Join FLOW at 6:00 p.m. ET on Weds., Dec. 8, 2021, for an exclusive conversation with author Dave Dempsey on "Great Lakes for Sale," his must-read book about attempts to privatize our public waters that he has just updated and re-released. Longtime Great Lakes advocate and author Sally Cole-Misch, will facilitate the hour-long evening conversation with Dempsey, who serves as FLOW Senior Policy Advisor. FLOW E.D. Liz Kirkwood will host.
The free online event will include insights, anecdotes, readings, book giveaways, and a question-and-answer session with attendees. Be sure to register today!
In "Great Lakes for Sale," Dave Dempsey offers surprising, even controversial, ideas on how to fight water commercialization, curb abuse of the Great Lakes Compact, and devise plans for limited sharing of the Great Lakes to forestall humanitarian disasters. If the Great Lakes are to remain great, new thinking and action will be required as global water crises are inflamed by climate change.
"Great Lakes for Sale" is a bold and timely response to nightmare scenarios that include this dark pronouncement: “Lake Michigan may be coming to Idaho.” That’s what an Idaho radio commentator said in June 2021. Holding approximately 20% of the world’s surface freshwater, the Great Lakes are once again a target for the drought-ridden West, which is facing climate change, massive fires, and shrinking water supplies. And in a potentially far bigger threat, Wall Street is creating markets that could lead to the trading of freshwaters as a commodity like corn or oil. The Great Lakes are in danger of becoming privately exploited on a large scale by those who have priorities other than stewardship.
Praise for the book: “The Great Lakes sustain us, and Dave Dempsey is our most important voice for their protection. In this important update to Great Lakes for Sale, Dempsey shows us why we need to prevent our public trust from being sold for profit.” —Nancy Langston, author of "Climate Ghosts"