(This piece originally appeared on the Voile V-Team Backcountry Blog.) When 18 Alaskans set out last Spring for the 2019 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic, it didn’t occur to anybody that the whole group would be shut down by Alaska’s changing climate.
Alaska Wilderness League had a busy week recently in Washington, D.C., defending the Tongass National Forest from the Trump administration’s efforts to remove Roadless Rule protections.
Trump’s assault on climate and public lands has put vulnerable communities at risk. Under his leadership, millions of acres of public lands have been opened to the energy industry and crucial protections have been rolled back on Indigenous lands.
This summer, Gwichyaa Zhee/Fort Yukon hosted the first ever Arctic Indigenous Climate Summit.