Today is World Water Day, and what better way to show our love of water than sending some love to the Great Lakes that help sustain us?
It probably comes as no surprise to us here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but the Great Lakes are one of the biggest water supplies in the world (they hold one fifth of the world’s fresh surface water supply!) and currently provide drinking water to over 42 million people. Yet each day, our Lakes are damaged economically and ecologically by untreated sewage, industrial pollutants, habitat loss and invasive species. Climate change will only make these problems worse. Unless we invest in a solution today, the price we pay tomorrow will be much higher and future generations may never experience the Lakes as we know them.
Fortunately, there are solutions to these problems. But we must act now.
Federal and state governments should implement the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy, a comprehensive plan to restore and protect the Great Lakes. By implementing this plan, we will increase the resiliency and functioning of the Great Lakes ecosystem, protecting our communities and our environment from the worst impacts of global warming. In addition, we will address many of the problems that affect our use and enjoyment of the Great Lakes.
Learn more about these issues and about what you can do to protect the Great Lakes by downloading our Activist Toolkit, which includes material on the Regional Collaboration and – Invasive Species, Coastal Health and Polluted Runoff, Toxic Pollution, Habitat Loss, Water Diversion.