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CONNECTING THE COASTS

Connecting Critical Issues To Service Learning Across the Lake Superior Basin

"Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve"- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Connecting the Coasts (CTC) website takes a systems approach to creating service learning experience that will help you investigate these Lake Superior Basin issues. Even if you do not live in the Lake Superior Basin, there is a good chance that many of the same issues are also affecting you and your community.

You will explore these issues from a perspective that considers the interaction of people, the environment, and issues affecting the sustainability of Lake Superior's resources. You will be able to look at these issues from a watershed perspective meaning that whatever occurs within the Lake Superior watershed eventually effects the Lake and the natural and human communities that rely on it.

 

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE LAKE SUPERIOR BASIN?

Basin PhotoThe Lake Superior Basin, also called Lake Superior Watershed, is one of the most pristine and unique ecosystems in North America. Lake Superior contains the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in the world.

Cuoltural tradition
Wild rice harvesting is an important cultural tradition among Lake Superior's Native people.
This water is important for the plants, animals, and people who live here. Lake Superior is also the headwaters of the entire Great Lakes Basin. It is so valuable that some people have called its water "Blue-Gold."

Lake Superior has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Great Lakes, serving as a backdrop to a wide range of recreational and outdoor activities enjoyed by people from all over the world.

Sparsely populated even today, Lake Superior has not experienced the same level of development, urbanization or pollution as the other Great Lakes.

People who live here have always had a special connection to the Lake.

 

A VISION FOR LAKE SUPERIOR

Lake Superior Binational Program LogoThe CTC uses research and information about the critical issues affecting the Lake Superior Basin that was developed by the Lake Superior Binational Program. This research and steps to help solve these critical issues contained in the Lakewide Area Management Pla. or "LaMP" for Lake Superior.

The primary objective of this LaMP is to encourage all human activity in the Lake Superior Basin to be consistent with ideas stated in A Vision for Lake Superior.

Read this vision to see what these people feel is important about Lake Superior. What is your vision for the future of Lake Superior? How you would like the environment to be different, what are your dreams.

 

GETTING STARTED

The CTC site uses sustainability as the lens through which the other critical Lake Superior issues are examined, so it's the first step in your investigations. By learning about these issues affecting the Lake, we can work toward making a vision for its future more sustainable.

Through the INVESTIGATE sections of the Connecting the Coasts, you will investigate the critical issues affecting the Lake Superior Basin. In the CREATE section, you will design a service learning project that will allow you to outreach what you have learned to help resolve a critical issues. The ACT section will give you some great ideas for service learning projects. The REFLECT section gives interactive tools to use to share and celebrate your work with others.

Information is linked to other web resources so you can explore more about different perspectives.

As you explore the critical issues affecting the Lake Superior Basin, you may want to plan and conduct additional web-based research, field investigations, interview of experts, monitoring projects, or working with other partners to gain a deeper understanding of the issue within a community and/or watershed context. Your investigations become the foundation on which you can develops a service learning project and action plan that can really help solve these critical issues.

We recommend that you start with Sustainability.

 


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