Protect Great Lakes as Commons, says Council of Canadians
Canada: The Council of Canadians wants the Canadian government to protect the Great Lakes Basin as:
They outline the hows and whys in a new report:
The report is a call to designate the Great Lakes and its tributary waters as a lived Commons: to be shared, protected, managed and enjoyed by all who live around them.
"The Great Lakes crisis is part of the global crisis, in which we are quickly running out of fresh water," said Maude Barlow from CC. "It's not a closed hydrological cycle like we were taught. We are losing clean water through irrigation, bottled water, virtual water trade and more."
"Scientists say that the Great Lakes could be
bone dry in 80 years,"
Barlow added. "The
World Bank says that water demand is outstripping supply by 40%,
producing great suffering."
The Council of Canadians is calling on Canada's government for more funding and resources to do so.
"It's time for the [Canadian] federal government to step up their
commitment to restoring the Great Lakes," says Emma Lui. "The
Obama administration had originally
proposed $475 million for Great
Lakes clean up, even the
Republican party supported $225 million
for the Restoration Initiative. In the last budget, the
[Canadian] Harper Government allocated a mere
$8 million to protect the
Great Lakes. The federal
government needs to increase funding significantly in order to
protect the Great Lakes as a commons, public trust and protected
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