A Bi-national Celebration
MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN: The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and Land Conservancy is celebrating their 20th Anniversary! The SWP is honored to welcome keynote speaker Dr. David Suzuki; Canada's leading environmental educator, television host and author! Dr. Suzuki's talk is titled; "Setting the Bottom Line in the Anthropocene." Climate activist and author Bill McKibben will also provide a short video-greeting for the event.
Join the SWP on November 7th for a special night of inspiration, artwork, local food and music celebrating the real work of building more resilient northern communities, accelerating climate adaptation and protecting the Great Lakes!
In addition to recognizing many local, regional and tribal partners, the event also acknowledges Canadian colleagues and the crucial role of binational collaboration in protecting Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes! Over the last two decades the SWP has grown from one employee working on one watershed (the Chocolay River) to a regional organization that works with communities on three Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan and Huron)! While the SWP is proud to be a truly "local" non-profit organization, its service area has expanded beyond the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to include special projects in lower Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada! Learn more about why the SWP has been called "One of the most dynamic organizations working on Great Lakes issues today!"
The SWP and project partners will recognize success stories such as lands protected, habitat restored and cleaner stormwater entering the Great Lakes. Other SWP programs to be highlighted include low income solar, K-12 Great Lakes education and the Great Lakes Conservation Corps. The SWP will also acknowledge the challenges ahead including climate impacts, more severe storms and the recent news that Lake Superior is one of the fastest warming lakes on the planet!
The evening starts at the Marquette Regional History Museum with an opening reception that includes locally sourced appetizers, regional wine and local beers. Jazz will be provided by Dave Ziegner and Company, followed by the keynote address by Dr. Suzuki. A book-signing will follow his talk. Guests can also view Great Lakes artwork by local artist Stella Larkin and listen to Superior-inspired music by singer-songwriter Jerry Mills! The evening continues across the street at the Ore Dock Brewing Company with the Canadian band Greenbank from Thunder Bay, Ontario (Greenbank has opened for REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Chicago). Opening for Greenbank will be local legends Jim and Ray! Tickets for the History Museum Event are $25, and there will be a $5 cover charge at the Ore Dock.