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WMEAC Hosts Women And The Environment Event

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Mariano Avila
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WGVU

Contending with inclement weather and even some key cancellations, West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s Women And The Environment Conference brought dozens of people to GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

“I became passionate about this because of my children being hurt, my family being hurt, and finding out that an entire community was being hurt. And we were being silenced in the process. I’m just a mom. I’m just a mom who got involved and taught herself a lot of things.”

That’s LeeAnne Walters, who spoke about her work mobilizing the Flint community around the water crisis. Her current focus is advocating against the recommendations that the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee has made for the EPA.

“All the recommendations that they’re making, if they are adopted and put into effect, we might as well tell people you’re on your own, there are no laws to protect you from lead and copper in your water. Drink it at your own risk.”

The event was designed to discuss the leadership of women in environmental movements and had a focus on building diverse coalitions.   

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