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IT’S DAY 1154 OF THE FLINT WATER CRISIS
Flint, Michigan has been without clean water since April 24, 2014. What went wrong? A recent episode of PBS’s award-winning NOVA program explores the science behind the man-made crisis. The program does an excellent job of simplifying highly technical information in a way that’s easy for those outside the scientific community to understand. Watch it here and then join us soon for a panel discussion.
The Human Toll
As if Flint residents haven’t already suffered enough, in April the city began shutting off water service to residents with past due bills. Dozens of families in Flint have had their water shut off, and hundreds more anticipate losing service if their bills remain unpaid. No one should have to pay for poisoned water, but we’ve partnered with a grassroots group in Flint to get the water turned back on, and you can help by donating here.
THE GREAT LAKES, SANS PARIS
On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, tweeting that he was elected by the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris. But the Mayor of Pittsburgh and 252 other city and state leaders in the Great Lakes remain committed to the Paris Agreement because they know what the Great Lakes looks like—ecologically and economically—without Paris. Read our analysis here.
LINK HANDS FOR THE GREAT LAKES
On July 3, people in communities all across the Great Lakes Basin will gather along their local lakeshores and link hands to raise awareness of the need to protect the lakes we all love. This nonpartisan lake-lovefest is the brainchild of Charlevoix, Michigan resident Kimberly Simon, who conceived of All Hands on Deck in response to proposed cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Thanks in part to a grant from Freshwater Future, she’s helped coordinate handholds for more than 60 communities in 6 states and Ontario. Find one near you, or sign up to host your own.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT ASIAN CARP?
Take it from an 8-year-old. As part of a research project on Asian Carp, Grade 1 & 2 students at P.E. McGibbon School in Sarnia, Ontario wrote, directed, and starred in a 2-minute video on the threat the fish pose to the Great Lakes. Spoiler alert: it’s adorable.
Donate to our fundraiser to help get water turned back on for Flint residents.