A Watershed Moment: Political Accountability

On today’s episode we hear from Matt Blain, West Michigan Field Organizer for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV), who discusses MCLV’s accountability suite: How Green is Your Governor, Green Gavels and the Environmental Scorecard.

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is a non-profit organization that works to protect Michigan’s air, land, and water. Through its accountability suite, the MLCV helps to elect environmentally conscious representatives into the Michigan government. How Green is Your Governor is a recording of all the bills that pass by Governor Snyder that have an environmental impact. Through a partnership with the University of Michigan, Green Gavels simplifies supreme court decisions from the past 25 years, summarizes, and labels them as in favor of or against the environment. The Environmental Scorecard is a compilation of all the environmental bills in Michigan for the past year, accompanied with their summaries. A list of representatives and their voting record on these issues is also available.

According to Blain, one of the primary goals of the MLCV is “to let these kind of decisions be known and be heard throughout the community so, as voters, we can make a better informed decision about who we are electing into office.” With Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Great Lakes and other outdoor activities in Michigan, many can identify with the idea of protecting our environment, and the MLCV does just that. Along with 39 other states, Michigan voters directly elect their Supreme Court, so “Michigan voters need to have a better understanding of the decisions that are actually impacting our environment and coming down from the Supreme Court,” says Blain.

Materials part of the accountability suite can be found at www.michiganlcv.org. To get involved with the MLCV by volunteering, contact Matt Blain at matt@michiganlcv.org.

To listen to the episode, click here. The full interview can be heard here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.  Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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