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NEWS: Barlow speaking in Rochester tonight about the Great Lakes

The Democrat and Chronicle reports, “Maude Barlow, a noted activist and author from Canada who has campaigned to have access to clean water considered a global human right, will speak in Rochester Thursday evening. Barlow, who chairs Canada’s largest citizens group, has advised the United Nations on water rights and has received many honors over the years, will be keynote speaker at the Rochester regional Sierra Club’s 15th annual forum. Her talk, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Monroe Community College’s theater in Building 4, is titled Great Lakes Need Great Friends.”

The article adds, “Barlow also will be part of a panel discussion following her keynote speech, joining Roger Downs of the Sierra Club, David Klein of the Nature Conservancy and Jim Olson, a Michigan lawyer. Olson chairs FLOW, a Michigan non-profit working to better protect the Great Lakes by having them declared ‘commons’ to be held in trust by government for the benefit of the people. Olson, who has worked with Barlow on the issue, spoke at the Sierra Club forum last year. Thursday’s portion of the forum begins at 5:15 p.m. with networking and exhibits, also at MCC in Brighton. All of the Thursday events are free and open to the public.”

“The forum continues Friday at Rochester Institute of Technology with a discussion with Barlow and Olson followed by parallel workshops on using the commons approach to protect local waterways and on techniques for conserving water and otherwise protecting local waterways. The events will be held at the Henrietta university’s Louise Slaughter Hall (Building 78). The workshops run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are open to the public but cost $15, which pays for a boxed lunch. Students also are invited to a free ‘water steward leadership summit’ at noon in the same building.”

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