The current administration budget under consideration includes opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to allow for drilling. Over the past several decades, several faith communities, religious leaders, congregants, and religious organizations have advocated to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Tens of thousands of the faithful, an unprecedented number in both its magnitude and diversity, have urged the Administration and Congress to protect this unique part of God’s creation that stands alone in its wilderness, ecological integrity, and beauty. The exploitation of fossil fuels that contribute to climate change threatens the ten thousand year-old subsistence practices of the Gwich’in people. Drilling would also threaten sacred spaces held in reverence by the Gwich’in people. Please consider writing a letter to your Congressman asking that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge stays out of the budget and for support of S.820 – A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.
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