SOS Protect Our Water-Bodies on the Ice

SOS Protect Our Water from Bodies on the Ice 3.9.14 Credit: David Doering, SunRidge Moving Pictures, LLC.

SOS Protect Our Water from Bodies on the Ice 3.9.14 Credit: David Doering, SunRidge Moving Pictures, LLC.

March 10, 2014 by Leslie Amsterdam
Almost 200 hundred men, women and children laid down on the ice of Lake Superior Sunday to spell the message “SOS Protect Our Water” with their bodies. The display, labeled “Bodies on the Ice”, was photographed aerially before the group stood up and joined hands, forming a large circle.

The action, just off the shores of the lake in Washburn, Wis., on top of the ice of the largest of the Great Lakes, was attended by a diverse group, all concerned about water quality in the region. The lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, is also known as Ojibwe Gichigami (Ojibwe Great Sea) due to the large populations of Anishinaabe language speakers living nearby.

Unity-Bodies on the Ice 3.9.2014  ©2014 Leslie Peterson All Rights Reserved

Unity-Bodies on the Ice 3.9.2014 ©2014 Leslie Peterson All Rights Reserved

Activists working to expose environmental hazards related to Gogebic Taconite’s efforts to establish an iron mine in the Penokee Hills organized the messaging event to highlight the potential for pollution of the Bad River watershed. The Bad River runs thorough the Penokee Hills and is also the name of the Bad River Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa who rely on the watershed to maintain traditional lifestyles. According to a Facebook page promoting Bodies on the Ice, “the aim of the message will be to call attention to the madness of threatening the water of Lake Superior through the reckless mining of the Penokees.”

Bodies on the Ice 3.9.2014 ©2014 Leslie Peterson All Rights Reserved

Bodies on the Ice 3.9.2014 ©2014 Leslie Peterson All Rights Reserved

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One Comment on “SOS Protect Our Water-Bodies on the Ice”

  1. Richard Haas March 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Excellent, keep up the good work. Unfortunately not everyone can always participate.

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