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This Week in Your Great Lakes Town Hall!



Guest Writer: Roberto Michel, freelance writer


Featured Issue: Great Lakes Sunsets by Dave Dempsey





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  What is the best way to address global warming in the Great Lakes Basin?

  1. Build more nuclear power plants (so far: 9%)
  2. Build more wind farms (20%)
  3. Reduce demand through energy efficiency (53%)
  4. Build more coal-fired power plants (0%)
  5. Derive more energy from biomass (4%)
  6. Other (please specify!) (9%)
  7. It’s not a problem worth addressing (2%)

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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 Roberto Michel, a freelance writer and life-long Great Lakes fisherman and outdoorsman.  Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Roberto Michel's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!



RobertoMichels160color.jpgGuest Writer this week-- Roberto Michel

Roberto Michel is a freelance writer and editor who resides in De Forest, Wisconsin, near Madison. Michel has been a newspaper reporter for the Tomah Journal in western Wisconsin, as well as correspondent for various newspapers. For the past 15 years, he has been an editor and senior contributing writer to various trade magazines, including Manufacturing Business Technology and Modern Materials Handling.

Michel’s interest in the Great Lakes are as a life-long fisherman and outdoorsman. While he has occasionally covered environmental topics, his perspective on the Great Lakes is as a common outdoors enthusiast with a background in industry and journalism. Michel’s outdoor hobbies include fishing, canoeing, biking, and hiking.

Most recently, Michel’s work has appeared in the Capital Region Business Journal, where his coverage has included the use of alternative fuel vehicles and biofuels by business owners. Michel’s blog (http://robertomichel.typepad.com) also covers environmental and green technology issues.


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


Featured Issue this week - Great Lakes Sunsets

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 asks Town Hall users for their stories: what are the best places in the Great Lakes to watch the sun dip below the horizon?  What makes these sunsets so connected to our Great Lakes identity?  How would you describe the beauty to someone who has never seen one?

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 - Great Lakes Sunsets - and the stories and perspectives of Roberto Michel 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
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager

Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall

email: bwanous@biodiverse.org

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