In June, President Obama said, "we can't just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face." Interior Secretary Jewell recently echoed this sentiment and when talking about the Arctic, said that "some places are just too special to drill."
In June, President Obama said, "we can't just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face." I am hopeful that the president will heed his own advice, and keep our Arctic Ocean safe from dirty and dangerous oil drilling.
Few of us will ever venture past the 60-mile boundary that separates Earth and outer space. If you do, though, you're likely to experience something known as "the overview effect" -- a cognitive shift in how you perceive our planet.
The infrastructure to clean up a spill in the Arctic Ocean is non-existent -- the U.S. Coast Guard is 1,000 miles away -- and there is no demonstrated response capability. The Arctic's harsh and chaotic environment would make any cleanup effort a nightmare.
I live in a culture with close ties to the Arctic. Much of our traditional lands are above the polar circle. I also live in a culture where all questions are considered environmental questions. I was taught that if I show care for our nature, I also show care for myself and the people I love.
While politics between the two poles are literally polar opposites, campaigning to protect these last frontiers from unbridled exploitation have much in common. The Arctic, like the Antarctic 25 years ago, is at a crossroads.
Millions have been calling for a global sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole. Because we know that despite the big promises of being the best in the business, Shell was in fact putting the Arctic at risk every day it operated there.