18 May 2012 1.1 Million Americans Say No to Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling Posted by: William Lutz | 1 comment | Share: Alaska’s Chukchi sea is teeming with an incredible array of wildlife and is home to imperiled creatures such as polar bears, bowhead whales and spectacled eiders. Despite the importance and fragility of this region, the Obama administration agreed to let the Shell Oil Company drill there this summer. If a spill occurs in these waters, it could be far more difficult and costly to clean up than even the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Defenders’ staffers Lauren and Kaitlyn participated in the White House event organized by Alaska Wilderness League in cooperation with several other conservation groups including Sierra Club, 350.org, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Credo Action. Defenders staffers Lauren and Kaitlyn “I was thrilled to be a part of yesterday’s demonstration,” said Lauren. “While T-shirts, costumes and banners are designed to get attention, the real force behind the event was the more than one million voices our rally group represented. The Arctic may be very far away, but we all need to remember that our actions have profound effects on the region and we are ultimately responsible for those actions.” One Response to “1.1 Million Americans Say No to Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling” Dr. Peter Reinke June 17th, 2012 For outstanding efforts to help safeguard the Arctic, Barney will award you with a “Rescue the Arctic” pin (http://marty-creations.save-the-arctic.com/?p=444). We wish you all the best! Best regards Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.