ARCTIC REFUGE PROTECTION
In association with Patagonia, Care2, & Keep Alaska Wild; I've been asked to help support a cause that I truly believe in. Alaska's 19 million acre Wild Life Refuge is one of the last few intact landscapes in America. This Wild Life Refuge is a global treasure and also known as home to polar bears, brown bears, wolves, muskoxen, and many other threatened species and forms of life.
Big Oil has over decades targeted the coastal plain for drilling because it's not currently protected, but now the Alaska Wilderness is threatened more than ever. With a pro-oil administration, fossil fuel industries are working quick to exploit the Arctic Refuge as a resource.
Many politicians claim that this 19-Million Acre land is barren landscape, stating there is simply "nothing out there", but I have personally seen these landscapes for myself many of times. I have seen that they aren't inhabitable but home to many forms of life.
I'm going to be sharing some photos from various trips of my experiences in Alaska to show you what Ive seen through my own eyes. To show you what's worth protecting.
From the first time I saw this beautiful landscape for landscape for myself, it was on a plane between Seattle to anchorage. I had fallen asleep on the 6am flight only to wake up to the early November light falling on a see of mountains. I took this photo out the window with my iPhone.
As I took this photo all I could think about was John Muir's quote:
"No young man should visit Alaska in his early years, or he'll risk never being content with anywhere else he visits."
That same day the people I was meeting up with decided we had enough light to see some spots outside Anchorage on the Seward Highway. We proceeded to drive along the Seward Highway. I remember the Highway hugging the mountains running parallel to Turnagain arm, the ocean inlet shifting with ice pads spanning the entire length of it's mouth.
I knew from that moment Alaska would become a place I would visit routinely. It moved me, just standing and watching, even to this day I can recall what every sense was feeling.
The way the Ice met the sand beach, the lowlight touched the peaks of the surrounding ranges, just the way the cold met your face, illuminating every exhale, every sense felt so heightened.
This was how Alaska greeted me within it's first few hours on the ground.
Before I visited Alaska, my father used to tell me stories of his time living in Anchorage. He moved up to Anchorage at the age of 17 and lived there for 22 years. He used to tell me about old hunting trails he used to hike between O'Malley Peak and Little O'Malley Peak which today have become full ledge regulated trails but at that time were unmaintained.
He told me about the massive glacier that sat in Portage bay that used to break off so much Ice you could hardly navigate the lake in a canoe. (Which today the glacier resides out of sight on the far side of the lake.)
With American's growing need for energy, we don't only threaten the wildlife but the native tribe life as well. Many indigenous tribes living in Alaska for centuries have been protesting oil drilling in their indigenous lands. Many call their generational protest activism, but to them it's just the on going battle to protect their homes.
Don't permanently destroy an indescribable beauty for an impermanent source of energy.
PLEASE take action now, Sign this petition and protect these gorgeous lands. As I hope I've shown you, there's more than nothing out there.