Lisa and Kerry Go to Washingon, to Lobby and Laud for Michigan

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Here at the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, we don't just talk the talk. We walk the walk, or in this case, take the plane to Washington, D.C. Two of our leaders, Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Deputy Director Kerry Duggan, will be in the nation's capital this week. The mission: To make sure the cause of protecting our state's environment is paramount in the minds of our elected leaders ... during this week and in the weeks, months and years to come.

Lisa and Kerry will be joined by a cadre of other Michiganders, with two important tasks: To lobby Congress to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation, and celebrate and honor a great Michigander whose commitment to environmental politics has changed the face of the movement. You see, we push for change, and give credit where credit is due.

"With the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the U.S. House last June, our nation has been poised to move clean energy and climate legislation into law," Lisa explains.

"The U.S. Senate, however, has been hemming and hawing, mired in partisan bickering and political gridlock."

You'd think there'd be a rush to limit the nation's reliance on fossil fuels these days, with the black tide that's taken over the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 disaster at BP's Deepwater Horizon operations. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. Partisanship and money from Big Oil is still preventng real action for a clean and safe future.

That's where groups like the MLCV come in. On Wednesday, Lisa and Kerry will hook up 100 other representatives from state leagues around the country for a day-long conversation with Congress. That's a lot of mouths to tell a lot of ears about the importance of environmental stewardship for Michigan and states throughout the land.

And the opportunity comes at a perfect time. A vote on the filthy Murkowski amendment could come Thursday, while Sen. Harry Reid says clean energy and climate legislation may finally taken up this summer.

Lisa and Kerry will attend the national League of Conservation Voters' annual dinner the same day, to celebrate the generosity of five philanthropists who support environmental protection, including Michigan's own John Hunting.

"John's keen understanding of politics and his deep devotion to our natural resources protection led him to establish the Beldon Fund in 1999," Lisa says. 

"John has been a long-standing member of the LCV board of directors. Long before others understood the importance of building the state leagues, John was there, championing Michigan LCV and organizations like ours across the nation."

When this trip is over, the fight will still go on. And it's with the help of our supporters that trips like this, and continued advocacy and education, can take place. There are numerous ways that you can take action by volunteering and making your voice heard. You can become a member or donate.

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--- Image credit, top: Rob Shenk via Flickr.