A few weeks ago, an acquaintance mentioned to me that the easiest way to express a vision of the Great Lakes is "The lakes belong to all of us, we all need to take care of them." She had seen that quote somewhere, now I don't remember where she said she had seen it. Anyone out there know?
The idea is that you do take care of your stuff, don't you? I see people lavishing care on inanimate objects. Maybe some similar care could be lavished on the lakes.
(I can also think of a mom telling her kid that broke something "that's why we can't have nice things.")