Attacks on Alaska

Trump is working to approve access to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest as a new destination for logging, the Washington Post reports.

But that’s not all Trump is working on.

“Trump has taken a personal interest in ‘forest management,’ a term he told a group of lawmakers last year…” –The Washington Post

Maybe we all missed something, but Trump has some beef with Alaska, and he has the state listed in multiple bullet points on his agenda, and he’s ready to fire away.

In addition to allowing new logging in the Tongass Nat’l Forest, he’s working toward repealing methane rules for the oil and gas industries (yet again). This isn’t being done quietly, either. The EPA continues to fight back by working on strengthening its interpretation of the legality behind air pollution from these types of industries, Inside Climate News reports.

And when it comes down to secluded land that’s in a state that’s remote from the US mainland, it’s tough to find a way to help to make an impact. There’s never harm in spreading the word, so please do so; however, there are certain organizations and activist groups that are taking action one step further with petitions and fundraisers.

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) created a pre-written petition, so all supporters need to do is fill in their contact info and submit the form, which will send the signed letter to President Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. They also welcome emergency donations, which “help power the legal battles and strengthen our work to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” Learn more about this climate surrender, why it’s on Trump’s radar, and what the EPA is doing to fight back.

During this dire time in nature between Trump’s aggressive attempts at moving forward with deforestation and the Amazon being engulfed in flames, CNN held a town hall regarding democrat’s plans for climate change. This global issue has always been somewhat of a back burner item, that is until now. CNN’s marathon of 10 back-to-back sessions with all of the 2020 Democratic candidates just brought the issue up to the forefront for potentially the very first time.

The town hall featured a live studio audience who asked the candidates drilling (no pun intended) questions. The New York Times reported that young voters were the ones who took the lead in asking candidates tough questions, bringing up their past actions or current partnerships with other politicians who have a hand in the fracking, oil, or other environmentally-harmful industries:

Sila Inanoglu, a high school student, asked Julián Castro, who supported fracking as mayor of San Antonio, “Why should we trust you as president to transition our economy to renewables?”

Ari Papahronis, a Columbia University student, asked Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota whether she would “take on the beef and dairy industries that have so much influence in our government” given the agriculture-rich state she represents.

And Isaac Larkin, a 27-year-old Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern, caused a stir when he asked former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., “How can we trust you to hold these corporations and executives accountable for their crimes against humanity when we know that tomorrow you are holding a high-dollar fund-raiser hosted by Andrew Goldman, a fossil fuel executive?”

“5 Takeaways From the Democrats’ Climate Town Hall” by Lisa Friedman and Maggie Astor, The New York Times

You can easily search further coverage and video clips of highlights online, but watching it all the way through is quite the chore… it lasted seven hours, after all.

Few have stacks of cash to spare, (aside from all the other things we spend dollars on each month – streaming services, memberships, Starbucks, etc. – just to put it into perspective) but no matter what, all of us have a voice. Join in on the fight against the surrender of Alaska’s forests and wildlife and all other threats that are destroying our planet. Spread the word today.

Keep a look out

Keep a look out

On this hike late April on Rattlesnake Mountain’s trail, a turkey was spotted. Big deal? Not so much, but proceed with caution and respect for the wildlife present.
Also, hiking in early spring can bring about rapid-changing weather conditions. Dress in layers and check weather reports frequently.