Dear Great Lakes Neighbor,
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 Katrina Miller
of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, a non-profit that works to
promote a greener Toronto and encourage local residents' engagement in
local issues. Come visit the Great Lakes Town Hall to read and
respond to Katrina's stories and perspectives about the Great Lakes
every day this week - only in the Great Lakes Town Hall!
Guest Writers this week-- Katrina Miller
Katrina Miller is
Campaigns Director at the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), a non-profit
advocacy group that works for a better environment for all Torontonians. TEA was
at the forefront of Toronto's decisions to ban cosmetic pesticides,
pick up kitchen compost at the curb, and expand its Light Rail rapid transit
system by 120 kilometres. Now TEA is fighting for the city to adopt a local food
procurement policy and pass a new by-law that gives the public the right to know
what toxic chemicals are use and released in their communities.
Featured Issue this week - Phantom Voices
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, Brenna
comments on the lack of incorporation of minority voices and needs in
Great Lakes discussions and policies. She charges all of us to
consider the environmental justice of this tendency when she writes,
"Can we call any achievements or legislation
passages or movement forward a success when it's only according to the
lives of the educated, middle-aged Caucasians of America?"
Read Brenna's Featured Issue, and put in your two cents!
Bringing you a better Great Lakes Town Hall!
We listened to all of the wonderful
feedback from our 2007 survey and have taken your advice. We will be launching your
new Town Hall this December. You can expect easier navigation, new features, all
past postings and much, much more!
We are looking for sponsors to support
the building of the new Town Hall. Here is a great opportunity for businesses to
sponsor a good cause and see their logo on the front page of the Town Hall. Are
you interested? Do you know someone who might be interested? If so, please
contact Brenna Wanous at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-496-4020.
Don't miss this great opportunity to read and
comment on our featured issue - Phantom Voices - and the stories and perspectives of Katrina Miller in
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,
Great Lakes Town Hall Manager
Biodiversity Project's Great Lakes Town Hall