League Partners with WSU on Wright Vote

Wright State University's Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement is partnering with the Greater Dayton League and the WSU Division of Student Affairs in a project designed to educate students about the political process. The Wright Vote project aims to harness the enthusiasm created by WSU's hosting of the first general election presidential debate on 26 September. Between now and then there will be candidate forums, panel discussions, issues research, a film screening and a campus appearance by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. League Executive Director Sue Hesselgesser observed that working with college students can be invigorating because they are usually not old enough to have become skeptical of the political process. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved.

Climate Change, Water, and Energy

Long before the media went into overdrive following the city water crisis in Flint, Michigan (where "saving money" compromised the water system and endangered the health of the community), the Dayton Council on World Affairs had already planned to focus its 2016 annual meeting around "The Geopolitics of Water." They invited Dr. Phillip L. Hayden, an environmental, health & safety engineer with over 40 years of experience, to speak to them on "Climate Change, Water and Energy." Look for a summary article in the March VOTER, and read the slides from Dr. Hayden's presentation (2.7 MB) for more information.

The Neonicotinoids and the Bees

We have all become aware of the tragic loss of bees and other pollinators which endangers our food supply. and other flowering plants. Scientists have been zeroing in on a group of chemicals called neonicotinoids (nicotine-like chemicals) as a major part of the problem. This Minnestota League of Women Voter's study of the issue focuses on the dangers that the neonicotinoids pose to the pollinators. It also contains useful information on how we as individuals can help.