Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Protect Alaska's ecosystems

Climate change is warming the Arctic at twice the rate of the rest of the planet -- with the Pacific region off Alaska's coast warming faster than many other Arctic regions.

As it warms, it threatens to change forever the face of the Arctic. The melting of Alaska's sea ice is depriving walruses and seals of important habitat, and it's threatening polar bears with extinction. Even worse, the warming of Arctic waters threatens to destabilize the food web and impact all of its animals -- from the smallest krill to the largest whales.

If we're to stabilize the Arctic's ecosystems and protect its unique and threatened species, we'll need to halt the march of climate change -- and we can't keep doing that as long as we're still extracting more oil. As the Biden administration reviews plans to open the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) to oil drilling, I urge you to recognize the threat climate change poses to our planet and bar oil development from the NPR-A.