Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and The Nature Conservancy announce a first-of-its-kind television and Web special, designed to convene a discussion on the solutions to the threats posed by dangerous invasive species in the Great Lakes.
“Great Lakes Now Connect: Invasive Species” will bring together leading experts from across the Great Lakes region on January 15, 2013 from 10 a.m. to Noon, Eastern Time. The event will be broadcast on television in Southeast Michigan and be available live on the Web at Great Lakes Now, where it will also be archived for “on demand” viewing.
Live television coverage in Southeastern Michigan will be available on over-air Channel 56.2, Comcast Channel 287, Bright House Channel 155 or Charter Channel 432. Additionally the special will be available at no cost via a Web embed code, to any public or commercial news organization in North America, to make the conversation as accessible as possible.
The special will feature two panel discussions, hosted by veteran journalist Christy McDonald. They are scheduled to include:
Panel #1: They’re Here! (and it’s more than just Carp!)
Dr. Patrick Doran, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, Moderator
• Paul Pacholski, President, Ohio-Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
• Peter Annin, Director, Environmental Change Initiative, Notre Dame
• Kathryn Buckner, President, Council of Great Lakes Industries
• Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee
Panel #2: The Search for Solutions
Lindsay Chatterton, Director, Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species, The Nature Conservancy, Moderator
• Phil Moy, Assistant Director for Research and Outreach, Wisconsin Sea Grant
• Dr. Hugh MacIsaac, Director of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network
• Matt Doss, Policy Director, Great Lakes Commission
• Dr. Marc Gaden, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
“After our coverage of the international Great Lakes Week conferences in 2011 and 2012 was viewed by tens of thousands of citizens on TV and online, we felt a responsibility to continue the conversation toward solving issues involving the Great Lakes” said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. “We want the power of media to bring together the leading voices to begin a discussion about solutions.”
“We’ve long known in the conservation community that aquatic invasive species cause a significant disruption to species in the food chain, but it’s not well-known to the general public, despite the costs and chaos it causes all of us,” said Dr. Patrick Doran, The Nature Conservancy’s director of conservation in Michigan. “This is not just an environmental problem, it’s an economic one, too. A broadcast like this will help explain the issue and the potential solutions to a wide audience.”
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.