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About the Activist

The Activist is the SEMG's biannual newsletter.
We publish in July and November, all issues are mailed to Sierra Club members living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair Counties.

We invite our members to submit articles, photographs, artwork and cartoons to our editor or publisher (link on right).
Would you like to send a submission for the July issue?
Please send it to Lydia, lydfisch@mindspring.com no later than May 15.
Submissions for the November issue are due on September 15th.

To view or download an issue, simply click the desired issue.

We Sierrans have committed ourselves to:

  • explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth
  • practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources
  • educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment
  • use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

- Carol Izant

2013

November 2013

  • DTE Hurts Michigan Families
  • New Monthly Meeting Location
  • General Membership Meetings
  • Insect Pollinators
  • Enbridge: Worse Than Keystones
  • Kids Explore Mother Nature
  • Privatizing Detroit's Garbage
  • Moving Ahead with Regional Transit
  • Another nuclear reactor in SE MI?
  • DTE Violations Hearings
  • Vote—Ex-Com Elections
  • My Life as a Skier
  • Outings

July 2013

  • ZWD Coalition Committee
  • Become a SEMG Leader
  • Canadian nuke waste dump
  • Transportation Authority Startup
  • Farmers' Market in Birmingham
  • Green Lodging in Michigan Water
  • Withdrawals for Fracking
  • Michigan Green Schools
  • Energy efficiency programs
  • SEMG's Celebrates Earth Day
  • Free Environmental Presentation
  • The Badger's Extension
  • Water Resources Commissioner
  • Unanticipated life changes
  • Outings

2012

December 2012

  • Nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Committee
  • Meetings Call For Volunteers
  • General Membership Meetings
  • ICO Celebrates its Second Outing
  • Hi–Speed Intercity Rail Coming…
  • MI Green Schools
  • Detroit Recycling—Curbside…
  • ATHF3 Opposes Fermi 3
  • New Energy…Wind
  • Campaign for Renewable Energy
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Green Cruise recap
  • AB&E Fundraiser Success
  • Election Results
  • Your e-mail address needed!
  • SEMG dollars raised and spent
  • SEMG ExCom Election Ballot
  • Are You a New Member?
  • Outings

July 2012

  • General Information & Meetings
  • General Membership Meetings
  • Call For Volunteers
  • FACEBOOK as an Activist Tool
  • SEMG gives back to the community
  • Charting the City's Waste Future
  • It's Easy Being a Green School
  • Sierra Club Recognizes Ed McArdle
  • Bringing Students Out In Nature
  • Sierra Club SEMG Endorsements
  • Proposed Ontario Nuclear Dump
  • Fundraiser Success
  • Philip Crookshank Lauded
  • Newnan family donates 88 acres
  • Green Water Infrastructure bike ride
  • Protecting pristine habitat
  • Nuclear Summit in D.C.
  • SEMG celebrates Earth Da
  • SS Badger Update
  • Outings

January 2012

• New Outings Initiative
• General Membership Meetings
• Sustainable Building
• The Whole Earth
• Badgering Lake Michigan
• Politics
• From The Chair
• Detroit Incinerator
• Green Cruise
• Nuclear-Free Great Lakes
• ABE Fundraiser
• Michigan Fracking Debate
• Michigan Infructure Debate
• Island Lake Hike
• Outings
• Beer Tasting Fundraiser

2011

August 2011

• Kids to Grow Up Green
• Detroit Community's ZIP 48217
• Obituary
• Run for SEMG Executive Committee
• Lobbyists Training
• Political Activism
• Beer Tasting Fundraising Event
• Green Cruise
• Biking the Lower Huron Metropark
• Non-Nuclear Future
• Rain Gardens
• Detroit Recycling
• Children Learn About Earth Day
• SEMG Outreach
• Outings

