Sign and Tell Congress: Not All Alaskans Want To Drill the Arctic Refuge

In February, the Alaska Legislature passed a resolution asking Congress to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling. Despite what our legislators do, this move does NOT represent the values of all Alaskans.

Arctic Refuge oil production would result in a sprawling industrial complex of drilling sites spread across 1.5 million acres of critical habitat. With the devastating impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill still being felt today, we know firsthand what an oil disaster could do to this spectacular place and the wildlife and people who rely on it.

The Arctic Refuge is one of the most majestic places in our state – home to caribou, musk oxen, wolves, polar bears, and nearly 200 species of migratory birds. It is a land where the fate of people and the environment are deeply intertwined. Protecting the caribou, and therefore the Gwich'in way of life is a matter of basic human rights.

Drilling in the refuge could also have a devastating impact on our climate. We know that climate change – stoked by the burning of fossil fuels, is impacting Alaska's Arctic more than any other place in the country.

There is so much at stake. It's up to Alaskans like us to stand up and declare that we will not leave a legacy of long-term destruction of public lands and waters, just for our short-term benefit today.

As an Alaskan who wants to protect the Refuge, will you raise your voice? Sign the resolution and tell Congress that you do not support drilling in the Arctic and want our leaders to join us in protecting our public lands and waters.
We are Alaskans who don't believe that allowing oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is good for our state or our country, for the following reasons:



  • The Arctic Refuge has thousands of years of human history, and today continues to sustain the Porcupine Caribou Herd, and therefore the Gwich’in people who continue a subsistence tradition;

  • Protecting the caribou and the Gwich'in way of life is a matter of basic human rights, and clean air, lands, and waters are necessary to sustain life in the Arctic;

  • Clean lands and waters will sustain tourism, fisheries, subsistence and more, while intensive resource extraction threatens these industries for short term gain;

  • The Arctic Refuge is one of our most majestic places in Alaska, home to caribou, musk oxen, wolves, polar bears, and nearly 200 species of migratory birds;

  • The coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge is the only 5 percent of Alaska’s Arctic coastal plain with any legislated protections against oil and gas development;

  • Arctic Refuge oil production would result in a sprawling industrial complex of drilling sites spread across 1.5 million acres of critical habitat;

  • Climate change is impacting all of Alaska, and it is impacting Alaska’s Arctic more than any other place in the country;

  • Addressing climate change requires us not to burn a large portion of our proven oil reserves;

  • Alaska was home to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and Alaskans have seen first-hand what happens when things go wrong; 



We are Alaskans who are resolved to address climate change while also crafting a sustainable future for our state’s economy. We refuse to leave a legacy of long-term destruction of public lands and waters, just for our short-term benefit today, and we ask you to stand with us for Alaska's public lands and waters.
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