Woman walks around every Great Lake to raise awareness about water pollution
Woman walks around every Great Lake to raise awareness about water pollution.
Josephine Mandamin is known to many as the “Water Walker,” and with good reason: she has walked around every Great Lake, not to mention along the St. Lawrence River and various other bodies of water.
“The message is, water is very precious, and I will go to any lengths to .
carry the water to the people,” Mandamin told Indigenous Rising.
Mandamin has been doing these walks since 2003, when she and a friend walked around Lake Superior.
The next year, they walked around Lake Michigan, and over the following years, they continued to walk along bodies of water within their traditional land.
“It’s really been the best that I’ve ever experienced because of the support from people,” she told the CBC.
Recently, she was also the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.
She isn’t the only one concerned for the health of North American waterways.
The issue has become so pressing that the Government of Canada just passed a motion to ban the manufacture of microbeads, which will henceforth be considered a toxic substance due to their tendency to clog waterways and kill wildlife.