April 8, 2011
Karl Schiefer, a consulting Aquatic Biologist, gave this presentation "Great Lakes Ecosystems: Do We Value Them?" at our Port Huron event. Schiefer gives a brief history of human uses and impacts on the Great Lakes with a focus on Huron/Georgian Bay. Schiefer says our European value system (an anthorpocentric world-view with an emphasis on advanced technology) dominates our management of the Great Lakes. This has a huge impact on the environment as compared to the First Nations that coexisted with the resource for millenium without depleting it. Schiefer calls on us to rethink our proposed solutions to Great Lakes problems: "We have this incredible faith that our technology, which created almost all the problems that I outlined, can itself be the solution to those problems."