Not Here. Not Ever. Protect The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
With the recent Budget Reconciliation Bill in Congress, with the goal to pass by the new year, there are several threats to wilderness and wildlife that ride along with it. One of those alarms me deeply: the opening of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. It strikes me on a personal level: I have spent time on these lands, with these animals, and with the people who call Arctic Alaska home. This is a human rights issue and an environmental issue. The time is now to stand firm in protection of our planet, and to guide our ways toward sustainability and balance. Let’s do this!
EASY ACTION: Sign the Petition to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from any attempt to drill for oil. www.sierraclub.org
https://science2017.globalchange.gov Climate Science Special Report, The 4th National Climate Assessment.
NPR Trump Administration finally admits to human impact on climate change.
Alaska Dispatch News On opening the 1002 lands to oil drilling via Budget Resolution
Youtube Video on historical impacts of oil drilling in Alaska and the future of the state
Being Caribou a stunning documentary on following the Porcupine Caribou Herd through their annual migration in the Arctic
Read the letter I wrote to California’s Representatives:
November 4, 2017
Dear Senator Dianne Feinstein,
To begin, thank you for all of the support you have shown towards protecting wilderness and wildlife throughout your role as Senator. Your work is greatly appreciated during a time when these aspects of our planet are crucial yet threatened more than ever.
I am writing today to express my concern over the Budget Reconciliation Bill, specifically, the option to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 1002 area to oil drilling. With the passing of the bill as it stands, this four-decade battle over the Arctic Refuge has the possibility of coming to an end with petroleum extraction in the heart of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
I am an art activist living and working in Los Angeles, and for the past two years I traveled with US Fish and Wildlife Service to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to learn, listen, and create artwork that describes why this Northern place on our planet is so unique. I have camped along the Sheenjek and Hula Hula Rivers, in the Brooks Range Massif at the Continental Divide, celebrated life and culture with the Gwich’in during their bi-annual Gathering in Arctic Village, and learned from the Inupiaq Eskimo elders of Kaktovik on the Arctic Coast. The artwork created is an ode to the deep connection between the people, the animals, and the land: a connection that has sustained for thousands of years.
Through what I witnessed both in the South of the Refuge and on the Arctic Coast, when this connection to land is severed, deep sickness prevails. Those I spoke to grapple with the complexities of moving between a subsistence-based culture and a consumerist economy, and with oil drilling on the Coastal Plain, this rift may deepen and compromise purpose, traditional values, pride and cultural identity.
Opening up the 1002 lands in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a shortsighted solution. In fact, it is not a solution, only a temporary fix. Tapping the 1002 area breaks a threshold into a pristine and loved environment, where restraint has been instilled at its core. With an oil thirsty economy, compromising a small portion of the refuge jeopardizes the entire Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as well as similar beloved lands, by confirming it as a viable option and target for future resource extraction.
It is no coincidence that the Climate Science Special Report was submitted to the White House at the same time the budget resolution is being debated. Oil drilling in Arctic Refuge, further perpetuates the State of Alaska’s dependency on oil, as well as our nation’s dependency on oil, to falsely heal a broken economic system. We cannot afford to extract more during this critical time of climate mitigation on our planet. We cannot afford to compromise our fellow human beings and the animals we share the land with. We cannot afford to abolish the values that are held in the Arctic wilderness: resiliency, connection, and restraint.
Senator Feinstein, please do not support any bill that opens up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
I welcome your response.
My Deepest Gratitude,
Lindsay Carron // 414-530-2559 // lindsaycarron.com