Alaska Wilderness League

How GOP Centrists Can Affirm the Powerful Conservation Legacy of Eisenhower and Roosevelt

December 6th marked 57 years since Republican President Dwight Eisenhower first set aside what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Senate Vote Threatens to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil Drilling

The Senate voted Thursday 51-49 to approve the first stage of a complicated multi-part budget reconciliation process that, if the Alaska congressional delegation gets its way, will attach drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge onto a massive package of tax cuts.

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Why I Fell in Love With Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - and Why We Must Protect It From Drilling

While renowned and beloved for its superlative qualities, I love the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on a macro level. One evening I watched a small red-backed vole move her offspring, each no larger than a jelly bean, from one hiding spot to another. I was no less impressed by her adaptability and will to survive than by the caribou of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. And the first time I saw the delicate nodding bladder-campion growing amidst the raw bulldozed terrain of a glacier’s recent retreat, I was just as dazzled by this tiny flower, making a living in the most hostile environment, as I was by my first view of Mt. Isto’s glaciated slopes.

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Democrats Are Pulling Out All the Stops to Protect the Arctic From Trump

Two things happened on April 28. One positive ... and one unprecedented. Senate Democrats led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to strengthen protections for the Arctic Ocean and show opposition to any future risky drilling in our oceans. Similar legislation was introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) in March on the House side.

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Watch: How Two Tribal Women Are Fighting to Protect the Arctic From Oil Drilling

The Gwich'in people of Alaska and Northern Canada have fought for three decades to protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and other threats. The outdoor apparel company Patagonia and non-profit conservation group Alaska Wilderness League have recently released The Refuge, a 15-minute film telling the story of two Gwich'in women who are fighting for their ancestral home and the survival of the wild animals that bring them life. In conjunction with the film, Patagonia has partnered with Care2, the world’s largest social media site for good, to launch a Care2 petition asking Congress to pledge to protect the Refuge's Coastal Plain as wilderness.

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As a Member of the Inupiaq People of Alaska, My Biggest Concern Is Offshore Drilling

My name is Earl Kingik and I am a member of the Native Village of Point Hope. I grew up in Point Hope and learned how to live off of the lands and waters that surrounded me. Now I teach the younger generations to practice our traditional ways.

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I Sailed Through the Northwest Passage and Saw Firsthand the Devastating Impact of Climate Change

April marked the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy that occurred in the Gulf. We can’t let a similar tragedy happen in the Arctic.

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Once Again, President Obama Is Poised to Ignore the Lessons of Exxon Valdez

Twenty-seven years ago, Exxon Valdez showed the nation in sharp relief what can happen when we allow fossil fuel development in one of the world’s most diverse and remote marine environments.

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Is This the New Face of Climate Change?

Literally named the “tooth-walking sea horse,” walrus are one of our most beloved species. They play a central role in the mythology and folklore of Arctic peoples, and were widely hunted during the 19th and early 20th century by those seeking their blubber, meat and ivory tusks. Later they worked their way into popular culture, immortalized in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and even The Beatles wrote a song about them.

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Shell Got Permission to Harass Thousands of Whales and Seals in the Arctic -  Here's What That Means

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service recently issued Shell Oil an “incidental harassment authorization,” giving the company permission to harass thousands of whales and seals if it is allowed to move forward with exploratory drilling this summer. But what exactly does this mean for the marine life of the Arctic?

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