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What We Do

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition first convened in 2011 to attempt the implementation of the 2010 Environmental Justice Plan created by Gov. Granholm. Since that time a lot as happened: Detroit water shutoffs and bankruptcy, the Flint Water Crisis, fast tracking of air pollution and mining permits, fracking, new and aging pipelines, and more. In response, MEJC began growing its network and membership. Every two years MEJC hosts the Environmental Justice Summit, has three research projects with University of Michigan, does on the ground community education, and meets with federal, state and local governments to move the needle on EJ.

We take a multi-faceted approach to systems change by aligning on intersectional goals with statewide power-building organizations and small grassroots groups for policy change and disruption. Our organization operates within an understanding that the root causes of climate change are racism, capitalism, and the hetero-patriarchy with the impact of these oppressive systems falling on BIPOC and low-income communities.

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan residents most affected by inadequate policies. We work in alignment with the Principles of Environmental Justice, and cultivate relationships based on the Jemez Principles. We build power and unity within our community, so we all can thrive.

Members & Partners

Our wins for Michigan would not be possible without our member and partner organizations. Together, we work towards building a healthy, resilient Michigan where we all can thrive.

Logo for Soulardarity
Logo for Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition. A plug outlet with homes instead of prongs, being fed from wind power
Logo for We The People Michigan. A two hands of varying skin tones clapsing one another
Logo for We Want Green Too. A house with a leaf growing from it.
Logo for CRAFT: Citizens Resistiance at Fermi Two. A plant growing with seven leaves
Logo for Flint Rising. A tap with a large water droplet emerging with human figures inside holding hands
Greendoor initiative logo. Door is a lighter green than the other words
Logo for Breathe Free Detroit. A smokestack with a red circle-slash
Logo for Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. An infinity symbol
Logo for Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint. A black fist in the foreground and a tree in the background with a water wave in the midground
Logo for Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. Hands transforming into doves
Logo for the NAACP Michigan Conference. The scales of justice evenly balanced with NAACP in the center and "founded 1909" underneath
Logo for the Ecology center. Slightly off-center blue concentric circles.
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