The Great Lakes, which contain about 21% of the world’s fresh surface water, are under threat from contamination, invasive species, habitat destruction, and more. We are now building support for a campaign to recognize and implement legal rights for the Great Lakes, with a focus on defining and achieving aquatic “health.”
Following in the footsteps of other rights-based movements, such as women’s suffrage and gay rights, comes a movement to recognize the rights of nature. Whereas our current legal system treats nature as property, a nature’s rights paradigm ensures basic rights for ecosystems and species.
We are hoping to reach our goal of raising $5,200 by December 31 towards our initiative to establish legal rights for the Great Lakes. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that our vibrant, freshwater ecosystems are protected. A law establishing rights for the Great Lakes would also allow citizens to serve as guardians of nature and enforce its inherent rights.
Thank you for choosing to become a guardian of nature by supporting our Great Lakes initiative. We are grateful to have your support.