Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Religious leaders and faith organizations have long voiced support to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Gwich'in people. In September 2019, religious organizations and denominations sent a letter to Congress urging that the Arctic Refuge protected from oil exploration and drilling. Faith leaders and religious organizations reacted to the news that Congress passed legislation in December 2017 that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling in the tax package. Black church state leaders urged Congress to remove the Arctic Refuge drilling provisions out of the tax reform bill. Leaders of national and regional religious organizations sent a letter to Congress urging protection for the Refuge. Catholic nuns in New York and Pennsylvania also sent a letter to Congress. Click here for a statement from Creation Justice Ministries and the Evangelical Environmental Network and the Religious Action Center.