a waterfall in the middle of the woods! If I hadn’t been thinking about the importance of clean energy in MI enough already, this trip really made me realize what Michigan has at stake. I was endlessly entertained by the beautiful fall colors during my drive in the lower peninsula, I crossed the Mackinac bridge, drove along the northern shore of Lake Michigan, and the southern shore of Lake Superior. Michigan is such an awesome place to live and we are so lucky to be able to experience these wonderful natural resources on a daily basis.

Now more than ever we need to take seriously Michigan’s transition to clean energy. Have you heard about the NWF”s new report on Enbridge’s Line 5?  This report warns of an extremely scary possibility- Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline rupturing and spilling underneath the Mackinac Bridge, right in between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. If this pipeline spills, like so many of Enbridge’s have in the past, this would be absolutely devastating for the Great Lakes and the life that surrounds it. We need to be done with dangerous pipelines and oil. We need to be done with coal plants polluting our air and water every day, and we need to be done with these large corporations that are selling our health, safety, and happiness so that they can make a profit by polluting our world. We can all start by voting for Prop 3 on Nov 6 to jumpstart MI’s transition to clean energy, and protect our land. Here’s whats at stake…

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Miner’s Falls
Lake Superior!
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