Ohio is a battleground state in the 2012 presidential election and some political pundits believe the Buckeye state could determine whether President Obama or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney occupies the White House for the next four years.
Here’s one way the candidates could curry favor with Ohio voters: Sign the Great Lakes Pledge.
The Great Lakes Pledge also provides an opportunity for everyone who cares about North America’s Freshwater Seas to get involved in the 2012 election.
The “Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Candidate Pledge” asks President Obama and Mitt Romney to support funding for the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and action to separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to protect U.S. waters from invasive species like the Asian carp. Read the full pledge at: http://bit.ly/2012GLpledge
Here’s how you can help: Grab a copy of our infographic that details the threats facing the Great Lakes and asks the presidential candidates to sign the pledge. Then send the infographic and the Great Lakes Pledge to your friends, relatives and the presidential candidate you support.
Regardless of who is our next president, we need to make sure he is committed to protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes are more than a scenic, priceless natural resource. The lakes are the world’s largest source of surface freshwater, provide drinking water for more than 30 million people, support a $7 billion fishery, a $16 billion recreational boating industry and are the foundation of one of the world’s largest regional economies.
Support for Great Lakes restoration activities by President George W. Bush and President Obama has helped the country make strides in healing the lakes. Progress can be seen in communities across the region:
- Fish and wildlife are returning to places after decades-long absences;
- Businesses are emerging and thriving on restored waterfronts; and
- People are fishing, kayaking and swimming in restored waterways.
Despite the progress, there are continued signs that the Great Lakes need help:
- Toxic algal blooms are plaguing Lake Erie, hurting tourism, small businesses and fishing;
- Cities discharge more than 40 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into the lakes annually;
- Fish consumption advisories and beach closures still persist; and
- New threats like the Asian carp are bearing down on the lakes.
It’s time for all who appreciate and rely on the Great Lakes to get involved in efforts to protect them. Apathy is not an option.