Seasonal work at Michigan’s state and local parks was once a sought-after job. Now, parks across the state are struggling to find enough workers to keep programs running.
Visitors to public lands and outdoor recreation are overwhelmingly white. State land managers say they want to reduce this “nature gap,” while African-American and Latino groups are encouraging more exploration of Michigan waters and trails.
For two straight summers, residents of Detroit’s Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood watched water pour into basements and pool in streets, a result of coastal flooding that will become increasingly common throughout the Great Lakes as climate change progresses.
Asian-American Michiganders said a recent surge in cases of racism nationally reflects their experiences here. Two legislators are calling attention to concerns anti-Asian discrimination in Michigan is undercounted.
So far, the wildfire smoke hovering over Michigan has not impacted regional air quality. But climate experts say it should serve as a sobering reminder that the Great Lakes State is not immune to worsening natural disasters caused by climate change.