The Artic Refuge, and why it needs to be saved

A family of ducks swim across one of the many rivers that inhabit The Arctic Refuge

The Arctic Refuge is the largest national wildlife refuge in the country.

It is located in North Eastern Alaska, and it is in danger.

As of September 2020, the Trump administration finalized an allowance to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Refuge.

“The administration’s reckless, relentless boosting of the oil industry will irrevocably damage this cherished place and compound the global climate crisis,” NRDC President Gina McCarthy said.

Not only is the Trump Administration allowing oil drilling, they also are allowing Seismic Testing on the coastal plain, which is very damaging to the environment.

Seismic Testing is the process where an image of the subsurface is taken. It is commonly used to find oil.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that a likely seismic testing scenario could result in the death or injury of approximately 15 polar bears, which would negatively affect the already declining population.

On Jan. 6, 2021, the bidding for oil opened.

Animals are not the only ones who would be greatly effected, the Indigenous people who inhibit the land would suffer a tremendous loss.

“This is an egregious intrusion into the sacred lands of the Gwich’in and other Indigenous people,” McCarthy said.

The Gwich’in people have lived in the Arctic refuge for thousands of years, and the Trump Administration has completely disregarded these people,

The animals they rely on would be pushed to extinction due to oil drilling, therefore taking away the Indigenous groups way of life.

The Trump administration is trying to sell the land before President Donald Trump leaves office, and President-Elect Joe Biden takes office.

Losing one of the most untouched, pristine, and peaceful places on earth would be a great tragedy for our planet, and human life.

By drilling this oil, it takes away a part of the planet we are already so fast. Humans are destroying the last parts of untouched earth, for the money gain.

The money gained will last a short time, while the damaged environment will be ever-lasting.