This Week in the Great Lakes Town Hall . . .
Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,
Each week we invite grassroots activists, artists,
officials, physicians, parents, young people and
others to offer insightful commentary on their Great
Lakes experiences and views. Of course, we also
invite you to comment on their thoughts.
This week, the Great Lakes Town Hall is pleased to
welcome Council of Canadians national water
campaigner, Susan Howatt. As you'll see
from her bio below, Susan's experience and work
extends well beyond the Great Lakes region. Don't
miss this chance to read a new essay from Susan
every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town
About Susan Howatt . . .
Susan Howatt is the national water
campaigner with the Council of Canadians, the
largest citizen watchdog group in Canada. Before
joining the Council, she was the international
campaigner with the Indonesian Mining Advocacy
Network (Jatam), an organization that works with
communities impacted by the mining industry.
Susan was the cofounder of Unofficial Opposition, an
umbrella group that advocated for social services in
British Columbia. She has worked extensively as a
communications consultant for anti-poverty, first
nations and human rights groups in Vancouver and
served as a human rights observer in Chiapas, Mexico.
In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town
Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue
each week. This week co-moderator Dave Dempsey
turns his eye toward How we Measure Great
Lakes Progress . . . : "Hundreds of millions of
public dollars are spent each year on the Great Lakes
and we hope that will increase soon. But how does
the public find out whether the Great Lakes are
getting healthier or sicker? Why is it so difficult for
the states, provinces and national governments to
come up with a "report card" on the Great Lakes that
citizens can understand? If there was such a report
card, what do you think it should contain?"
Don't miss this great opportunity to read and
comment on our featured issue - How Do We
Measure Great Lakes Progress? - and the views
of our guest speaker, Susan Howatt, in the Great
Lakes Town Hall.
Guest speakers contribute content on a Great Lakes
topic of their choice for five days. While there are
basic rules of conduct, guest speakers are unedited
and diverse views are welcome. If you are
interested in serving as a guest speaker, please reply
to this email.
Your Great Lakes Neighbor,
Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall