Hearing that Shell is drilling in the Arctic Ocean just 12 miles from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one thing, but seeing it is another. To observe a drilling rig so close to the Coastal Plain of the refuge – vital habitat for caribou and polar bears – is chilling.
Fish and marine mammals are important sources of food for the town’s residents. Like other communities on Alaska’s North Slope, Barrow faces direct threats from the threat of oil spills, pollution from industrial development, and climate change.
Home to 45,000 caribou and millions of birds that migrate here from five continents, Teshekpuk Lake is part of the broader Arctic landscape that The Wilderness Society works to protect. I’m visiting this magnificent lake with staff members from our Alaska regional office before moving
As the new president of The Wilderness Society, I’m visiting Alaska’s Arctic to get a first-hand look at the landscapes we’re working to protect and the role oil drilling has on Alaska’s Arctic and its people.