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This Week in Your Great Lakes Town Hall!



Guest Writer: Tom Leonard, WMEAC


Featured Issue: A Certain Hollow Feeling by Dave Dempsey





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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 Town Hall is pleased to welcome Tom Leonard, former Executive Director of West Michigan Environmental Action Council.  Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Tom Leonard's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!



TomLeonard160.jpgGuest Writer this week-- Tom Leonard

As the former Executive Director of West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and long-time Secretary-Treasurer of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Tom Leonard was deeply involved in the sustainability movement beginning in the mid 1990’s.  His views on sustainability topics have been solicited by members of Congress and the U.S. Senate, among others.  He has rendered assistance and consultation to such familiar names in the field as Amory Lovins, Janine Benyus, and Theodore Roosevelt IV.  He was also a close advisor on environmental and sustainability issues to the current Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, George Heartwell.  
Now retired, Tom and his wife Susan divide their time between their 1883 home in Grand Rapids’ Cherry Hill historic district, and Tom’s ancestral home on Gun Lake; while Tom divides his attention between  (far too many) competing hobbies and interests.



Read and Respond to Tom's essays in the Town Hall! 


Featured Issue this week - A Certain Hollow Feeling

In addition to guest speakers, the Great Lakes Town Hall focuses on a new featured Great Lakes issue each week, provided by co-moderators Dave Dempsey, Gary Wilson, and Brenna Wanous. This week, Dave writes a provoking and highly powerful piece regarding the fatal loopholes in the Great Lakes Compact- namely that which allows for the sale of its water.  Dave analytically writes:

" The bottled water loophole, we were told, was a necessary compromise to deflect business community opposition to the 2005 compact.  But the volume of water, not the method of conveyance, is the issue. The Great Lakes won't know the difference between 300 million gallons a year exported in bottles and 300 million gallons a year exported in ships. Or any other volume."

Does the Compact not only forgive but allow the transgressions of the bottled water industry?  Is the legislation accomplishing the goals it set out to achieve?  How can the concerned Great Lakes residents make a difference to make the situation right?

Read Dave's Featured Issue, and put in your two cents! 


Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - A Certain Hollow Feeling - and the stories and perspectives of Tom Leonard in the Great Lakes Town Hall all this week!

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. We encourage individuals of all ages, occupations, and opinions to participate in the conversation.

Your Great Lakes Neighbor,

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Brenna Wanous

Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall

email: bwanous@biodiverse.org

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