Stop Destructive Drilling in the Arctic Wilderness

Target: David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Protect endangered wildlife and stop climate change by abandoning plans to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The health of our planet and the future of our unique endangered wildlife both face a major threat. The Trump administration has announced a gas and oil drill leasing program in the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge that would exploit Alaskan wilderness for a profit with overwhelming environmental consequences.

Drilling in the arctic would devastate the habitat of endangered polar bears and caribou herds. It would also damage arctic ice, which has already been melting away due to climate change. Melting the ice releases methane from under the permafrost, which is a highly potent greenhouse gas that heats the atmosphere faster than carbon dioxide. With damage to the ice, the climate of the arctic will warm and species in the area that are adapted to the cold will die out.

This oil leasing program could also open up other wildlife refuge areas to drilling. Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt proudly said the entire 1.5 million acre Coastal Plain of Alaska could become available to drilling with the new program. This is a disaster waiting to happen, with the potential to ruin the habitats of thousands of species and pump the atmosphere with still more carbon dioxide.

We can’t let the Trump administration destroy our wildlife and our environment. Sign the petition below to demand that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be stopped.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Bernhardt,

The decision to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling neglects the destruction these activities would cause to wildlife and the environment. The arctic is home to a host of endangered species including polar bears and caribou, which could be pushed to extinction by drilling activities and climate change.

Opening up this area of Alaska could also make other wildlife refuges available for drilling. No matter where the drilling is, it will also contribute to climate change as more and more carbon dioxide from burning gas will be pumped into the atmosphere. All of the United States has and will be affected by climate change, from larger storms to failing agriculture. For the sake of both our wildlife and our nation, we cannot continue our dependence on fossil fuels. I demand that you stop the drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to protect the environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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