Environmental literacy: What should every Great Lakes citizen know?
What’s the minimum every responsible citizen of the Great Lakes region should know about their environment?
It’s a question we’ve been noodling recently in the Echo newsroom. The idea is to develop a list and use it as the basis for questions we’ll ask random people – sort of like the Jaywalking feature on the Tonight Show. We’ll video their answers – right, wrong, funny, creative – and conclude with a look at the answer.
We’re consulting some environmental educators and advocates on the kinds of things we might ask.
But we’re really interested in what the Echo community thinks. So how about it? Just what should the literate Great Lakes citizen know about the environment?
Is it the nature of the threat posed by Asian carp? How much of the world’s fresh surface water do the Great Lakes contain? The names of the Great Lakes? What causes Lake Erie algae growth? The difference between tap and bottled water? What is a greenhouse gas?
Nominate questions in the comments below. And while we like to think we’re environmentally literate at Echo, the answers would be helpful as well.