WHC Lecture: Water Justice
Water Justice or Water Just for Us? A Local Resource with Global Implications
—Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
In the Great Lakes region, we are the stewards of 20% of the world’s surface freshwater supply. What does this mean in the context of growing worldwide demand for freshwater and a changing global climate? How are we managing the challenges of climate change here in Cook County, and 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 these challenges, and what responsibilities do we have as citizens and consumers? What threats do the Great Lakes and the Chicago area waterways face, and how can we manage these threats? What is “water equity” and how do we balance considerations of equity and justice with other pressing demands? Finally, what does it mean to “think big” about water?
About the Speaker
Debra Shore was elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2006, and was re-elected in 2012 and 2018. A strong advocate for resource recovery and cleaning up the Chicago waterways, she received the Public Officials Award from the Water Environment Federation in 2013. Debra lives with her partner-in-life, Kathleen Gillespie, in Skokie, Illinois. She has climbed 42 of Colorado’s 54 mountains more than 14,000’ high.