I have been a busy beaver on the writing front though. Last year a couple months after the last post we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for an educational video about Lake Ontario based on my latest book
Saving The Beautiful Lake.
The campaign was a success and we spent a fair amount of the spring summer and fall doing video for the project. The script is now about finished. If anyone reading this wants to learn more Google "Kickstarter Lake Ontario".
The book is currently listed for sale at my on line store or can be ordered by e mailing me. The store is at www.chimneybluff.com
here's a bit from my press release
Gateley was moved to write the 276 page book after she read a news article in 2013 that described Ontario as the most polluted and impaired of all the Great Lakes. She set sail that summer with two others aboard an elderly yacht to circumnavigate the lake in search of how it became so stressed.
“I've sailed the lake for over forty years. It's incredible. We have eagles and ospreys and a world class fishery. This is an amazing place. But we also have two radioactive waste dumps, more than a dozen operating nuclear reactors, and the most polluted harbor in Canada on Lake Ontario that need to be contained and cleaned up.”
Saving The Beautiful Lake includes information on the threats of invasive species, legacy pollution, the impacts of energy extraction and use, and health issues associated with plastics and chemicals that disrupt hormone function in animals and people. She says, “We have made progress and we can still fix the worst problems. Nature is resilient, but there are limits. I think we must act soon and I believe a new relationship with our water is the only way it will happen.”
The book also describes that new relationship and the work of grassroots groups throughout the Great Lakes basin who are now working to implement it by reviving the ancient enduring wisdom of the commons, a management plan for sustainable water resource management.
“Our ancestors knew that water is a priceless gift that we must be grateful for. It should not ever be a mere commodity to make money off of. It is the responsibility of all of us to pass that gift on unimpaired to future generations.”