“Protecting Our Water in a Changing Climate” will be the topic at the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s Sept. 2 program, scheduled for 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water St., Ephraim. Kimberlee Wright, executive director of Midwest Environmental Advocates, is the speaker. The program is free and open to the public.
Wright will discuss the growing gap between increasingly urgent climate-related environmental problems and lagging public policies. Concentrated animal feeding operations’ manure lagoons are not currently designed for more severe weather, for instance; the frac sand industry has already experienced massive storm-caused breaches from its holding ponds, including one that swept a house away. These and other examples illustrate the need to update policies as severe weather events pose even greater threats.
Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) is a nonprofit environmental law center working for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. Wright received a law degree and a Bachelor of Science in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She was director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy and, before joining MEA, managed the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program for land trusts working in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to protect critical habitat and natural areas.
The Climate Change Coalition of Door County seeks to transcend partisanship and to voice the care we all have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s challenges and protect the Earth for future generations. For more information visit climatechangedoorcounty.com.