The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) joins over 130 Michigan scientists in strongly opposing "anti-biodiversity bill" SB 78.
The bill, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba, passed both houses of the state legislature in the lame-duck session. Governor Snyder has until next Friday to sign the bill into law or not. GPMI urges him not to sign, and asks all Michigan citizens to call his office at 517-335-7858 and say the same.
"The problem with SB 78," says GPMI chair Fred Vitale of Detroit, "is that it would prevent the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from effectively protecting our state's wildlife and natural ecosystems. SB 78 would change provisions in Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act in order to prohibit DNR from managing any of our public land to promote biological diversity. Yet that kind of management is exactly what is needed from DNR today!"
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Julia Aires, a National Committee member from Florida, died on December 24th.
"I had a tremendous amount of respect for Julia Aires. Julia had a gift of seeing clearly on issues and never minded pointing that out. I found her a great inspiration and confidant. She was always one to appreciate efforts made for a positive purpose and I will miss her a lot" said Jennifer Sullivan, a former co-chair of the Green Party of Florida.