​2020 UPEC Photo Contest Winners

We’re delighted to share the winning images from our 2020 Photo Contest! Out of nearly 100 entries, these were judged to be the “best of the best” in our four categories:

  1. Nature panoramas: “Grand view” by Jeffrey A. Weir

  2. Humans engaged with the natural world: “Rock awe” by Phil Bellfy

  3. Hidden beauty: “Swan song” by Elizabeth J. Bates

  4. Wonderful fluid water: “Autumn swirls” by Joan Haara

Thanks to everyone who entered!  Enjoy!

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Other recent UPEC livestreams • View anytime on YouTube

What If I Sneeze Outdoors?: How Michigan is Planning for Covid-Responsible Recreation (May 30, 2020)

Conan Smith, head of the Michigan Environmental Council, discusses the work of a statewide outdoor recreation workgroup to develop recommendations for  Governor Whitmer and state agencies for a systematic, phased reopening of outdoor recreation activities and facilities to safeguard people from infection by Covid-19.

Line 5: What’s the Fuss? (May 12, 2020)

This livestream looks at the controversy over re-permitting Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline, which passes through the Upper Peninsula and crosses the Straits of Mackinac along the lakebed. Jeff Towner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retired wildlife biologist and UPEC Board member, and Mike Ripley of the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority are the guests. Towner explains the regulatory path Enbridge has to go through for the Line 5 tunnel approval.  Ripley discusses tribal efforts to shut down Line 5 because of the dangers a spill would pose to their fisheries, which they operate under rights recognized by the Treaty of 1836.

  • Download Jeff Towner’s slideshow (PDF format)

  • Download Mike Ripley’s slideshow (PDF format)


Celebrate the U.P.! 2020 {Virtually} (April 25, 2020

Our first-ever Virtual Celebrate the U.P.! was a hit! The live audience enjoyed a program featuring engaging and informative presentations on water, climate, food and much more.

Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition Livestream Series “Let’s Talk: Creating Virtual Communities in the UP” Presents:


The Future of Energy in the UP: Make Your Voice Heard

Monday, June 8th, 2020, 6:30pm EDT via livestream on Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom (links below)


Join the next Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) “Let’s Talk” livestream interactive conversation when our guest, Kalvin Hartwig from We The People Michigan (WTPM), will be talking and listening about the future of energy in the UP.  Hartwig is the Enaagide'enmad Shkakimikwen Inini / Environmental and Energy Issues Organizer–Upper Peninsula for WTPM.  


This installment of “Let's Talk” is on the day before a meeting of the UP Energy Task Force, which will discuss the future of energy in the region.  Hartwig will outline why the Task Force exists, what its mission is, and why its work matters to you.   He will guide us through topics such as UPPCO’s high rates, Escanaba’s proposed industrial solar panel project, and Enbridge’s Line 5 oil and gas pipeline.  The Task Force invites public input, so join our show on Monday, June 8th at 6:30pm EDT for an opportunity to prepare yourself to provide thoughtful comments to the Task Force.


WTPM an organization that advocates for working families across the state.  WTPM wants to bring us together so our families and communities can thrive.  The values they share with the UP include hard work, respect, and community at a time when many working families across our state are struggling.  UPEC supports their efforts to strengthen our communities.


Our presenter and listener Kalvin Hartwig is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  A 2010 Michigan Technological University social sciences graduate, he also holds a master's degree from Yale.  In 2014, he helped produce a short documentary entitled “This Is Who I Am.”


“Let’s Talk: Creating Virtual Communities in the UP” is one of three new livestream series being launched by UPEC to give people from the UP and beyond a chance to come together virtually to discuss, learn about, and take action on critical environmental issues facing the Upper Peninsula.














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