Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.

In a last-ditch effort to destroy wildlife and provide a gift to the fossil fuel industry, President Trump and his administration began a last-minute leasing process for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). While it’s unclear if the process can be completed in the remaining two months Trump has in office, it’s clear the administration is taking steps.

Source: Bloomberg Quicktake: Now/Youtube

The Bureau of Land Management, the agency in charge of leasing and auction, asked drillers to “describe the tract(s) you are nominating for leasing or providing comments on” areas on the refuge’s Coastal Plain. President-elect Biden opposes opening up the area for drilling. ANWR is an area with wildlife including caribou and polar bears, among dozens of others. It’s also an area with extensive oil and gas opportunities.

Animal and environmental activists have been protesting additional drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, even more so since the Trump administration opened up the area for drilling in 2017. Environmentalists are speaking out against the current move. Earthjustice, an organization that’s part of the multiple groups suing the administration over its exploitation of the ANWR, called the move “midnight effort to sell off irreplaceable lands in the refuge before a new day dawns.”

Read more about the area, including Polar Bears in Danger of Being Buried Alive as their Dens Go Undetected During Oil Drilling and Trump Administration Plans to Open Up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge For Oil Drilling.

Sign this petition to end drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Also, don’t forget to download the Food Monster App on iTunes — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!