The State of Michigan Healthy Climate plan is very ambitious. By using a multi-pronged approach it plans to reduce carbon emissions 28% by 2025, and 52% by 2030 from a baseline of 2005. And it plans on Michigan being carbon neutral by 2050. By being multi-pronged, various departments and organizations can be specializing and concentrating on their own part of the roadmap without necessarily needing to wait for the completion of steps in other parts.

There are five major components of the roadmap – electric grid, EV vehicles and public transportation, repairing and de-carbonizing homes and businesses, clean innovation in industry including increased recycling and decreased food waste, and protecting our land and water – all also using the guidelines of the Federal Justice40 and the Federal America the Beautiful Initiatives. These latter two initiatives are important because they ensure that at least 40% of the state funding is used to support disadvantaged communities and that 30% of all our land and water will be protected by 2030. All five of the components should be adhering to these Environmental and Social Justice guidelines.

There is not enough room to cover the roadmap components but the Plan itself is less than 60 pages of easy reading. Each component is broken out and discussed so if you’re really in a hurry you can just read the part you’re interested in or even just the summary. The Plan can be found HERE for online reading or downloading.

In June we talked about the City of Kalamazoo’s plan and this month the State’s plan. Kalamazoo and Oshtemo Townships, and the City of Portage have also adopted or are working on climate action plans. Please encourage thru emails, committee attendance, personal discussions with your representatives, etc. that the plans not just be adopted but that they are adhered to in all decisions. The climate is not just changing, it is becoming a crisis.

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