We Are the Arctic

Protecting the coastal plain

A campaign to permanently protect the remote, life-sustaining coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Beautiful images from ten of the world’s best conservation photographers showcase the vast beauty of this untouched wilderness. A range of voices, from Terry Tempest Williams to former president Jimmy Carter, share, through eloquent essays, precisely why this place is so special to them. Every American has a stake in what happens to this public land.

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Bella Parra / Alaska Wilderness League activist, age 12

Genevieve Chase / founder, American Women Veterans

Robert Thompson / anti-drilling Inupiat adventure guide

Karsten Heuer / author of Being Caribou; Canadian environmentalist

Nick Jans / Alaskan author of eleven books including A Wolf Called Romeo

Lorraine Netro / Gwich'in leader, Old Crow, Yukon

Bishop MacDonald / Indigenous Bishop of Canada (former Bishop of Alaska)

Mark Magana / founder, Green Latinos

Lenny Kohm / National Outreach Coordinator, Alaska Coalition

Jimmy Carter / former president; Arctic champion

David Allen Sibley / ornithologist, renowned guidebook author/artist

Jim Campbell / Vietnam veteran, Alaska businessman, wilderness guide

Terry Tempest Williams / author, poet, Arctic activist

Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) /  conceptual artist, musician, author, multi-media performer

Rue Mapp / founder, Outdoor Afro

Princess Lucaj / Gwich'in leader, writer, actor, director

Senator Harry Reid / Arctic champion in the US Senate

Miho Aida / filmmaker, "When Gwich'in Women Speak"

George Schaller / legendary wildlife biologist

Kit DesLauriers / extreme ski mountaineer and North Face Athlete

Stacy Bare / veteran, director Sierra Club Outdoors

Heather Zichal / former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

Ted Alvarez / journalist, Backpacker magazine

Florian Schulz / conservation photographer

Tom Campion / business leader, outdoor-industry retailer, Arctic activist