The Great Lakes, which contain 21% of the world’s fresh surface water, are under threat from contamination, invasive species, habitat destruction and more. ELC is working with community grassroots organizer Juliee de la Terre from Sacred Water, Sacred Land and local indigenous tribes to secure legal rights for this important ecosystem.

With a focus on defining and achieving aquatic health, legal rights for the Great Lakes also allows local communities and indigeous tribes to serve as guardians of nature to enforce its inherent rights.