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Our Great Lakes commons : a people's plan to protect the Great Lakes forever

Author: Maude Barlow; Council of Canadians.; On the Commons (Organization)
Publisher: [Ottawa, Ont.] : Council of Canadians = Conseil des canadiens ; [Minneapolis, Minn.] : On the Commons, [2011]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This paper is intended to serve as a background, a call to understanding and a call to action on an exciting new proposal to designate the Great Lakes and its tributary waters as a lived Commons, to be shared, protected, carefully managed and enjoyed by all who live around them. The Great Lakes Basin Commons would need to be protected by a legal and political framework based on Public Trust Doctrine, underpinning in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maude Barlow; Council of Canadians.; On the Commons (Organization)
OCLC Number: 768410839
Description: 1 online resource (38 pages) : color illustrations, digital file
Contents: Introduction --
The Great Lakes are in trouble. Over-extraction and climate change ; Pollution, wetland loss and invasive species ; Mining, oil and gas exploration ; Could the Great Lakes disappear? --
Current practices are not saving the Great Lakes. Cooperative agreements ; Some progress ; Conflicting priorities ; Open for business? ; Consistently underfunded --
We need a new narrative to protect the Great Lakes. A commons approach ; Public trust doctrine ; Protected bioregion ; Existing public trust law ; Limits of existing public trust law --
The time has come for the Great Lakes Basin Commons. Commons principles ; Commons legal framework ; Commons governance --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Nos Grands Lacs, des biens communs :
People's plan to protect the Great Lakes forever
Responsibility: by Maude Barlow.

Abstract:

This paper is intended to serve as a background, a call to understanding and a call to action on an exciting new proposal to designate the Great Lakes and its tributary waters as a lived Commons, to be shared, protected, carefully managed and enjoyed by all who live around them. The Great Lakes Basin Commons would need to be protected by a legal and political framework based on Public Trust Doctrine, underpinning in law that the Great Lakes are central to the very existence of those people, plants and animals living on or near them and therefore must be protected for the common good from generation to generation. This means that the Lakes could not be appropriated or subordinated for private gain. It is also our determination that the Great Lakes will be designated as a Protected Bioregion, recognizing that while there are many political jurisdictions governing the Great Lakes Basin, it is, in fact, one integrated watershed and needs to be seen and governed as such.

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