Duane and Ben Greuel in the Arctic Refuge last summer.
Last summer, my son Ben and I hiked across the tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge together (that's us in the picture on the right). We backpacked across the 20 million acre refuge, and the silence was awe-inspiring -- as were the views and the wildlife. I came home to Wisconsin determined to protect this pristine wilderness.
Now we have an amazing opportunity to protect a huge part of the Refuge, once and for all. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to hear from us over the next month to help them decide whether or not to recommend the coastal plain of the Refuge as a Wilderness Area. This would protect it from oil and gas drilling. We need thousands of petition signatures from your friends and neighbors to make it clear that the public demands protection for the Refuge!
Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments for another month. Sierra Club and our allies plan to collect half a million comments before the deadline -- and we need your help to do that.
Sierra Club will give you everything you need to be successful -- petitions, fact sheets, and tips. We'll have regular calls with organizers and policy experts to answer your questions. You can collect signatures face-to-face, or you can get your friends to do it through Facebook, Twitter and email.
Everyone who collects at least 50 signatures will get a poster commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Arctic Refuge is one of our last remaining vast and pristine wilderness areas. Its coastal plain is home to wildlife like polar bears and caribou. In fact, the Gwitch'in people of the Arctic call it the “Sacred Place Where Life Begins” because it's where the caribou birth their young. But oil and gas companies want to turn this pristine place into an industrial zone. We can't let that happen.