We remain committed to the work ahead.
Photo by Malkolm Boothroyd
Today, a United States District Court ruled against Northern Center and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Willow project in the Arctic, holding that ConocoPhillips may proceed with development of this dangerous and irresponsible oil and gas project.
“We are incredibly disappointed that ConocoPhillips will be allowed to move forward with construction for the Willow project,” said Emily Sullivan, communications director for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. “This decision was handed down despite proven impacts to climate, the health and safety of communities, and food security on the North Slope. We remain committed to halting progress on this disastrous project.”
Stay tuned for more information on this issue and how you can stay involved.
Connect with Northern Center staff at our annual Night for the North, Friday 11/17
Northern Center staff bonded over food, games, and snow on retreat in Girdwood this week.
Northern Center staff took a trip to Girdwood together to connect and touch base in person this week. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be together in person, and look forward to bringing our renewed energy into our work.
You can see us in person next Friday starting at 6:30 PM, at Night for the North, where we will welcome our newest staff member, fill you in on our biggest updates, and auction off this year's original artwork among other incredible experiences. Get your tickets on our website, and bring a friend!
Public hearing on Ambler road highlights widespread opposition in Fairbanks
Photo by Katie McClellan during Fairbanks public hearing on 11/2
Emily Hikes joins us in a new part-time role supporting the Mining Impacts and Energy Program. In this role, she will add capacity to campaigns local to the Fairbanks area, with a primary focus on the Manh Choh ore trucking issue as well as Save Our Domes. We are so grateful to welcome Emily H. to the team. Emily H. can be reached at email@example.com.
After several years of managing projects in archives and hiking the woodlands of Pennsylvania and Maryland, Emily H. began contemplating a career change and a move westward. She was inspired to head west and north to live at the Yukon River crossing, where she worked serving locals and visitors, helped launch a sustainability program for the remote camp, and spent her free time seeing as much as she could from Prudhoe Bay to Homer.
Emily H. also made meaningful connections with the community of Fairbanks, which steered her decision to call it home. She continued to find ways of engaging with her newfound love of the Interior by teaching about Alaska landscapes and ways of life as a guide, helping run a community ski hill, and assisting in field work, all while continuing to soak up the bountiful flora and fauna and the year-round drama of the skies. She has always felt a strong connection to the natural world, and is excited to collaborate with her community in protecting its immanent qualities and supporting sustainable interactions for the wellbeing of all. Free time for her in summer is hiking, biking, and gardening, and winter is for cross country and downhill skiing. She is otherwise reading, drawing, or making jewelry from found natural objects.
Sunday 11/12: No Ore Haul Fundraiser
Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways and the Committee for Safe Communities are hosting an auction/fundraiser to support legal action against the Manh Choh ore haul.
The auction will begin at 4 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 4448 Pikes Landing Road in Fairbanks. Please bring an auction item (food is especially popular), your wallet, and your support of local residents fighting to keep Interior Alaska safe!
If you have questions, please reach out to Sean McGuire (907-888-0124) or Patrice Lee (907-799-9580).
Note: the next Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting regarding Manh Choh ore hauling is Thursday, November 16th, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Location is TBD.
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy.
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