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Environment America launches new state group for Alaska
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Environment America launches new state group for Alaska

Alaska Environment is the 30th state-level organization of the national environmental advocacy organisation.

ANCHORAGE – Alaska Environment America is launching Alaska Environment, the 30th state-level group. Environment America has been active in Alaskan land conservation issues, including the restoration of the Roadless Rule in Tongass, protecting the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, and advocating against offshore oil drilling. This work will continue. With this new presence in Alaska, however, the organization’s capabilities to address a wide range of issues will grow.

Environment America President Wendy Wendlandt

Environment America has a long tradition of achieving positive change for our air and water. Our best work is done at the state level, and is fueled by local community support. Alaska’s beauty, size, and coastline make it a vital state to protect. It is also the perfect state to join our ranks.

Alaska Environments immediate agenda includes pushing to complete protections for Bristol Bay’s watershed from Pebble Mine and building support to a Right-to-Repair effort.

Alaska Environment will protect the Bristol Bay watershed’s fragile wetlands, wildlife, and healthy salmon runs. Part of that will be helping the coalition consisting of Alaskan groups to ensure that the overwhelming opposition to the mine is heard.

E-waste is toxic, and difficult to manage. E-waste, which includes the mineral components of new tractors and new cell phones, can be dangerously mined, even right here in Alaska. Unnecessary production of new products is another contributor to greenhouse gas pollution. This problem can be solved by fixing what is broken. Alaska Environments Right to Repair campaign aims to ensure that both consumers and repair shops have easy access to the tools and parts they need to fix their stuff.

Dyani Chapman will be the new Alaska Environments State Director to address these and other issues.

Chapman stated, “I am thrilled to expand the scope of our work in Alaska to more local problems.” Alaska has a front row seat to many of the world’s most pressing environmental crises. We have an important role to play in ensuring that this happens. I am so excited to partner with the community to ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauty and abundance of this amazing place.

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