January 2011

• Detroit Incinerator Update
• General Information & Meetings
• Schedule of Programs
• Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
• Thoughts from Your Chair
• Walking Paths of the Keweenaw
• SEMG: Moving Forward!
• News from Blue Water
• Helping the spread of native plants
• Green Cruise Recap
• Nukes will hit the fan in 2011
• Fundrasing at Arts, Beats and Eats
• Going Native in the Garden
• Backpacking in Isle Royale
• State Election Results
• A Greener Transition
• SEMG Election Results Are In!
• Outin
gs

2010

August 2010

• General Information & Meetings
• Schedule of Programs
• Royal Oak office to Close
• Radioactive Waste Shipments
• Thoughts from Your Chair
• Oil Spill Anger
• Detroit—A New Life for the Land
• Michigan Jobs
• March for Clean Air?
• Green Cruise
• Humbug Marsh
• Landscaping in Oakland County
• Blue Water Sierra Club
• Beyond Coal — Good News
• Receive your activist electronically
• Green Politics
• After Death Home Care
• Outings

January 2010

• Reinventing Recycling
• Green Politics
• SEMG Tree at Detroit Zoo
• Green Cruise Recap
• SEMG Executive Committee
• Love Your Lawn
• Blue Water Sierra Club
• Fermi 3 up-date
• Are two bridges better than one?
• Energy efficiency jobs
• The US Social Forum II
• Garden Musings
• Northville Township votes
• 2009 Annual Fundraiser
• Weekend Backpacking
• Westland Environmental Group
• Thoughts from Your Chair
• Outings

2009

August 2009

All Aboard for a Good (Green) Cause!
• Will Michigan Get More Nuclear?
Welcome Cool Cities Staffer Michelle Martinez!
For Love Of Water, Rochester ECOs
Feed-in Tariff Equals Energy Democracy
Get Involved in Electing Green Leaders
Sarnia Ontario’s Chemical Valley
• Musings from a Gardener in N. Oakland County
• Westland rises from the ashes, of the old incinerator
• Green Thumbs up for Costco’s Trade-In & Recycle Program
• Detroit Incinerator: Mayor Opts for More Incineration
• Outings

February 2009 - June 2009

New nuclear proposals impact Michigan and the Great Lakes
• Organizing in St. Clair County to Protect Our Environment
Rochester ECOs - Effective and Fun
Green politics: unprecedented success with endorsements
Fund Raising Paradox
Green Cruising Join Us!
An Invite to Explore Downriver in the Winter
Aging Water Infrastructure Pollutes and Can Result In Shut-offs
• Musings of a master gardener
Outings
• 2009 New Faces on Our SEMG Executive Committee
• Detroit Incineration: Still the Burning Question
• Eating out? Enjoy, and help restaurants use energy more efficiently

2008

Feb. 2008 - Aug. 2008

Clean Energy - No More Nukes for the Great Lakes, By Ed McArdle
• Committee Chairs and meetings,
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Energy Efficiency Programs
Neighbors Opposed to Developers’ Plans
Our State Leg
islators Need to Hear
The Sierra Club and Political Action
Bluebirds - A Tale of Stewardship
Night Migrants Need “Safe Passage” -
The Detroit Audobon Society
• Outings
Tiffany Hartung, new BEC organizer
• 3rd Annual Earth Day Expo, Saturday April 19, 2008
• Sierra Club & Beer - put April 24 on your calendar
7th Annual Fundraising Dinner, Fri., Sept. 19, 2008
• And more ...

Sep 2007 - Feb 2008
THE ACTIVIST -Sustainable Issue-

• Communities are Going Green, By Ed McArdle
• Committee Chairs and meetings,
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
• Thoughts from Your Chair
• Make our air clean - A Carbon Tax for Michigan
• Recycling in Detroit’s Solid Waste Future
• Suburban Sprawl - Saving wetlands, woods
• DTE’s Green Currents Program -Does it contribute to Renewable Energy? by David Wright
• Properly disposing of CFLs
• Outings
• Green Politics
• And more ...

