Stop me if you’ve heard this one: another natural treasure is under threat–really under threat.
Just the Great Lakes, folks.
You know: those five enormous and gorgeous bodies of water, straddling Canada and the U.S., that have long served as an oh-so-vital component of our collective physical, cultural, economic and spiritual life.
And God knows, we’ve all seen those photos.
But guess what, there are things we can do.
The person who tells me this is the same person who carried out the study.
Krantzberg is also an engineering and public policy professor at the Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, hard by Lake Ontario.
As you might guess, it is–most emphatically–not a pretty read.
“We are increasingly detecting microplastics in the waters and fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes,” Krantzberg told The Canadian Press in a recent interview when asked about her study.
“A fish with a gut full of plastics cannot be a healthy fish and can, in fact, starve to death. We know the problem is increasing in severity.”
I spoke by phone with Kranzberg on Thursday about how the plastics are getting to the Great Lakes and her call for “swift action,” which–as it turns out–is something all of us can contribute to every day, if we can just muster the needed will.Listen
With files from CP, Digital Journal