America’s Arctic

Arctic Village, Alaska.
Arctic Village, Alaska.
America’s Arctic is one of the world’s most dynamic, intact ecosystems.

It is a true wonder of nature, teeming with life. The region exists entirely in northern Alaska above the Arctic Circle and includes three of our nation’s greatest wild treasures:
 

 
America’s Arctic is home to polar bears, walrus, seals, whales and much more. Alaska Natives have thrived there for thousands of years, living off the land and seas – it is one of the few places left where people still maintain a subsistence lifestyle.

Young Caribou. Credit: Gary Braasch
Young Caribou. Credit: Gary Braasch
Global warming is destroying this area faster than almost anywhere else in the world. The sea ice that is a vital part of the ecosystem is melting at an alarming rate – surpassing scientist’s predictions. Despite its obvious fragility, Big Oil sees a giant bull’s-eye over this national treasure: They want to drill no matter what the impacts. Drilling in America’s Arctic would imperil its expansive variety of wildlife and the people who have depended on it for thousands of years, while accelerating the destructive impacts of global warming.