2007

Feb 2007 - Aug 2007
THE ACTIVIST -Energy Issue-

• The Green Ride - Testing some of
the most popular hybrid vehicles
• Thermal Solar Activism Going On By Hal Newnan
• COULD TRANSIT GET A RAPID START By Ed McArdle
• The new state legislative session By Lydia Fischer
• The new state legislative session By Lydia Fischer
• GREEN POLITICS, GREEN HEARTS AND
GREEN HEADS By Mitch Mitchell
• Energy Star - Saving energy can save you money
• Westland, Wayne and Canton Residents Come Together to Save Wetlands
• MICHIGAN ROAD BUILDER THREATENS LAKE SUPERIOR
• p. 9 Growing and Eating Organic, By Mary LaFrance
• Outings
• The Dusty Boot Award by Phil Crookshank, SEMG Outings Chair
• And more ...

2006

Sep 06 - Dec 06

• MOTOR CITY OR TRANSIT TOWN? By Ed McArdle
SEMG Conservation Chair
• Lace up and Gear up - 2nd Annual Green Cruise
• Energy High at Workshop on Smart Energy Solutions for Michigan
• GREEN POLITICS: Think Lansing - Act Local
• OUTINGS & Outings PHILOSOPHY 101
• Green Politics
• And more ...

March 2006 - June 2006

• SEMG's 5th and a ½ Mostly Annual Fundraising Dinner with Guest Speaker Dave Dempsey
• Farmington Smart System
• Hamtramck Autoclave
• Mass Transit
• Outings
• Green Politics
• And more ...

December 2005 - February 2006

• Hamtramck Medical Waste Proposal: New Wine in an Old Bottle?
• Mass Transit and the Power of Positive Thinking
• Chapter Lobby Day Keeps Growing
• Recycling in Detroit
• Architectural Outings
• Outings
• And more ...

2005

September 2005 - November 2005

• Finding Common Ground for a Better Environment
• Nash resigns; political, work obliga
tions
• Detroit Trash Incinerator - Money to Burn!
• The Great Train Ride: Pontiac to Kalamazoo, Local Sierrans go on Board to Save Amtrack
• Thanks from Maybury - The Living Farm
• Outings
• Green Politics
• And more ...

April 2005 - June 2005

• SEMG: Working Together for a Better Environment
• Good News from Sibley Prairie: Development Plans on Hold
• Public Transit Becomes Top Priority
• Closing the Hamtramck Incinerator - Public Speaks Out One More Time
• Dog Sledding - A Sport for the Brave
• Earth Day - Continuing 35 Years of Hard Work
• Outings
• And more ...

December 2004 - March 2005

• Environmental Justice Policy: MI Lags Behind Other States
• SEMG Election Time: Vote for Executive Committee Members
• Traveling the Manistique
• SEMG's 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner
• Mackinac Action Network
• Outings
• And more ...

2004

August 2004 - November 2004

• David Bonior Visits SEMG and Discusses Politics
• Protecting Our Great Lakes
• Guest Column: Michigan's Upper Peninsula   
   Threatened by Mining
• Great Turnout from SEMG at Spring Lobby Day
• Central Wayne Incinerators Will Tip Over
• Green Politics
• Outings
• And more ...

April 2004 - July 2004

• Southeast Michigan Group is Building Environmental Communities: Getting the Word out on Environmental Misdeeds of the Bush Administration
• A Message from the Chair
• Will the Detroit Region Ever Get Mass Transit?
• A Dinner that Rocked: Reflecting on the 2003 Fundraising Dinner
• Spring & Summer Outings
• Outings Adventure: Exploring Winter Wildflowers
• SEMG Revs Up the Central Wayne Incinerator Campaign
• Guest Column: Clinton River Pathway
• Attention - Detroit Riverfront Watchers: Planning season for Detroit's west riverfront development is underway!

December 2003 - March 2004

• Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Women: SEMG Heroes Making a Difference in Michigan's Environment
• Let's Nail the Coffin Shut on the Central Wayne Incinerator
• A Message from the Chair
• It's SEMG Election Time - Vote for Executive Committee Members
• Outings Journal - Rewards of a Fleece
• Winter Outings Schedule
• Green Politics
• And more ...

