Thursday, May 23, 2013

From our partners at the National Council of Churches:

Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the world's largest wild sockeye salmon fishery, which has supported the subsistence livelihoods of the Bay’s Native Alaskans for thousands of years. This stunning piece of Creation is now under threat from a proposed open pit mine that would destroy the salmon habitat and cause irreversible damage to God’s Earth and God’s people.

Add your voice to the call for permanent protection of Bristol Bay.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued their Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, which describes the damage that large scale development such as the proposed Pebble Mine could pose to the Bay’s clean waters, fish, wildlife, and people. Click here to read the NCC’s press release in support of the Watershed Assessment.

We stand with the Native Alaskans and commercial fisherman who depend on the health of Bristol Bay’s fishery, and ask the EPA to use the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay from the irreparable harm the proposed mine would cause God’s people and Creation in and around the Bay. Click here to send your message to the EPA asking them to permanently protect the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery, 14,000 American jobs, and a Native way of living that is thousands of years old. 

Thanks to Katherine Carscallen for the photo of Father Yako from Chignik Lake.