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"Our task is nothing less than to join God in preserving, renewing and fulfilling the creation. It is to relate to nature in ways that sustain life on the planet, provide for the essential material and physical needs of all humankind, and increase justice and well-being for all life in a peaceful world." 1991 Called to Care Annual Conference Statement

Now is the time to call on the President and Congress to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1960 as a way to protect over 19 million acres of land and water in Alaska. The Refuge acts as home to countless species and is called "the sacred place where life begins" by the Gwich'in for its role in providing birthing grounds for caribou and polar bears as well as sustenance for their people.

However, the Refuge has also long been the target for oil drilling. Drilling in the Refuge would lead to irreversible damage to its delicate ecosystems while also destroying the cultural heritage of Alaska Native groups.

President Obama has made a recommendation to Congress to designate more than 12 million acres within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness, protecting it from future threats. Now, we want to see the President and Congress recognize the importance of the Refuge by permanently protecting it from oil and gas development.

As members of the faith community, Brethren are invited to call on our governmental leaders to act as stewards of God's Creation by protecting this fragile and majestic ecosystem. To take action, consider signing this petition:

In Christ's peace,

Katie Furrow
Food, Hunger, and Gardening Associate
Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness
and Global Food Crisis Fund
Washington, DC

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