2003

September 2003 - November 2003

• Shape the Future of Medical Waste in Michigan:
Keep the Hamtramck Incinerator Closed!
• Is the Central Wayne Incinerator Ready to Tip Over?
• We'll Miss Barb Yarrow - A Huge Thanks
• A Message from the Chair
• Remembering Sam Haynes
• Outings
• Green Politics
• ExCom Elections

April 2003 - August 2003

• The World of Water
• Our Sierra Club Chapter Strategizes for the Future
• Northwind: Jim Nash, SEMG's New Chair
• Volunteer Shares Bounty of the Earth
• Bringing it into balance: your help needed
• Outings
• Green Politics
• Lead poisoning Detroit’s children
• Wilderness Preparedness
• West Nile Virus: Is Spraying Warranted?

2002

September 2002 - November 2002

• Membership Challenge
• What's Going On: Chair's Report
• Sibley Prairie
• Detroit Office Hosts Festive Open House
• Executive Committee Nominations Open
• Outings
• Green Politics
• Backpacking North Manitou Island: Discovering a Wonderful Wilderness
• Sibley Prairie: The Last Frontier in Southeast Michigan
• Seminar Kicks off Backpacking Program
• Volunteer's Needed

March 2002 - August 2002

• Detroit Residents Air Concerns About Incinerator Pollution and Health Risks
• Comments Sought in FDA Review of the Risks of Genetically Engineered Fish
• What's Going On : Chair's Report
• Hikers and Stargazers Explore Mystery of Maybury's Nighttime Aura
• SEMG Elects ExCom Members
• Green Politics: Let's Get Involved
• Outings
• Explore Your Backyard Ecology at SEMG's May Monthly Meeting
• Learn Beginning Backpacking Skills
• Spring Events to Motivate You

2001

September 2001 - November 2001

• Help Raise Funds, Celebrate ... Join Us for Autumnfest 2001
• View from the Chair's Desk
• Outings
• SEMG Nominations
• Green Politics
• Be a Champ: Support Your Local Sierra Club
• Hamtramck Happenings
• CSA ... A Healthy Alternative to GE Food

2000

December 2000 - February 2001

• Toronto Trash: Just Say No!
• Coalition = Power by Numbers
• Outings Leader Tours Alaska
• Green Politics: It's Been Quite a Year
• Vote for Executive Committee Members
• Executive Committee Candidate Statements
• Outings
• Take Action: Gene Engineered
• Mackinac Chapter Awards Celebrate and Recognize Our Volunteers and Other Friends of the Environment
• Autumnfest 2000

September 2000 - November 2000

• Genetic Engineering
• It Starts When You Care to Act
• Election Fever? Contact Your SEMG Nominations Committee
• Medical Incinerator Fight Heating
• Autumnfest
• Green Politics
• Environmental Justice Organizer Joins Chapter Leadership
• Green Politics
• Outings
• Help Save Michigan Forests

1999

September 1999

• Take a Second Step ... to Southeast Michigan's New Member Meeting
• Let's Talk About Money
• Fall 1999 Special Events Calendar
• Green Politics: Keeping the Heat On
• Book Reviews
• Outings
• Coalition Asks Henry Ford Health System to Stop Incineration
• Wetlands and Water Conservation Issues
• SUWA Seeks Support for Redrock Wilderness Act
• Web Site Debut
• SEMG Autumn Extravaganza

1998

September

• Turning Rouge River Parklands into Wetlands
• On November 3, Remember the Environment
• Well, Come! to New Members Meeting
• The Voice of the SEMG Sierra Club
• Troy Wetlands in Danger of Disappearing
• Thanks to Volunteers
• Membership Committee News
• In Memoriam: Mr. Joel Briggs and Mr. William Clark
• Outings
• SEMG Joins the "Health Care Without Harm" Coalition
• From the Outings Committe

 

SEMG's newsletter is available here in PDF format. To view a PDF file, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader. This program can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the following link: 


The Activist is edited by Lydia Fischer.
Lydia can be reached by e-mail at lydfisch@mind
spring.com
.

Tom Dusky is the publisher of the Activist
Tom can be reached by e-mail at tdusky@comcast.net


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