Like a small crack in a windshield, a road to the Ambler Mining District could send consequences throughout the vast tracts of intact wildland this proposed 211-mile industrial intrusion would traverse. For a glimpse at the potential ramifications on wildlife, we need look no further than birds.
Fairbanks has been a flourish of grassroots activity since the election. The energy is palpable. I cannot count the number of people asking, “what can I do?” There is an incredibly rooted energy that runs deep within Fairbanks between groups and individuals that have been sharing their energy and emotional capital for years, in some cases decades or generations.
Over the course of May 2016, protests loosely linked by the #BreakFree and Keep It In The Ground movements rocked 6 continents, mobilizing over 30,000 people in direct action toward a more just and sustainable energy future. Protestors called to stop mining of all remaining fossil fuel reserves and shift to a 100% renewable energy economy. They argued for an end to oil and gas leases on public lands, in order to begin the transition away from fossil-based fuels and lay the groundwork for sustainable and socially just economies.
It was a blustery day on the airstrip at Kaktovik. The sudden gusts made you stiffen, turn your back from the sprawling sea of ice, and reach deep into your pockets for warmth. There stood the famed renegade, Edward Abbey, in a frozen stance, waiting for the morning plane. He had just floated the Kongakut River…