I recently read of a local veteran who experienced the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (“Veteran treasures adventure of a lifetime”). As an Episcopal priest, I echo Doug Peters' words that the Arctic Refuge holds “esoteric powers and beauty.”
The Episcopal Church both nationally and locally supports protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We hope to preserve the ecological integrity of God’s creation and to safeguard the subsistence rights of the Gwich’in people, who have lived off its lands since time immemorial and with whom we stand in solidarity.
The ANWR is the calving grounds for the porcupine caribou herd and the source of the resources the Gwich’in rely on for their subsistence way of life. We have a responsibility to protect what God has created, and to protect it for future generations to experience and enjoy.
- The Rev. Charles Hensel, Gary