Tag: Public Trust

June 26 – Traverse City: Book Reading and Signing by Wenonah Hauter, Author, FOODOPOLY

Author and Food and Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter is coming to Traverse City to do a book signing and reading event for her new book, Foodopoly, sponsored by FLOW. Join us at Horizon Books for an interesting and educational event.

“In Foodopoly, Hauter takes aim at the real culprit: the control of food production by a handful of large corporations—backed by political clout—that prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store.”
See more at foodopoly.org

Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Horizon Books Shine Cafe
The Shine Cafe is located in the basement of Horizon Books, 243 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684 MAP
Tickets: FREE admission to the event, FREE snacks, donations to FLOW are welcome

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July 7 – Water as Commons: Saving the Great Lakes in the 21st Century

FLOW President and Chair, Jim Olson, will speak about the problems facing our Great Lakes Basin – climate change, extreme water levels, dead zones, nuclear and sands oil shipments, to name a few – at 10:30 am on Sunday, July 7 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Center Road in Traverse City. MAP

His presentation will address the threats to our waters within the framework of our larger ecological challenges – including energy and food.   The best way to address these threats, he says, is to see water and related issues as a commons and to apply public trust principles to come up with solutions in this century.

July 20 – Summertime Soiree: Frankfort Fundraiser Event at Betsie Bay Furniture

Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: Betsie Bay Furniture Store
311 Main Street, Frankfort, MI 49635 MAP
Tickets: The event is FREE and we are asking for donations to raise money for FLOW programs and operations

We invite you to join us for an evening of music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a brief presentation about our work at FLOW. Admission is free; this even is a fundraiser to support FLOW’s work for the Great Lakes. We look forward to seeing you there.

Including musical performances by Cris Campbell and Jimmy Olson, Mike Delp, and Becky Somsel.

Many thanks to our generous event hosts at Betsie Bay Furniture.

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You’re invited! Join FLOW at Betsie Bay Furniture on July 20 from 6 to 8 pm for free drinks and hors d’oeuvres and musical performances by Cris Campbell and Jimmy Olson, and Becky Somsel. This is a free event but donations are accepted to contribute to FLOW’s programs and operations.

August 17 – Annual Meeting and Great Lakes Society Celebration

Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 12 – 3 pm
Location: The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland St Traverse City, MI map
Tickets: FREE Admission. Food and Beverages not included. Please RSVP here

FLOW is hosting its first Great Lakes Society Annual Celebration at The Workshop Brewing Company. We welcome community members and guests of all ages to join in the celebration and learn about FLOW’s programs and the Great Lakes Society.

Great Lakes Society members share a common purpose: to protect the common waters of the Great Lakes Basin. The Society’s members provide vital funding to FLOW with a four-year pledge of support. FLOW will present two Beacon Awards to acknowledge those supporters who have shown tremendous passion and dedication to protecting the Great Lakes.

This free program includes performances by several talented local musicians, including pianist Jimmy Olson and vintage swing duo The True Falsettos.

FLOW would like to thank our generous co-sponsors Oryana Natural Foods Market and Food for Thought for their support. A special thanks to our hosts, The Workshop Brewing Company.

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For more, read the press release

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Grand Traverse Insider: Talk to discuss recent fracking developments

Click here to read the article on Grand Traverse Insider

Contributing Writer

LEELANAU – Liz Kirkwood, executive director of FLOW, will talk about the recent developments in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Michigan at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Leelanau School.

FLOW is a Great Lakes water law and policy center dedicated to empowering decision-makers and citizens with legal strategies to protect the region’s common waters.

The Jan. 14 event is sponsored by the Leelanau Independent Women for Democratic Action (LIWdA) and is free and open to the public.

The presentation will provide an overview of the process of high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and recent fracking developments in the state of Michigan. In addition, it will discuss legal strategies that local communities are implementing with FLOW and others to regulate ancillary fracking activities and protect air, water and land resources.

For more information about the presentation, call 231-642-1391.

February 11 – Presentation: ISEA Seminar Series ‘Current Threats to the Great Lakes’

Date: February 2, 2014

Time: 7 pm

Location: ISEA Education Center, 100 Dame St, Suttons Bay, MI 49682

Tickets: FREE. Public invited. No tickets and no RSVP necessary.

Hosted by the Inland Seas Education Association

This monthly Great Lakes seminar series includes presentations about environmental issues important to the Grand Traverse Bay Region. Jim Olson, founder and chair of FLOW ( For the Love of Water), will speak about current issues threatening the Great Lakes. Jim’s presentation will include invasive species, diversions and exports, privatization and commodification, water levels and wetland destruction.

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March 18 – Webinar on Commons and Public Trust Solutions for the Great Lakes: Discussion with FLOW’s Jim Olson and Council of Canadians’ Maude Barlow

Date: March 18

Time: 12pm – 1pm EST

Location: Online webinar, details TBA

Tickets: Space is limited! Contact elui@canadians.org to register.

Check this Facebook Event link for more up-to-date information

Or check out more info at the Council of Canadians’ site here

Join Alexa Bradley (Program Director for On the Commons), Sue Chiblow (Environmental Consultant for the Mississauga First Nation) and Jim Olson (Founder and Chair of FLOW) for an interactive discussion on creating a bold new vision for the Great Lakes. Moderated by Emma Lui (Water Campaigner for the Council of Canadians).

This is the first in the series of webinars. The theme is “Framing the discussion: How commons and public trust principles can help protect the Great Lakes”

What would happen if water was managed based on principles and practices that empower communities to become stewards and what if decision making was local and collective? These principles inform a commons and public trust approach that water must be carefully managed and protected while prioritizing the basic needs of communities, the rights of indigenous peoples and the sustainability of the land. The lens of the commons can act as a political framework for many Great Lakes issues including extreme energy projects, bottled water extraction, invasive species and pollution.

May 21 – Alma, MI: Presentation on Water, Public Trust, and the Future of Our Great Lakes Commons

Date: May 21

Time: 4 – 5:30 pm

Location: Swanson Academic Center Room 113, Alma College Campus, Alma, MI (map)

Tickets: Event is FREE and open to the public.

This forum is hosted by the COM 253 Environmental Communication Spring Term 2014 class at Alma College.

Join this special discussion with: FLOW staff Jim Olson, Liz Kirkwood, Allison Voglesong, and special guest, poet and Interlochen Academy instructor Mike Delp.

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