The Great Lakes are home to 20 percent of the planet’s surface freshwater. The region is a global agricultural powerhouse. And the lakes support $25 billion in shipping commerce and a $7 billion fishing industry. But more intense rainfall, warming temperatures, and invasive species are taking a toll, all in different ways for each of the lakes.
The Pulitzer Center education staff invites students and educators to join us on Wednesday, September 16 from 4:00-5:00 pm CT for a webinar with reporter Tony Briscoe to examine the profound impact of climate change on the Great Lakes region. The webinar will include a presentation led by Briscoe examining his reporting “Great Lakes, High Stakes.” Then we’ll review instructional materials designed to help students explore the effects of climate change on the identities, homes, and livelihoods of communities living in the Great Lakes region and brainstorm actionable solutions to advocate for the environment.
Briscoe’s presentation will contextualize climate change’s evolving narrative with a comprehensive, local lens. His presentation will explore the impact of ecological threats on agriculture, wildlife, water sanitation, the fishing industry, coastal cities, and cultural identity.
Tony Briscoe is an environmental reporter with The Chicago Tribune who has written extensively about issues facing the Great Lakes and the impacts of climate change in the Midwest. Since joining the Tribune in 2014, Briscoe has delved into a broad range of issues, including the complexity of plastics pollution within the planet’s largest system of freshwater and the dangers posed by wave phenomena known as meteotsunamis. In 2018, he was selected to participate in the Metcalf Institute’s 20th annual science immersion fellowship for journalists at the University of Rhode Island. A graduate of Michigan State University, Briscoe began his career as a breaking news reporter at his hometown newspaper The Detroit News.