The Alaskan wilderness is one of the world’s wildest places. But its pristine nature is threatened by heavy industry. In this episode, Emil Ekvardt of Great.com spoke with Adam Kolton from Alaska Wilderness League about the importance of preserving this natural landscape for Indigenous people and our climate.
Ancient Forests, Tundra and Wetlands
Alaska is the home of more than 100 million acres of wild public land. Alaska Wilderness League acts like a watchdog, pressuring politicians to block industrial expansion into this land. Adam explains that the organization mobilizes public support against efforts such as logging in the Tongass National Forest, an oil and gas leasing program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and mineral mining near the important headwaters of Bristol Bay.
Listen to the whole interview to find out why Alaskan survival depends on a diversified local economy. You can also subscribe to hear about Alaska Wilderness League’s latest initiatives. Every voice counts in the battle to preserve arctic ecosystems for future generations.