Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A national Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chair of Food and Water Watch's board is embarking on a seven-city speaking tour in Canada and the United States in an effort to protect the Great Lakes. Maude Barlow will be touring regions of the Great Lakes to talk about threats such as low lake levels, pollution, over-extraction, climate change and invasive species. Great Lakes water levels have been reported at an all-time record low. Barlow is calling for the Great Lakes to be recognized as a Commons and a Public Trust to be shared, protected and managed by those living around them. The vision is based on the human right to water, incorporates public input and prioritizes public and Indigenous rights over private intersets. "Our governments have to start listening to communities who are saying 'no' to tar sands, fracking, bottled water and other projects that can deplete or pollute our water supplies. The future of the Great Lakes depends on it," said Barlow. The Great Lakes tour will kick off Wednesday April 4 in Duluth. Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati rmarnati@kbjr.com