The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of America’s last pristine wild areas, home to polar bears, wolves, caribou, and other threatened wildlife. Now, the Trump administration is trying to reverse decades of conservation and open the refuge to oil drilling!
Trump and the Republican Congress are hoping that drilling in this fragile environment will help pay for their new tax plan, which gives tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. Take action to save the refuge, using a call script and find-your-senator tool from 5 Calls:
You can explain to Congress that proposed oil development would occur on the 1.5-million-acre coastal plain sandwiched between the Arctic Ocean and the Brooks mountain range, and would have serious impacts on species such as polar bear, caribou, musk oxen and hundreds of species of migratory birds. This area is considered the “biological heart” of the refuge, and habitat loss that occurs here will impact the entire Arctic Refuge and beyond.
Oil related activities such as seismic testing, aircraft and vehicle noise, or even the mere presence of humans nearby, can drive mother polar bears away from their den and cubs. Drilling the Arctic Refuge could alter the annual path of the Porcupine caribou herd, one of the longest land mammal migrations in the world.
We can’t let the Trump administration take this wildlife and magnificent landscape away from future generations, just to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. Take action: https://5calls.org/issue/alaskan-wildlife-refuge-oil-drilling
Source: 5 Calls and Defenders of Wildlife