Time Magazine just released its list of the world’s most influential individuals of 2010.
From pioneers to pop stars and politicians, the Time 100 claims to be a testament to the power of people.
Several honorees have a direct impact on the Great Lakes region.
United States President Barack Obama’s receptivity and “ability to coordinate wildly varying political interests” earned him a spot in the leader category. Time has listed the former junior senator from Illinois five times.
But it’s not just the president’s home state that gives him regional cred. Obama approved $475 million for Great Lakes cleanup last September. Here’s what the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative means for the region.
Time likened the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s reputation to a “political wind sock.” But the magazine said that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson made the list for resisting the currents and attempting to restore the public faith in the agency.
Jackson may have a misperception about the size of the Great Lakes. But she is deeply involved in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and for good reason. Last year, Jackson told the Great Lakes Commission that the region drives national water policy.
Will Allen proves you can grow food just about anywhere, including Wisconsin’s largest city.
Time’s 62-year-old “hero” started Growing Power Inc. to give urban dwellers a chance at healthy, affordable food.
Allen operates a 20-acre community food center in Milwaukee and helps urban communities throughout the region set up similar projects.
Check out Echo’s story on this atypical farmer.
Time also judged this year’s influential people on their social networking popularity using a mathematical formula based on Facebook and Twitter followers. Obama had the highest social-networking score, but was nearly eclipsed by Lady Gaga.
Here’s the Time 100 list again. Who else is important to the Great Lakes?
Better yet, did Time miss someone with Great Lakes ties who should have been on it? Should the magazine have included Lynn Henning, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for exposing pollution from Michigan livestock farms?
Or how about any of the Friday Five recently profiled on Great Lakes Echo?