- Chuck Leavell: Growing A Better America: Smart, Strong and Sustainable
"We're experiencing phenomenal growth in America, but as we go forward is that growth going to be rapid, rampant, and reckless or can it be smart, strong, and sustainable?"
- Michigan man translates environmental research for public via YouTube
Dozens of leading scientists advise Sinclair, he says, and have began inviting him to join their international research and data-gathering explorations. "They know that they're challenged by communication," he says, "and they know that's a skillset that just a lot of them don't have."
- Pure Michigan Focuses on Conservation, not Preservation
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, she says, the MUCC unites citizens to conserve, protect and enhance our natural resources through communication, education and advocacy. "We really want to protect peoples' rights to hunt and trap, we want to engage people," McDonough says, "and we want to help people foster a stewardship ethic."
- WMEAC and Grand Valley to Recognize Outstanding Women Environmentalists
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and Grand Valley State University are presenting the second annual Women & Environment Symposium on Friday, Feb. 15 at the L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
- Impressive Local Conservancy Helps Ensure Chippewa Riverís Future Well-Being
The CWC has developed an excellent interactive, web-based map of the Chippewa River, from Barryton to Midland. Also available in hard copy, the digital map provides, at the click of your mouse, clear and succinct information on a number of recreational venues along the river.
John Hartig's "Burning Rivers" highlights triumph over tragedy
- John Hartig talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
By: Kirk Heinze
With all the current global unrest and budget-slashing malaise at home, it is not only refreshing, but even therapeutic to come across a tale of monumental good.
I recently interviewed the author of a compelling new book, Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban-Industrial Rivers that Caught on Fire.
He is Dr. John Hartig, who, in addition to writing, serves as the Refuge Manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. John has dedicated most of his life to water ecosystems preservation, and he is an optimist. He believes in the power of people to affect change, and his story about the destinies of the Rouge, Cuyahoga, Buffalo and Chicago rivers since they each burst into flames is clearly one of triumph over tragedy. It is the story of how everyday people, working alone or in concert with others, can move legal, political and bureaucratic mountains to do what is good and right for all of us.
John indicated that one of the great and unexpected rewards that came from researching and writing the book was learning about the unlikely “heroes” who were responsible for stemming the tide of environmental degradation and mobilizing the forces that would eventually begin restoring these four, urban-industrial rivers to health. Ultimately, Burning Rivers is a story of hope fulfilled, and we can all use a good dose of that.
Please click on the arrow above to hear my February 27 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Hartig and join me Sunday evenings at 9 for Greening of the Great Lakes on News/Talk 760 WJR. Please like us on Facebook, too, and follow us on Twitter.