I pledge to stand with the Gwich'in

The Trump administration is hastily reviewing the impacts of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Drilling in the Refuge--the calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd during the summer--is a blatant violation of human rights. Such activity will not only harm herds of the Porcupine caribou--a subspecies of reindeer--that call the Arctic home, it will threaten the livelihoods of the Gwich’in people who have depended on the Porcupine Caribou Herd for generations. 

The Gwich’in call the coastal plain “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” or “the sacred place where life begins.” The coastal plain is the calving and nursery grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. Because of the coastal plain’s relative lack of predators and its abundance of food for caribou, the Refuge is a safe haven for newborn calves. Oil drilling or any industrial activity would be devastating to caribou calves.

Following the leadership of First Nations and Indigenous leaders isn’t just a winning strategy; it’s the right thing to do.

Photo credit: Peter Mather

I pledge to #StandWithTheGwichin

I pledge to stand with the Gwich'in and protect the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas drilling.