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December 2020 News Brief–A winter reverie with Loki

Sharing the same space really matters. It helps us understand each other more fully, with compassion, and to better communicate the nuance when making a point, light heartedly ribbing a friend, sharing a favorite song by oversharing it, or dishing out another cinnamon roll–oh how I miss my mother’s homemade holiday cinnamon rolls! … Read More

Sprinting to court to stop the Arctic Refuge sell-off

We sprinted to court this week to stop the outgoing administration from selling off sacred and public lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during the last days of its term.
The motion requests a preliminary injunction that stops the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from issuing any leases and from authorizing any seismic exploration activities.… Read More

Alaska News Brief September 2020: A bedrock law in peril

The National Environmental Policy Act, affectionately called NEPA in the alphabet soup of environmental law, is the cornerstone law that requires the federal government to look at the environmental, economic, social, and health impacts of any decision that might impact the environment. 
It applies to federal permitting decisions like those related to logging, mining, transportation, oil and gas extraction, and infrastructure like pipelines. It also applies to consequential multi-year land management plans that can set out how federal lands may be subjected to extractive projects. 

Most important, it gives local people and the public generally the chance to participate in the federal decision-making process to convey their concerns, knowledge, approval, and disapproval.… Read More

We stand with the Gwich’in in court to protect sacred lands in the Arctic Refuge

The Gwich’in Steering Committee and allied groups took Interior to court today over a leasing program that would give the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil industry. The administration broke the law when trying to hand over sacred and public lands to international oil companies while disrespecting the human rights and lives that rely on this life-nourishing place. … Read More

Alaska News Brief August 2020: The Long term consequences of greed

Like a lot of you, I feel a sense of chaos and overwhelm more than usual these days. The feeling can make it hard to remember everything in the last three years that has challenged our ability as human beings to make the world just and livable for everyone. But it’s important to remember everything–all the pieces, and how they fit together in driving toward long-term outcomes.… Read More

Trump gives Arctic Refuge to Big Oil

The Trump administration adopted a devastating leasing and drilling plan that gives the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil industry. We must stop this attack on human rights, public lands, wildlife habitat and the climate crisis. … Read More

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