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Guest Writer: Rachael Shwom-Evelich, Michigan State University


Featured Issue: Think Critically to Benefit the Lakes! by Gary Wilson





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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 Rachael Shwom-Evelich, a PhD candidate at Michigan State University looking at the connections between the Great Lakes, Global Warming and the public's perspective.  Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and respond to Rachael Shwom-Evelich's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!



RachelSchwom160.jpgGuest Writer this week-- Rachael Shwom-Evelich

Rachael Shwom is a PhD candidate at Michigan State University in the Sociology Department and Environmental Science and Policy Program.  She will be an assistant professor specializing in Climate and Society in the Human Ecology Department of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in January 2009.  For the past four years Rachael has worked on surveys of Michiganders and Virginians about their support of various climate change policies.  She has also been peripherally involved with an effort to investigate decision-making around climate change in the Great Lakes.

Rachael first encountered the Great Lakes when she went to Syracuse University for her bachelors in English and Textual Studies and environmental sciences and had the chance to go hiking around Lake Eerie.  She subsequently received her Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of Environment where her master’s project focused on how climate change scientists communicated uncertainty to congress.   A three year job at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, a non-profit organization in Boston Massachusetts, provided Rachael with experience managing programs that helped coordinate state and local energy efficiency programs and has led her to her current dissertation on the relationships between non-profits, government and businesses in energy efficiency policy. 

Growing up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, many of her family and friends (most of whom are fishers and lobstermen for a living) were mortified when she moved to the “land locked” Midwest.  Rachael has made it her personal mission to convince her east coast family and friends that the Great Lakes region is pretty cool.  

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


Featured Issue this week - Think Critically to Benefit the Lakes!

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, Gary urges politicians, organizations and individuals to not get so caught up in the process of making progress that we forget the goal we're moving toward.

Gary uses examples of ballast water bills and the current presidential candidates to elaborate on his point.  He writes,

"Let’s hope [critical thinking and decision-making] encourages us to examine our sometimes intractable positions. Let’s encourage critical thinking in addition to collaboration, and not be afraid to walk away from a bad deal.

The Great Lakes deserve a good result, not just a good process."


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


Don't miss this great opportunity to read and comment on our featured issue - Think Critically to Benefit the Lakes! - and the stories and perspectives of Rachael Shwom-Evelich 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
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