PM discusses Arctic Refuge with environmental leaders
Left image - Front Row: Elizabeth May, Norma Kassi, Paul Martin, David Suzuki. Back Row: Ken Madsen, Larry Bagnell (MP for Yukon), Monte Hummel, Glen Davis. Photos by Brigitte Bouvier.
On September 8, 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin met with Canadian environmental leaders at 24 Sussex in Ottawa to discuss the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
In a change from U.S. practice over the past 25 years, the government of the United States plans to allow oil drilling in the Refuge, a pristine arctic environment located in Alaska.
The decision could have significant impacts on Canda's environment and people. Over 100,000 Porcupine caribou spend summers in the Refuge and winter in Canada, providing an essential resource to the Gwitchin people of northern Yukon. This herd is supposed to be managed and conserved through a Canada-U.S. agreement in place since the late 1980's.
The purpose of the meeting was to thank the Prime Minister for his strong statements in support of the refuge and against drilling. Monte Hummel of WWF presented the PM with two volumes of signatures on the refuge (approx. 70,000 names) from the donotdrill.ca website.
Address by Prime Minister Paul Martin at the Economic Club of New York - Arctic Refuge