Please take a moment NOW to make your voice heard to Protect the Arctic Refuge
Tell your members of Congress why this special place matters to you!
Write a letter, send an e-mail at links below, or call the Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Ask your representatives to protect the Arctic Refuge by opposing any legislation that would open it to oil drilling. The best way to keep the refuge wild and free is to designate the Coastal Plain as Wilderness.
Here are some points to raise:
Please Act now to keep the Refuge safe!
- The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the wildest and most intact ecosystems on earth. It is a place where over 250 species of wildlife live freely. We owe it to future generations to protect, rather than exploit America’s wilderness heritage.
- Since time immemorial, Gwich’in and Inupiat people have relied on the area for sustenance and culture.
- The refuge’s natural habitat supports an existing and sustainable economy of ecotourism, hunting and fishing, and recreation.
- Drilling will harm wildlife. Despite oil industry rhetoric, drilling can’t be done in an environmentally sensitive manner. The oil industry’s track record in Alaska averages one toxic spill per day. No matter how well done, oil and gas development will forever ruin the refuge wilderness and set an irreversible precedent for other protected areas.
- There’s no future in fossils. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge will exacerbate the global climate change that already profoundly stresses Arctic ecosystems and communities.
- There is a better way. Renewable energy, efficiency and conservation are a cleaner, cheaper, faster, and safer way to propel our nation into a sustainable energy future and avoid needlessly sacrificing America’s Arctic.
The Artists of the Arctic Refuge and
Northern Alaska Environmental Center