The Campion Advocacy Fund is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our many partners in the We Are the Arctic campaign as we throw everything we have into the fight to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – the “Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” Bringing these diverse voices together to protect the Arctic Refuge complements the work of other organizations working to prevent oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
We are using all of the tools in our toolbox to advance this issue, from field trips to the Refuge with decision-makers in tow, multimedia (films, books, photography), lobbying, social media, and good old-fashioned grassroots organizing. By deploying them together – along with our partners – we are advancing a strong strategic campaign. While there is much work left to do, great progress has been made.
In 2015, President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell showed tremendous leadership by releasing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan that for the first time recommended wilderness status as the preferred management approach for millions of acres on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the White house video announcing the decision below, then explore this collection of resources, blogs, and partners affiliated with our effort to permanently protect the Refuge.
A shortsighted attempt to turn Arctic refuge into oil field (The following Op-Ed was authored by Tom Campion and originally published in the Seattle Times on December 22, 2016.) The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will not survive without the engagement of everydayMore ›
Good news! Thanks to President Obama, 98% of the Arctic Ocean was permanently withdrawn from oil and gas exploration. American history was made today. The conservation legacy of President Barack Obama was secured, recognizing that the Arctic Ocean is ground zero forMore ›
The Gwich’in people of Alaska and Northern Canada have fought for three decades to protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and other threats. Today outdoor apparel company Patagonia and non-profit conservation group AlaskaMore ›
In October 2015, following a transformative trip to Kaktovik, Alaska, children’s book author/illustrator, teacher, coach, father, and activist Erik Brooks embarked on a unique show of support for protecting the Coastal Plain of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. In a letter to President Obama, Erik promised toMore ›
Grantee Spotlight: From the Arctic to Everyone’s Backyard As a keystone grantee in our Alaska Advocacy strategy, Audubon Alaska plays a critical role in conservation efforts in the regions of Alaska that are priorities for the Foundation: the Western Arctic,More ›
By Lorraine Netro The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has deep significance for individuals across the United States, particularly for the Gwich’in nation who have a strong connection to this special place. Gwich’in like myself call the Arctic Refuge “Iizhik Gwats’anMore ›