The Great Lakes of North America; Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario, and their connecting channels, form the largest fresh surface water system on earth. It is estimated that these inland seas, totaling over 94,000 square miles, hold six quadrillion gallons of water. This is 90 percent of the U.S. supply and 20 percent of the world's supply. These are not only five individual lakes, but a vital system of channels connecting them form an incredible system.
Water sustains all known forms of life on Earth and makes up a part of every living cell. It is used in our daily lives as well as in our industry, agriculture and energy production. The waterways provide an important source of transportation for manufactured goods and supplies. The Great Lakes also provide a wonderful recreational environment as well as areas of solace and rejuvenation.
In other words, humanity is immensely served by the Great Lakes, both in the physical and spiritual sense. Unfortunately, in our ignorance and greed, we have failed to understand the fragility of these lakes. Our use of them has resulted in their abuse. While nature was created as an environment of sustenance and joy for man, man is in turn meant to be its caretaker. It is our responsibility to reverse our mistakes and clean up the pollution we've caused. The steps we take in this direction are an important and vital process to the fulfillment of the originally intended purpose of creation.