The Great Lakes are the lifeblood of the people of the Great Lakes region. So vast they can be seen by an astronaut on the moon, they have dominated the landscape for 12,000 years, seemingly unaltered by time. Now, however, global climate change poses a significant threat to the environment, the natural resources, the economies, and the human welfare of the Great Lakes and the lands surrounding them. Fortunately, we have the knowledge and resources to address this problem. There are simple, practical solutions to global warming and its effects in the Great Lakes region. Through our own diligence and effort we can work to minimize the impact of the growing human population on this vital and irreplaceable environment.
Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region is a clear message to the public and policymakers that now is the time to take aggressive actions to reduce our heat-trapping gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Individuals, industry, and governments can take steps today—before our window of opportunity closes. Community leaders and citizens from Duluth to Detroit to Toronto should join in the effort right away.
The following pages will outline the series of actions we can take to alleviate the worst global warming impacts. Managing our Response focuses on efforts that can be taken to minimize and adjust to climate change impacts; Reducing our Emissions outlines ways to reduce or eliminate human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases; and, Ten Personal Solutions lists steps you and your family can take to help in this worldwide effort.
After you have taken the time to learn about the many threats posed by global climate change to the Great Lakes region as well as the simple and practical solutions, please take a moment to tell policymakers the importance of immediate action on this issue. This is another important step in the effort to confront global climate change.
Solar panels -- National Renewable Energy Lab.