James Ehlers and Juliana Dixon have come to present at Rutland High School's annual Global Issues Network conference every year for the last four years. They are both knowledgable and passionate, and are able to communicate their knowledge and passion to students. Their presentations have consistently been among those with the highest attendance and have been well-reviewed by students and adults who have attended. We look forward to working with them again in the future.
Juliana Dixon came to my school this spring to talk about Lake Champlain and water quality. She spoke to 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders. It was a great experience for us. It tied into our studies on ecosystem interdependence and really gave students some ideas to think about. Juliana herself was engaging with the students and had a presentation that kept them interested with hands-on activities to really bring to live the ideas she was presenting about run-off. She also struck a perfect balance between doom and gloom and what kids and their families can do. My students left the class cautiously optimistic, knowing that Lake Champlain is facing some major health challenges, and that some of them are due to actions that are specific to their own families or communities. I look forward to building on the discussion this presentation started at our school.
I love fishing the Lci! It gives me time to get out there with the family and catch fish. Here's one we entered last year.
LCI's mission is crucial for the state and the region: To protect our lake and our water. Without clean water nothing else is possible. LCI does a great job.
A huge part of why we live in Burlington is because of the lake....we play in and on it all summer long, and gaze at it longingly in the winter. We've been looking for an organization who we feel is really working hard to clean up Lake Champlain and try to preserve it for future generations. We think we've found it with LCI.
LCI is a great organization. I've been lucky enough to work with them as a student intern and it has been a very rewarding experience getting to meet so many wonderful people and do our part to help protect the lake!
Some of my greatest childhood meomories come from this beautiful place. Can't wait to make some with my kids.
Years ago, my three-year-old son stood for the first time on the shoreline of Lake Champlain and informed us all that "this is an ocean". His older sister immediately corrected him, explained that, no,this was a lake,, "the largest lake" she said "in the entire world".
Standing nearby was a young guy in cargo jeans who walked over to us and began chatting with my kids. He started talking about the Lake, about what was special about it, about how important it was for all of us. They asked some questions and I was amazed, both at this knowledge and his patience with my kids. He told them that he worked with some people who were trying to make Lake Champlain even better, even cleaner, even more fun for everyone. His name, he told us, was James.
And so now, all these years later, I see a photograph taken a week ago...it’s this very same fellow, James Ethlers, and he is sitting in Senator Bernie Sanders Office. They are talking about clean water... and another photo from a few hours later, James talking with Senator Pat Leahy. About clean water.
In fact, now that we have found him again, we see that he is everywhere working for an organization called Lake Champlain International...and doing what he did for my kids so many years ago..telling them about how to make Lake Champlain even better, even cleaner, even more fun for everyone. He is, I learn, the Executive Director for LCI. He is at the Statehouse, at elementary schools, busy providing articles for newspapers, talking on his radio program, defending clean water on social media, rallying, demonstrating. And working with staff to produce media of all types for the rest of us to use. Wed site and Facebook Page, gather Twitter followers, and on and on and on.
Oh, and he has many followers, this fellow James Ethlers. And many converts. One of his first converts, I happen to know, used to think that Lake Champlain was an ocean. But now, as a student at Saint Michael’s College, studying the Environmental Science, he knows better.
Imagine that...a young guy talks on a lakeshore with a couple of little kids...and something incredible happens.
As a grassroots organizer for a national conservation group, I appreciate the collaboration with the Lake Champlain International community. Their outreach with the sportsmen community is a key asset in our campaigns to protect natural resources. Furthermore, their bold advocacy efforts are essential ingredients countering the attack on environmental policy.