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The people of the Great Lakes are starting to see what the future can be…

On the Blue Planet, it looks as if only a drop of that blue  is fresh surface water.

Most of that is temporarily locked up in glaciers and the polar ice caps.

The earth’s largest reservoir of fresh water is fresh indeed by geological standards. North America’s Great Lakes are only about 14,000 years old.

 The question is: Can they be made to last forever?

Based on how European settlers have treated them during the past 200 years, their prospects are not good.

But something is happening.  Read more…

January 30, 2012   1 Comment

Only New Economics Can Save the Great Lakes

This was a guest opinion piece by Jim Nies in The Ashland Current on December 31, 2011. We agree with his assessment: “The best hope is for emphatic, insistent, informed public involvement in issues involving the Great Lakes.” And we hope everyone with a stake in the future of this region will join us – let’s make it happen.

Only New Economics Can Save the Great Lakes

“There is a substantial and growing consensus that planet Earth is in trouble and that the prevalent economic model, which has brought us to the point of crisis, will not be the solution to the crisis. Continued dumb growth, resource exploitation, and environmental degradation, do not provide a sustainable way forward. Although the current system is entrenched, and will resist change, change is the only real option.”

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January 19, 2012   Comments Off

National Ocean Council Releases Draft Stewardship Plan

Last week, the National Ocean Council released a draft version of its plan to address oceanic, coastal, and Great Lakes issues across the United States. This is a major milestone in the fight to protect our nation’s water resources and ensure that the ecosystems, populations, and economies they support are kept healthy and productive for future generations. And we are happy to see the Great Lakes included in the national dialogue about the health of our coastal areas.

This draft plan is the outcome of an Executive Order (EO13547) issued in 2010 by President Obama that, among other things, established a National Ocean Council and called for the development of regional coastal and marine spatial plans. The “National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes” will serve as the guiding document for this new National Ocean Policy. It is open for public commentary until February 26.

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January 18, 2012   2 Comments