Our first grant!

It’s been an honour, privilege, and a whole lot of fun getting to know the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper – and now SwimDrinkFish Canada – team over the past year. We’re looking forward to many more years helping them fight for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters in #OurGreatLakes. Our inaugural grant this year, of $653, is going to help them continue their vital work, making our waters safe for generations of swimmers, paddlers, surfers, divers, anglers – anyone and everyone who can find inspiration in the lakes for adventures great and small!  #GLOWswimming  #SwimDrinkFish

Micro-grants against corporate juggernauts?

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Rachel Aviv‘s story of Tyrone Hayes facing off against the corrupt, cynical actions of corporate juggernaut Syngenta, makes me as furious today as it did when it first appeared in the New Yorker in 2014, maybe even more so.

A core mission of the Great Lakes Trust is making it more difficult for powerful interests to abuse the public trust in this way.

We will fund more transparent, inclusive, and participatory science: projects and partnerships to collect and study evidence from diverse sources, for the public good, without depending on partisan corporate and political interests.

Examples? Check out Lake Ontario Waterkeeper‘s Swim Guide for one way that committed advocates have democratized knowledge and empowered citizens.

Another? Look at the Bay Area Restoration Council‘s citizen science and education outreach initiatives.

Small but vital steps.