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Water Justice, or Water Just for Us?

Join the Chicago Ethical Humanist Circle and their guest, Debra Shore, Commissioner for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), for a free evening conversation at the Evanston Public Library.  Description below:

In the Great Lakes region, we are the stewards of 20% of the world’s surface fresh water supply. We will explore what this means in the context of a growing worldwide demand for fresh water in our changing global climate, and look at how we are managing the challenges of climate change here in Cook County.

Some of the big questions: What do we need to do to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead? What is the role of government – local, state, and federal -- in preparing for them and what responsibilities do we have as citizens and consumers? What are the threats that face the Great Lakes and the Chicago area waterways, and how can we manage these threats? We will consider what constitutes “water equity and justice” and ways we might balance them with other pressing demands. We will learn what it means to “think big” about water.

This FREE and important event is being sponsored by the Chicago Ethical Humanist Circle. Please direct any questions to Ken Novak 847-414-4314,

DEBRA SHORE has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago since first elected in 2006. She has distinguished herself as a strong advocate for cleaning up the Chicago waterways and for water resource recovery, including the reuse of treated water and the generation of bio-gas. In recognition of her work, she received the Public Officials Award from the Water Environment Federation in 2013.

Debra has served as president of several boards, including the Great Lakes Protection Fund, as well as the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership. She was the founding editor of Chicago Wilderness Magazine, and a founding board member of Friends of the Forest Preserves.

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