September 6, 2011
The Time is Now
The passion echoed back from the start: The people and leaders of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence watersheds know it is time and want to do what they can as stewards of a vast natural resource that somehow defines who they are.
SOM’s “Great Lakes Century Vision” was one spark among many that has inflamed the environmental love of 15,000 jurisdictions, tribes, cities and two nations joined – not separated – by their shared 11,000-mile fresh-water shoreline.
A spontaneous momentum is building to look beyond borders at this Europe-sized region as one holistic environment, linked together by our transportation networks, common economy, and, yes, the ongoing damage of industrial, agricultural, urban, shipping and utility sectors that must be turned around together.
Maybe it can be done in less than 100 years. But certainly within 100 years, the basin can be turned into the world’s healthiest and most harmonious nature-human ecosystem on the planet.
We put our toes in the water and felt the earth move. Jump in. The water is great.
What do you have to say for yourself?