The world's large lakes are habitat to many species and resources vital to ecosystem wellbeing, and are vulnerable to many stressors. Lake resource degradation have led to major challenges for ecological and economic stability that will be felt for generations to come.

August 2020, Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: Rapid degradation of the world’s large lakes, Jean-Philippe Jenny, et al, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Volume 46, Issue 4, Pages 686-702

Pollution and emissions pose serious threats to both aquatic and human life and undermine the productivity of our oceans. If we wish to secure our ocean’s continued provision of valuable ecosystem goods and services, great strides must be taken toward minimizing these stressors to ocean health.