Save the Wild U.P. celebrates winter and the environment

Dec 6, 2013

MARQUETTE, MI--   Save the Wild U.P. is holding its Winter Gala in Marquette Saturday.  

Executive director Alexandra Thebert says the event is meant to raise awareness of environmental issues in the area—specifically sulfide mining.  She says proceeds from the gala will be used for outreach efforts.

“That can include free hikes in the Trap Hills near Ontonagon on the western end of the U.P., our music events at local businesses like Big Bay Outfitters in Big Bay,” she says.  “We really work to be part of our community and really reach out to new people about why this is such a special place so worthy of our protection.” 

John Stauber is the author of such books as Toxic Sludge Is Good for You and Trust Us, We’re Experts, and is giving the keynote speech at the gala.  He says he’ll talk about why citizens need to see through the propaganda of giant mining companies.

“Unfortunately the business of mining is very dangerous, dirty, polluting,” he says.  “It wreaks great havoc on the natural environment and it can be very destabilizing and destructive.  It’s very necessary for industries that have those sorts of negative impacts to try to spin themselves, paint themselves as being environmentally and socially responsible.”

The winter gala takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Women’s Federated Clubhouse in Marquette.  For more information go to