WSW: On The Ground In Kalamazoo's Vine Neighborhood

Jul 18, 2019

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Kalamazoo resident Joetta Carr says the Southwest Michigan chapter of the Extinction Rebellion wants candidates for mayor and city commission to develop a climate policy for Kalamazoo. She says they are also working at the state level, and planning to go to the debates in Detroit for candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President. 

Carr was interviewed for a story in Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave. It’s part of the On the Ground Series telling stories from Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods. The project is now focused on the Vine Neighborhood. On the Ground Kalamazoo Project Editor Theresa Coty O’Neil says political activism, including around global issues is one of the things that stands out about the Vine Neighborhood.

Carr says the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the Extinction Rebellion has about 20 or so active members right now. She says there are several hundred people on their email list and liking the group’s Facebook page. Carr says people are joining because they are concerned about what will happen to their children and grandchildren if there isn’t action taken soon on climate change.