The most imperiled polar bear population in the world is facing a new threat this winter from Arctic drilling.
Only 900 Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears remain. New oil wells in their midst would be a disaster.
So we just launched a new legal action to save these bears. You can help with an urgent gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund. Thanks to a generous supporter, all gifts will be matched.
Before leaving office, the Trump administration approved a five-year, nearly year-round oil and gas exploration program in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska along the Colville River.
The area is currently free of oil and gas development, and the project needs the Biden administration's approval to drill any new wells.
We've let the U.S. Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management know we'll see them in court if they allow this desecration of the Arctic and threat to polar bears to proceed.
Exploring for oil in the area will lead to new ice roads and air strips and then near-constant traffic. That kind of noise pollution can stop polar bears from feeding, disrupt their movements, or frighten mothers and cubs from their dens.
But this polar bear population can't sustain any injuries or deaths from oil and gas activities. And polar bears in Alaska could go extinct within this century — and as early as mid-century — unless there are immediate, aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas pollution.
The Biden administration should be phasing out oil and gas development in the Arctic, not exposing imperiled wildlife to further harm and worsening the climate crisis.
Polar bears deserve a break. Arctic drilling has to become a thing of the past.
We're on watch for polar bears and all species facing extinction. We'll never give up fighting for them.
Please give to the Saving Life on Earth today and help us protect polar bears.
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