One Artist’s Mission to Document the Changing North

Friends has partnered with artist and photographer Benjamin Olson, who has set out on an ambitious project to document the effects of climate change in the Boundary Waters and the surrounding ecosystem. Captivated by his work, and by his belief that art is powerful means to create connections and make people feel the magnitude of environmental issues, we are proud to be part of his work.

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40 YEARS OF THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS

The creation of BWCAW was mired in controversy. The disputes surrounding the 1978 bill that gave the area full wilderness protection may have died down, but tensions still exists between those who advocate for wilderness for its own sake and those who see an economic opportunity in the land. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the act is a reminder that the wilderness needs friends, it needs people like you to advocate for it.

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IT’S TIME TO MAKE PROTECTING THE BWCAW INTO A NATIONAL ISSUE

To protect the Boundary Waters, we need make the fight against sulfide mining a national issue. An abundance of pristine water is nothing to take for granted. Fresh water shortages affect almost every corner of the globe, and clean water is becoming increasingly scarce. Globally speaking, northern Minnesota’s clean, water-rich environment is a rarity. It should be cherished as a national treasure.

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