The Premise and Mission of GLBNA
Three factors will radically change the geography of the Great Lake Basin of North America over the next 20 to 40 years. The first factor is global freshwater scarcity, which has been increasing for several decades. This scarcity is the result of population growth, contamination, and depletion. It will lead to increasing value of freshwater resources. As the Great Lakes hold about 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water, the GLB will benefit from the increase in value of its resources, but will also face serious related challenges.
The second factor is climate change, mainly prolonged drought in some areas and flooding in other areas of the United States and elsewhere. This will result in mass migrations from drought- and flood-stricken cities and regions to the relatively stable and resource-rich climate of the GLB. Again, the GLB will benefit from the population surge (e.g., greater representation in Congress and therefore more power to exploit, control, and preserve its valuable natural resources) and raise serious challenges as well.
The third factor causing radical change in the geography of the GLB is a focus on the security of its water resources. There will be intense pressure for diversions to water-poor cities and farms outside of the basin. Presently the authority for considering legal diversion proposals falls under the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence compact, alliance, and commission. There will be numerous attempts at illegal diversion as well, some perpetrated by organized criminal enterprises, necessitating a regional (and federally sanctioned) standing security force to protect the resources.
The mission of GLBNA, launched on February 28, 2016, is to prepare residents of the Great Lakes Basin, and all who care about the GLB, for this future. We encourage your participation in the discussion.
The Editorial Position of GLBNA
GLBNA takes a balanced position on climate change, attempting to understand and disseminate views on various sides of the issue. GLBNA respects all earnest scientific and journalistic inquiry into the subject of climate change, natural resources conservation, and the future of the Great Lakes Basin.
David M. Freedman, the founder and editor of GLBNA, earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in geography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has worked a journalist, primary in the fields of business, law, and personal finance, since 1978.
Freedman is the author of three non-fiction books, the latest of which is Equity Crowdfunding for Investors: A Guide to Risks, Returns, Regulations, Funding Portals, Due Diligence, and Deal Terms (Wiley & Sons, 2015).
He is a member of the National Center for Science Education (www.ncse.com), an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Freedman also has a life-long interest in wildlife and its preservation, and is a member of the National Wildlife Federation.
Freedman’s office is in Highland Park, Illinois. His personal website: www.freedman-chicago.com.