Grantee Spotlight: Leading the Fight to Protect America’s Arctic
Campaigns are all about partnerships, and Alaska Wilderness League has been pulling together a broad, diverse and truly representative coalition of Americans in the fight to protect America’s Arctic from the relentless attempts by the oil industry to open it up to drilling. Working with Alaska Natives, the Outdoor Industry Association, veterans, African Americans, Latinos, celebrities and advocates from Alaska and across the Lower 48, the League works tirelessly to introduce and connect policymakers and their staff to this amazing but threatened land and ocean. And while there is much work left to do, great progress has been made. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Interior recommended wilderness status as the preferred management approach for millions of acres on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska Wilderness League has been a Campion grantee since 2006 and we are proud to support them as they throw everything they have into this fight. We stand shoulder to shoulder with them in the Arctic Coalition, with Campion Foundation Trustee Tom Campion serving as a director on the League’s board. Field trips to the Arctic Refuge with decision makers in tow, multimedia (films, books, photography), lobbying, social media and good old-fashioned grassroots organizing are all tools in the toolbox. By deploying them together – along with our partners – we are advancing a strong strategic campaign.