Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Applaud efforts to keep oil drilling operations out of the pristine Alaskan wilderness.
The Obama Administration will be seeking to designate over 12 million acres of Alaskan Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as “wilderness,” according to a recent White House statement. The move would lend the land even more environmental protection, keeping the vast but delicate ecosystem safe from threats like oil drilling. The initiative will also protect a large area of the Arctic Ocean surrounding Alaska.
Alaska is one of America’s most sparsely populated states, with much of its land left pristine. The state is home to brown bears, polar bears, bison, an abundance of fish species, as well as sea birds and marine mammals. Many of these animals are struggling in other parts of America, including brown bears, killer whales, and dall sheep.
Not only does Alaska give many endangered and threatened animals a fair chance, it is also a hospitable environment to introduce struggling species from other parts of the country. In 1928, 20 American bison were imported from Michigan in hopes of re-introducing an extinct species to the land. Now there are over 900 wild bison in the state, and the Alaskan Fish and Wildlife service is considering a similar import of wood bison, another subspecies extinct in the area.
Alaska is one of the few remaining places in the United States where animals are relatively free from threats related to human interference, including habitat loss and environmental destruction due to mining and oil drilling. Keeping the area free of drilling operations will allow the land to continue to thrive. Sign the petition below to praise President Obama’s efforts to protect Alaskan wildlife refuges.
Dear President Obama,
The White House recently announced its intention to classify over 12 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as federally protected wilderness, a move which would protect the land and the animals inhabiting it from human threats such as development and oil drilling.
The land in question is home to a vast range of animals, some species of which are at risk or endangered in other parts of America. Alaska’s sparse population and large areas of untouched space provide an ideal environment in which these creatures can thrive. The danger posed by oil drilling pollution is very real, and could have a catastrophic effect on the Alaskan ecosystem. We, the undersigned, praise your efforts to ensure the land is protected from these cash-focused operations.
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