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Why I Risked My Life to Stop Arctic Drilling

How far would you go for something you believed in?

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“I don’t have time to hope anymore, ya know? It’s like, I just have time to move toward the right direction,” Basil said. “So for me, it’s not about hope it’s about earning my place in the larger ecological system … it’s about earning a position where I can walk on this planet with my head held high.”

He continued, “When I was hoping, I was still sitting and talking about things a lot. And the second I kind of stopped doing that, that’s when I started to put myself out there in a different way than I’d ever thought I’d do.”

Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet.