SIGN ON TO PROTECT THE ARCTIC REFUGE
Creation Justice Ministries has long opposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, not only to protect God’s creation, but also because of our commitment to standing with the Gwich’in people, the Alaska Native community who have cared for the Refuge since time immemorial.
For daily sustenance, the Gwich’in depend on the Porcupine caribou herd, whose birthing patterns would be disrupted by oil exploration in the Refuge, ultimately threatening the survival of both the caribou and the Gwich’in people.
Please sign and share an online petition to stand with the Gwich'in and permanently protect the Arctic Refuge.
To print and share a paper version of the petition, download this PDF. We will run this petition through November 1.
Follow the Politics
As many members of the Gwich'in community are part of the Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church has made protecting the Arctic Refuge one of its top priorities in 2016. Because of this, Creation Justice Ministries is calling on the ecumenical community to join in solidarity on this campaign.
In January of 2014, President Obama made the exciting announcement that he would recommend permanent Wilderness protection for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This recommendation comes in the form of a document called the Comprehensive Conservation Plan or “CCP” crafted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The President fulfilled his promise on April 3rd by completing the official Record of Decision for the CCP, transmitting his recommendation to Congress. In addition to centuries of Native wisdom, policy-makers have also been equipped with a Western-style scientific document that makes a strong case to protect the refuge.
There is action in Congress, also. In January of 2015, Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced legislation titled “The Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act” (HR 239) that would designate 1.5 million acres of wilderness along the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Such a designation would protect the Refuge against oil and gas development, preserving its pristine, fragile ecosystem from the roads, pipelines, and oil derricks that accompany such exploration.
Share on Social Media
Please donate your social media status to this important cause.
Go to Creation Justice Ministries' Facebook photo album and choose an image to share that speaks to you personally.
You can also re-tweet Creation Justice Ministries' tweet at #WeAreTheArctic
or use one of the model tweets below.
We must protect one of God’s most spiritual places! Tell Congress #WeAreTheArctic: creationjustice.org/arctic
We stand with Native communities that rely on the Refuge. Tell Congress to protect it: creationjustice.org/arctic #WeAreTheArctic
Our Native brothers and sisters need to live off their land. Tell Congress to protect the Refuge! #WeAreTheArctic creationjustice.org/arctic
God created heaven and earth and called us as stewards. Protect the #ArcticRefuge. #WeAreTheArctic creationjustice.org/arctic
“And God saw that it was good.” – Genesis 1:25. Protect the Arctic Refuge: Our Common Home. creationjustice.org/arctic #WeAreTheArctic
Help us protect the #ArcticRefuge, the sacred place where life begins. creationjustice.org/arctic #WeAreTheArctic