Health, Science and Environment

At its heart, "Our Planet," the new eight-part nature series on Netflix, is a celebration of the remarkable biodiversity of life on Earth — and a warning that humanity must act to save it or risk destabilizing the Earth we depend on.

Each of the eight episodes, which are narrated by Sir David Attenborough, explores a different ecosystem and explains the interconnectedness of life in that place. And each ecosystem, from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforests, inspires awe and demands action. 

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A lot of people dream of buying a house on the water, and the Great Lakes state offers more opportunities than most others.  Michigan’s lakes and streams not only created the state, but they also create a strong sense of place for people who visit and live here.

But the peace that the water gives can also be taken away.  Waterside communities often face a serious housing shortages. Second homes and vacation rentals are claiming space, meaning even well paid workers can’t find a place to live.  

Shawn Hoskey

WCMU Public Media conducted this community conversation on the Great Lakes on March 19, 2019, to hear thoughts from residents in northern Michigan  about our waterways. The event was recorded live at the Petoskey District Library, and  served as the basis for a WCMU Public Radio special, which you can listen to here.

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