Once a year, Alaska Wilderness League hosts Alaska Wilderness Week, an activism and leadership training in Washington, DC. Attendees learn about issues impacting public lands and waters in Alaska including industrial threats to these areas and how global warming – which Alaska is experiencing at a disproportionately high rate – already affects wild lands and waters. They also learn about wildlife populations and Alaska Native communities, and hear first-hand accounts of experiences in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska’s wild and beautiful public lands are under the jurisdiction of a Republican president, a Republican-controlled Senate and a Republican-controlled House. We have seen their drive to turn these ecosystems into oil fields and must continue to fight back. The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017 included provisions opening the Arctic Refuge to development, and is just one of many Republican attempts to hand our public lands over to Big Oil. That’s why it is more important than ever that we continue to work at home and in DC to assure this never happens.
Now, more than ever, our elected officials in Washington, DC, must see that people across the country want our public lands protected. Bring your voice and join us May 19 – 23 in Washington, DC, for Wilderness Week 2018! Apply here today. Applications will be accepted until April 9, 2018.
The 2017 Alaska Wilderness Week was held in early March in Washington, DC, and more than 40 people from all across the country were able to meet with 60 Congressional offices including face-to-face meetings with six members of Congress. We are excited to build on the success of last Wilderness Week! We our focusing our recruitment on a number of states whose elected officials will prove to be most critical during upcoming fights to protect the Arctic Refuge. If you have any questions about our recruitment efforts or Wilderness Week in general, please email monica[at]alaskawild[dot]org.
Please note: Wilderness Week involves a significant amount of walking. You will walk from our office to both the House and Senate office buildings as well as back and forth between the buildings over the course of three days “storming the Hill.”
Getting the Training
By attending grassroots, media and advocacy training and listening to panels comprised of leaders from the conservation and Alaska Native communities, Wilderness Week attendees develop the skills that they need to be effective Alaska advocates and carry the message home to build support for Alaska’s wild lands.
Meeting Your Members of Congress
Following the training, Wilderness Week activists will have the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and ask them to keep Alaska wild.
Taking Your Skills Home
At the end of the week, attendees will return home equipped with the skills and inspiration to continue the work of protecting wild Alaska. You are encouraged to create your own plan of action based on the education and outreach techniques learned throughout the week and implement that plan when you get home. And you will be supported throughout the process by the Alaska Wilderness League field staff. Many past attendees have had articles and letters to the editor published in their local papers following their trips to Washington!