Dear member of Congress and President Obama,
We are writing to you today to urge you support the Arctic Wilderness Bill with the intent “to preserve the Arctic coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, as wilderness in recognition of its extraordinary natural ecosystems and for the permanent good of present and future generations of Americans.”
While this is typically considered an issue of environmental concern as clearly stated in the text of these bills, it actually goes far beyond that. The coastal plain is the birthing and nursing ground of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, an essential part of native Gwich’in culture for both practical and spiritual purposes. Oil drilling is certain to be detrimental to the survival of the caribou, thus ripping apart the fabric of daily life and sustenance of the Gwich’in.
This ecosystem should be preserved for present and future generations of all Americans, but here we have the opportunity to save this land for a particularly important group of Americans, the Gwich’in. They are the first people to have a relationship with this land and they are working incredibly hard to preserve a heritage that would otherwise be lost to history.
I encourage you to learn more about the plight of the Gwich’in at http://www.mihoaida.com/gwichin
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act this year, we believe the Arctic Wilderness Bill is the best solution within reach to restore justice to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Please give your support and encourage your fellow members of Congress to do the same.
This petition will help to let Congress and President Obama know that they need to pass the HR 139 and S.1695, bills to designate the area as wilderness in order to permanently protect the coastal...
This petition will help to let Congress and President Obama know that they need to pass the HR 139 and S.1695, bills to designate the area as wilderness in order to permanently protect the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.