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Nonprofit hosting Women, Community & the Environment Series
A local environmental group is planning a three-day event this week to educate the community about clean water issues.
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council, or WMEAC, will host the eighth-annual Women, Community & the Environment series this Thursday through Saturday at various Grand Rapids venues.
The series is designed to “include, inspire, activate and educate the community about local environmental issues.”
This year’s theme will be access to clean water in Michigan.
The series will begin on Thursday with a networking kickoff.
It will continue on Friday with a showing of “Thirst for Justice,” a documentary film following the lives of two women involved with the Flint water crisis and Standing Rock.
The agenda on Saturday includes several parts: an advocacy workshop; the annual Hidden Heroine awards; a keynote address from Michigan Sen. Stephanie Chang; and a reception co-hosted by WMEAC and the Progressive Women’s Alliance.
Chang is a long-time environmental advocate who has advocated for clean air and water in Michigan, according to WMEAC. She has “fought against legislation that would give tax breaks to large polluters and helped create legislation addressing Michigan’s water crisis.” She will be speaking on Michigan’s environmental challenges and solutions.
Tickets for the series are $35 for community members, $28 for WMEAC members and $10 for students. They are available on the WMEAC website and at the door of each venue.
Networking kickoff: Feb. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at The Loft at Luna, 64 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
“Thirst for Justice” film and panel discussion: Feb. 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Advocacy workshop, Hidden Heroine awards, keynote and reception: Feb. 23 from 1-5 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2500 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids