A Message from Defenders of Wildlife

The news for polar bears is bleak — polar bears could disappear entirely from Alaska within 50 short years due to a drastic decline in Arctic sea ice. But Big Oil and their allies in Congress are willing to sell out our vanishing polar bears for a few barrels of oil. Well, I’m doing something to protect Arctic wildlife and our polar bear’s last stand — and I hope you will, too.

It’s easy to get involved — Just take action online at the website below:

http://action.defenders.org/arcticwilderness

Polar bears and other Arctic wildlife are facing a double-barreled threat from Congress and the Bush/Cheney Administration. President Bush is calling for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling in his budget. And Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have introduced legislation to link drilling plans to gas prices — despite federal estimates that such drilling would do next to nothing to reduce gas prices.

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would, however, threaten the most important land-based habitat that America’s vanishing polar bears have left.

Please urge your Senators to reject the latest Arctic Refuge drilling plans and permanently safeguard this special place by designating portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as federally protected wilderness — take action online now at:

http://action.defenders.org/arcticwilderness