Michigan Climate Coalition

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The  Michigan Climate Coalition has working groups addressing different aspects of climate change related to Michigan. One of these is the Forests working group. This group is intimately connected with the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework, serving as a forum within Michigan for  interested land managers, professional foresters, conservationists, and researchers.  The group’s initial purposes include:

  • Sharing knowledge within the forestry community on available science and information related to forests and climate change;
  • Learning about concerns within the forestry community;
  • Encouraging collaboration and communication between different organizations;
  • Identifying and discussing “climate smart” forest management practices; and
  • Providing hands-on training opportunities and demonstration projects.
Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

Climate change is a complex problem which involves all parts of society. Addressing climate change requires partners to collaborate from different sectors and across different issues. In Michigan, while a great deal of work is currently undertaken by a variety of institutions, there has been no space to understand where gaps exist and how diverse issues can be addressed collaboratively.

The Michigan Climate Coalition (MCC) is a partnership of universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. It brings together actors to identify redundancy and data gaps and develop collaboration.

MCC Goals are:

  • Indexing climate work in Michigan. The “Climate ID” project collects information about ongoing work related to climate change in Michigan: reports, initiatives, events, and funding opportunities. These are shared via the MCC website (www.miclimatecoalition.org) and network.
  • Communication and translation. The MCC translates work being done — for example, technical reports — to user audiences, making it more accessible. This helps address the “disconnect” between the scientific community and decision makers.
  • Action and filling in gaps. The MCC identifies where there are gaps in knowledge, so that targeted research can address those needs.

Working groups allow pursuit of joint projects. MCC working groups are organized around themes, and include: Agriculture, Coastal and Great Lakes, Education and Outreach, Energy, Forests, Health, Inland Waters, Land Use and Planning, Municipalities and Transportation, and Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems.