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Speaking of Resilience Podcast

A 12-episode podcast series exploring what’s needed for a clean energy transformation in the Great Lakes State. Hosted by Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network.


Before the coronavirus hit, renewable energy was growing rapidly, and Michigan was poised to become a climate leader. While most people and our elected officials are rightly focused on flattening the curve and meeting the immediate needs of the sick, unemployed, and people on the front lines, the urgent timeline to act on the climate crisis has not changed. Massively expanding clean energy infrastructure could also dramatically speed the economic recovery from COVID-19 by creating millions of jobs.


Join Dan Worth and Kate Madigan for a series of interviews with experts to explore how we solve the climate crisis while creating economic stimulus in this changing landscape. If you care about our overheating planet, and want to rebuild the economy to be more resilient, just, and sustainable, this is the podcast for you.






Chairman Bryan Newland - Line 5 and the Oil Tunnel          LISTEN OR WATCH


Kate Madigan and Jim Lively interview Bryan Newland, Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community. There is a lot going on with Line 5 right now, and our interview with Chairman Bryan Newland about Line 5 could not be more timely. The conversation focuses on the impacts of the aging Line 5 pipeline owned by Canadian oil company Enbridge, which sits in the open waters at the Straits of Mackinac. We hear from Bryan about the backroom deals made by an outgoing Republican-led Michigan Legislature from the perspective of Michigan's native communities, whose treaty rights are at stake, especially in the event of a catastrophic oil spill. 

On June 30, 2020 we learned that a Line 5 anchor support was damaged, and as a result of that discovery, Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel was successful in getting a judge to issue a temporary restraining order, temporarily shutting down Line 5. In the legal hearing about this issue, we also learned that there were two additional incidents where ships anchors or cables struck Line 5 in the Great Lakes, unbeknownst to Enbridge, only to be discovered when they were fixing damaged coating on the pipeline. This alarming revelation raises increased concern about this 67 year old pipeline and highlights the need for Governor Whitmer to join the AG to act to revoke the easement. In the coming weeks we’ll continue to cover this issue in more depth. 

Take action NOW - Go to to urge the Governor to take action to revoke the easement and shut down Line 5.



Dr. Jonathan Foley - Project Drawdown          LISTEN OR WATCH

In this episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan and Dan Worth interview Dr. Jonathan Foley. Dr. Jonathan Foley is the executive director of Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. He is a world-renowned environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author, and public speaker. His work is focused on understanding our changing planet, and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on.


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Dr. Missy Stults - Ann Arbor's Climate Goals                   LISTEN or WATCH

In our first episode of the Speaking of Resilience Podcast, Kate Madigan and Dan Worth interview Missy Stults. Missy is the Sustainability and Innovations Manager at City of Ann Arbor, and is responsible for ensuring Ann Arbor meets its climate and sustainability goals and to make Ann Arbor one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in America. In two short years, she has been at the helm as Ann Arbor set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030, the most ambitious city climate goals, and created a detailed plan to get there, which was just unanimously passed by the city. She has called it a moonshot goal for Ann Arbor, a nod to her previous work as a Program Manager at NASA.







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