Senator Jon Bumstead will speak about environmental issues and the legislative process at the next CEWAC meeting on Thursday March 12, 6pm to 7:30pm at Brooks Township Hall, 490 Quarterline Street, Newaygo.
Citizens Environmental Watch and Action Coalition (CEWAC) will share information on how to learn about pending environmental bills and votes, and how to respond to calls for action. Senator Bumstead will be on hand to discuss how best to reach representatives to learn what their stand is on an issue, and how community members can most effectively express their own opinions to their legislators.
“We strive to be a non-partisan education and advocacy organization. We encourage people to use their passion and concern for the environment as their litmus test for politicians and candidates,” states Sally Wagoner, CEWAC Coordinator. “We are happy that Senator Bumstead will be with us this Thursday evening so we can ask him specific questions about legislation and our environment.”
“With the 2020 elections coming up fast, now is the time for people to learn how to voice their votes for the environment,” added Sally Kane, CEWAC advocate. “Environmental concerns are not just for tree huggers. Issues such as local weather warming and extremes of drought and flooding are affecting Newaygo County farmers, healthy hunting habitats and game, viable fishing species, and clean water and soil. These issues impact our economy, our livelihoods, and the future health of our environment for our children and grandchildren.”
Guests are urged to bring cell phones, tablets, and laptops to practice using apps and tools for contacting legislators. Paper, pens, envelopes, postcards and stamps will be available for old fashioned communication as well. Tips on how to submit succinct letters to the editor will also be given, as well as use of social media.
“Please also bring your favorite environmental website and list serve that you use to keep on top of issues and calls to action. Sharing this type of information is what CEWAC is all about,” continued Ms. Wagoner. “No one person has all the answers on how to navigate through the weeds of environmental issues and our political process. So learning from each other is the best way to prepare ourselves in using our voices and our votes for our environment.”
CEWAC meetings are free and open to the public. For more information contact Sally Wagoner: sallyw@3R-education.org,