ANWR Campaign

Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by GrowWNYAdmin

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Action Alert: ANWR Campaign

Calling all friends and members of the Western New York Environmental Alliance!

The WNYEA is excited to announce that we have teamed with the Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wilderness League to engage in a campaign in New York State to protect the precious Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is a public place jointly owned by all Americans. It is a remote wilderness that is home to diverse plants and wildlife including Polar Bear, Caribou and numerous bird species. The biodiversity of the place helps to support a healthy planet. It was designated as a wildlife refuge in 1960 to protect our unique wildlife, wilderness, and recreational values. It is a globally significant natural resource. Today, it is in jeopardy.

As you may know, President Trump and Republicans in Congress are aggressively pursuing a plan to open the refuge to drilling for oil. The Congressional House Budget Committee 2018 Budget Resolution includes items that will permit oil exploration and drilling. Activities associated with the intrusion into this wild area, include the building of roads and pipelines, transport of equipment and resources, and dramatic displacement and destruction of wildlife and fragile arctic wilderness habitat. This irrevocably damage natural assets that have great value to life on earth including ours. In addition, use of fossil fuels will enable and expand human caused climate change.

Exploitation of ANWR for fossil fuels simply continues to send us in the wrong direction. If we do not stop this now, our lives and the lives of future generations will suffer irrevocable damage.

During the next several weeks, the House and Senate are looking at an overall Appropriations Bill that including drilling and exploitation in this Refuge. The bill links profits from this private extraction to US fiscal stability. They are using this to justify a budget that includes tax breaks for corporations and the rich. The fact that this is deeply hidden in the appropriations bill is not well known and is the focus of this action alert. We are sounding the alarm, and we need your help!

The Defenders of Wildlife have asked us to help inform three NYS Congressional Representatives and their constituents of opposition to the ANWR drilling legislation. They Are:

John Faso-R, NY-19th District (Capital Region, Catskill, Hudson Valley )

John Katko NY-24th District (Oswego, Fulton, Syracuse)

Elsie Stefanik, NY-21 (Plattsburg, Watertown, Saratoga Springs)

You are receiving this Action Alert because these individuals may represent your district or you may know someone or an organization that is in their districts.

What can you do? 

We need to ACT NOW. The Appropriations Bill may be voted upon before the end of November.

1. Spread the Word!

Please circulate this letter/email to members of your organization, friends and colleagues, and to other organizations that you think would be helpful and interested in taking action.

2. Sign Our Letter

Read and sign on to our letter which will be sent to the three Congressional Representatives, Faso, Katko, and Stefanik. You can sign on here.

3. Meet with Your Congressman

Ask for a meeting with these representatives or their staffs. The Defenders of Wildlife and the WNYEA will provide training and coordination for these meetings. If you are interested in this, click here and we will contact you.

4. Write a Letter

Help to write and send Letters to the Editor. Want to learn how? Click here.

5. Join Our Mailing List

Visit our website and sign up for the WNYEA Newsletter for updates and information

Please reach out to us with suggestions, other groups or organizations that you think may be helpful, and contact updates. Thank you for your support!

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