We Are the Arctic

This Northern Passages post is the first one that has ever asked you to please consider taking a specific action.  To sweeten the request, I also have a special offer for you. I hope you will find both the Ask and the Offer to be compelling.

If you have followed Northern Passages for a while, either on Facebook or at the www.NorthernPassages.com website, you know that I care deeply about conservation in Alaska, with a special emphasis on Bristol Bay and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  This post focuses on the Arctic Refuge.

Here's the "Ask": 

Please join the grassroots "We Are the Arctic" campaign to protect the strongest possible protections to the Refuge.  The President has recommended that Congress enhance the Wilderness protection of the Refuge and it is imperative to let the President and Congress know if you stand with the goal of protecting it.

Specifically, please consider signing an online petition that will be sent to the President and Congress.  You can do so very easily at http://www.wearethearctic.org/action/tell-president-and-congress-protect-arctic-refuge

Here is the text of the petition:

"The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes and is worthy of the strongest possible protection to ensure all Americans can use it for years to come. The Refuge is unique, majestic, irreplaceable and important. Caribou, muskoxen, wolves, nearly 200 species of migratory birds and polar bears call it home. For Alaska Natives, protecting the Arctic Refuge and the wildlife that depend on it is a human rights issue and a matter of survival.

"Despite the Refuge’s importance, Big Oil’s allies in Congress want to drill in this special place. The Refuge is also ground zero for climate change’s impact – over the past 40 years, Alaska has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the country.

"Now is the time to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge once and for all. We urge you to enact the strongest possible protections for the Arctic landscape, its wildlife and its people."

I understand that if you sign the petition you will also be placed on a mailing list for the Alaska Wilderness League, of which I am a board member.  Please only submit it if that is OK with you.  I hope it will be.

And here's the "Offer":

If you submit the petition, please let me know either by using the "Contact" link at the Northern Passages website or by emailing me at info@NorthernPassages.com.  I would like to hear from you. 

And if you provide me with your physical mailing address, I will arrange for the Alaska Wilderness League to send you a free copy of a wonderful new book that will soon be released as part of the grassroots campaign to protect this special place.

The book is called "We Are the Arctic."  It is a hardcover collection of passionate essays from 25 diverse American voices on the importance of saving arctic public lands from exploitation and unsustainable oil development. Through full-page images from ten leading conservation photographers, We Are the Arctic also showcases the vast beauty of this wilderness.  I have seen an advance copy and it is gorgeous.

You can read more about the book at http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/We-Are-the-Arctic-P1704.aspx or http://bit.ly/watabook.

I hope you will consider signing the petition and will also contact me for your free copy of We Are the Arctic.

Thank you.

Bob Osborne