|The Great Lakes, NOAA|
From left to right: Superior, Michigan, Huron,
Erie and Ontario.
In an effort to educate the public, to preserve the resource, and to provide educational materials, several groups have worked together to gather materials for education. The principles are modeled after the Ocean Literacy movement.
These groups developed "The Great Lakes Literacy Principles":
1. The Great Lakes, bodies of fresh water with many features, are connected to each other and to the world ocean.
2. Natural forces formed the Great Lakes; the lakes continue to shape the features of their watershed.
3. The Great Lakes influence local and regional weather and climate.
4. Water makes Earth habitable; fresh water sustains life on land.
5. The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably interconnected.
7. Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.
8. The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation, and the planet.
Material, including a direct comparison with the Ocean Literacy principles and K-12 teacher materials, can be found here.