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FLOW Event: "Great Lakes for Sale," an Exclusive Conversation with Author Dave Dempsey on Newly Updated Book
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"

Dec 8, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dave Dempsey
Senior Policy Advisor @FLOW (For Love of Water)
Dave Dempsey has 35 years' experience in environmental policy. He served as environmental advisor to former Michigan Governor James Blanchard and as policy advisor on the staff of the International Joint Commission. He has also provided policy support to the Michigan Environmental Council and Clean Water Action. He has authored several books on the Great Lakes and water protection. Dave has a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in environmental policy and law from Michigan State University. He has served as an adjunct instructor in environmental policy at both universities.
Sally Cole-Misch
Author, The Best Part of Us @President, Creative By Design
Sally Cole-Misch is a writer, author and environmental communicator who advocates for the natural world through work and play. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in environmental education and international water policy from the University of Michigan. Throughout her career, she's communicated about our essential connections with nature, how our lifestyles impact the planet we live on, and the role we can play to restore and protect our water, land and air.
Liz Kirkwood
Executive Director @FLOW (For Love of Water)
As Executive Director, Liz Kirkwood oversees FLOW’s programs, staff, and administration for FLOW, the Great Lakes Law and policy center in Traverse City. Ms. Kirkwood is an environmental lawyer with eighteen years of experience working on water, sanitation, energy, and environmental governance issues both nationally and internationally. She graduated from Williams College with a degree in Environmental Studies and History, and received her J.D. and Environmental Certificate from Lewis & Clark Law School.