Every Day I Remind Myself Why I’m in This Fight

Alex Levinson, Executive Director
Date: December 10, 2017
My wife Kim, my daughter Eleanor, my son Paul, and I—tired but happy at the end of a recent trip into Yosemite National Park’s wilderness. We hiked to Lyell Canyon’s golden meadows, granite walls, and thundering waterfalls.

I’m not going to lie to you. This has been a difficult year.

Every day I remind myself why I’m in this fight: my son Paul and my daughter Eleanor. Since they were young, my wife Kim and I have taken them on summer backpacking trips to the Sierras, the Rockies, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and other wild lands in America.

We made many of our family’s favorite memories carefully working our way across flooded streams, or devouring reconstituted spaghetti mush at the end of a long day’s hike.

This year, I’ve heard from many supporters like you who worry that their children and grandchildren will never experience the natural beauty of our country.

Because Trump and anti-environmental extremists in Congress are hell-bent on selling America’s best wild places to private companies so they can: drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean; mine for gold in the world’s healthiest salmon rivers in Alaska; cut down California’s giant sequoia trees; and remove marine protections off the California coast and in the Pacific Ocean.

We are fighting the Trump administration’s reckless attacks on marine monuments and sanctuaries that protect Pacific ocean life like the green sea turtle and Hawaiian monk seal—one of the rarest marine mammals in the world (Credit: NOAA)

We can’t let the President and his cronies steal our nation’s public lands, waters, and wild places from our children and grandchildren.

Together with supporters like you, Pacific Environment has helped stop Big Oil from drilling in the Arctic Ocean—a fight we helped initiate over a decade ago when few were paying attention. And we are not stopping now. Will you join us and make a generous year-end gift today?

Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a room full of oil executives in Anchorage: Alaska is “open for business.”

Since then, the Trump administration and members of Congress indebted to companies that pollute for profit have launched the most serious attack on the Arctic I can remember.

They want to allow offshore oil drilling; greenlight a toxic mega-mine in Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay; and open the fragile Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Big Oil.

Why? Because they want to sell America’s lands and oceans to the highest bidder—even though most Americans want to protect our natural treasures for future generations.

We are in this fight for the long haul. Pacific Environment is organizing local campaigns and online mobilizations, and we are ready to defend our Arctic and Pacific natural treasures in court. Join our fight and make your most generous year-end gift today.

Thank you for all you do to protect our country’s natural heritage.