HELP SAVE THE ARCTIC REFUGE!

There are only ~4 days until oil companies will bid on destroying the arctic, harming the land of indigenous peoples (the Gwich’in) and animals (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge houses 200 species of birds).

In early December, the Trump administration announced it would auction off drilling rights in the US Arctic. By doing this, it puts an entire habitat in peril, a habitat which animals like the porcupine caribou, polar bears, and whales call home. It will also hinder the waters that Arctic animals and indigenous communities depend upon. Alaskan Natives rely on the caribou that migrate to this land, and by drilling into the land, the caribous’ route will change and leave people hungry.

Also, drilling releases tons of carbon dioxide which is terrible as it becomes poisonous when there is too much of it in the air. Moreover, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and will cause more thermal energy to be trapped by the atmosphere causing the planet to become warmer than it would be naturally. The arctic is already warming at 2 times the rate of the rest of the earth. That rate might double, or triple if we do not do anything to stop it. So, please sign the petition below!

https://www.protectthearctic.org/take-action-to-protect-the-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge

PROTECT THE ARCTIC, SIGN THIS PETITION! IT WILL ONLY TAKE A COUPLE OF MINUTES AND YOUR IMPACT WILL BENEFIT THE WORLD IN THE FUTURE TO COME.

HOW CAN I HELP?

  1. SIGN THE PETITION
  2. SEND IN A HANDWRITTEN LETTER TO THIS ADDRESS: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS‒R7‒ES‒2020‒0129, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.
  3. SPREAD AWARENESS USING THE HASHTAG #PROTECTTHEARCTIC

SPEAK UP

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

Desmond Tutu

This quote amplifies the message that we SHOULD be sharing ways to help through our social media. In another post, I had said that I was hesitant to even repost information because I thought I would be “getting political.” However, I have realized that this isn’t a political issue but rather a humanitarian one. We aren’t talking about voting or polls, we are talking about saving human lives and fighting for justice. If you’re worried about how people will perceive you, ask yourself, “Who are the people that I’m surrounding myself with?” If they are going to make fun of you for calling attention to injustice, then they are the oppressor we are trying to educate. Black people are being killed right now, the least we can do is share information and try to educate. We need to say their names.

The post below has helped me realize these things.

originally posted June 4