Deny the Mine: Creating a Social Network to Protect Land and Water

Deny the Mine: Creating a Social Network to Protect Land and Water in Washtenaw County (BEG)
Artemis Eyster, Chelsea High School

A large concrete company has proposed a gravel pit on the edge of the largest state owned recreation area in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and adjacent to many unique habitats containing rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. This proposal was supported by a state law that forbids any township from preventing the extraction of valuable resources, unless "very serious consequences" would occur. In southeast Michigan, citizens of Chelsea and neighboring townships have gathered together for many months to develop a comprehensive opposition to the company's request for a special land use permit. Their story shows the power of social resilience and provides insight into how citizens can collectively approach the challenge of overcoming anti-environmental laws.

Artemis Eyster, Chelsea High School
Artemis is a senior at Chelsea High School in southeast Michigan. She is a member of the Jane Goodall National Youth Leadership Council and of the Washtenaw Audubon Society and Michigan Botanical Club and is currently the artist for their Huron Valley Chapter. Artemis can often be found birding and botanizing around her property and nearby parks as she observes the natural world with the companionship of her notebook and watercolors. She is planning a career in environmental policy.