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Originally published in Compass, June 13, 2013
MERI lecture series returns

The Marine Environment Research Institute Lecture Series “Oceans Matter: Conservation Conversations About Issues and Solutions” returns this summer with a new format, new time and lineup of experts from Institute partnering organizations whose talks highlight the Institute’s primary research interests, according to a news release.

Oil spills and dispersants, plastics and micro-plastics in the marine environment, the state of the planet’s oceans and the toxic contaminants that threaten wildlife and human health are the Institute’s defined priorities as it confronts what founder and president, Susan Shaw calls “oceans in crisis and worsening faster than we ever imagined.”

The first presentation on Wednesday, June 26, will feature Mike Belliveau, executive director at the Environmental Health Strategy Center and nationally recognized public policy expert on environmental health, toxic substances, pollution prevention, and green chemistry. Through his leadership of the Strategy Center, the state of Maine has set the national pace for protecting human health from unnecessary dangerous chemicals. Belliveau co-founded the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, which led the campaign that passed a landmark state law that requires safer chemicals in everyday products. He is also a co-founder and policy coordinator of SAFER, the State Alliance for Federal Reform, a multi-state coalition working to overhaul chemical policy throughout the United States. Belliveau’s talk is titled Flame Retardants: Who’s At Risk? All lectures are free and open to the public and include a discussion period. Please arrive by 5:30 p.m. to guarantee a seat.