Dear Audubon Advocate,
This year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which has protected millions of acres of our most cherished landscapes. Yet one of the most wild and awe-inspiring places in America is still in desperate need of the Act’s protection—the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Send a message to President Obama and ask him to help permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Arctic Refuge is a haven for birds. Birds from six continents and all fifty states travel thousands of miles to nest here, taking advantage of the pristine habitat and bountiful foraging. But oil and gas interests continue to fight to drill on its coastal plain, the heart of the Refuge.
Drilling would eliminate and damage nesting habitat while worsening global warming, which threatens to unravel the fragile Arctic ecosystem. Wilderness protection would take drilling off the table, and the Obama administration is now considering whether to recommend this protection for the coastal plain.
Take action now and ask President Obama to help end the persistent threats to the Arctic Refuge and protect this extraordinary place forever.
The stakes are high, just as they were 50 years ago. President Lyndon B. Johnson summed it up best when he signed the Wilderness Act into law in 1964, declaring in his gravelly southern drawl,
“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”