It takes more than a pair of good shoes to trek 2,200 miles along the St. Lawrence Seaway to Lake Superior. It takes hope, says Kevin Best, who helped organize The Migration Journey Walk. Best and about 20 others are hiking the trail that the Native American Anishinabe people walked more than 1,200 years ago. They hope to raise awareness about the thousands of tons of chemicals and heavy metals that are dumped into and around the Great Lakes every year, he says.
“We hope in our lifetimes we can at least stop the assault on the land and water,” says Best, pointing out that the Great Lakes supply drinking water to more than 90 percent of the 38 million Americans and Canadians living near them.
The group stopped in Detroit last week to talk about their trek and to generate support to protect the Great Lakes.
“This is the beginning,” says Best. “This is a call to mobilize, educate and build alliances.”
The walk is scheduled to conclude at Lake Superior Sept. 23.
For information call 1-888-371-0057 or go to www.migrationjourney.cjb.net.Ann Mullen contributed to News Hits, which is edited by Curt Guyette. He can be reached at 313-202-8004 or [email protected]