Public murals help increase public awareness of environmental issues facing the Great Lakes
What A Toronto first – a freshwater edition of PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Murals For Oceans.
Where Twenty-one local and international artists have painted murals at three sites – Ossington and Queen, Spadina and Queen, and the mouth of the Don River.
Why To promote the power of public art and activism as well as increase public awareness of environmental issues facing the Great Lakes. The colourful works shed light on disappearing ecosystems and invasive species and pay homage to environmental visionary David Suzuki. Artists also worked with organizations such as Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to inform the artworks and promote specific initiatives such as shoreline cleanups.
20% Amount of the world’s fresh water contained in the Great Lakes
90% Proportion of Ontario’s population that lives in the Great Lakes basin
40 million People who rely on drinking water from the Great Lakes
250 Species of fish supported by the Great Lakes
Threats Erosion caused by wind, waves and human activity loss of forests and agricultural land to urban sprawl runoff from agriculture and industry increasing evaporation caused by climate change.
How to get involved in loving the Great Lakes
Join Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (waterkeeper.ca).
Support Great Lakes Commons (greatlakescommons.org).
Learn about ravines and wetlands (trca.ca).
Participate in shoreline cleanups (shorelinecleanup.ca).
Take a self-guided tour of the murals (loveletterprojects.com)
Compiled by NOW staff, with files from Devon Ostrom