Arctic Refuge began as an idea in January 2001, when Alaska residents Hank Lentfer and Carolyn Servid responded to proposals to drill in ANWR by sending a call to writers across the country. Just seven weeks later, the book was presented to Congress.
With contributions from President Jimmy Carter, Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Wendell Berry, Scott Russell Sanders, wildlife biologists, members of the Gwich'in Nation—whose lives depend on the caribou—and many others, Arctic Refuge presents a range of perspectives on ANWR's place in our world and the issues surrounding our use of energy and public lands. Together, these essays serve as a testimony to wild places and offer a sustainable vision for our world. Over a decade later, Arctic Refuge remains relevant as not only a record of the movement that saved ANWR, but also as a record of writing that arises from political moments and makes a lasting difference.
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Praise and Prizes
“This wonderful collection of testimonials truly brings home the natural beauty and cultural importance of the Arctic Refuge. This is not the predictable propaganda of special interest groups; it is the collective wisdom of thoughtful, articulate citizens. I recommend that you give it an earnest read.”
"An extraordinary collective effort that furthers the ability of literary activism to respond quickly and effectively to current issues. Here, too, is a reminder that the most powerful antidote to industry's qualitative mind may be a collaboration of creative, soulful, and inspired writing.”
“Yoking an activist desire to influence the debate surrounding proposed oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the rapid publication now possible with e-book technology, Alaska residents Lentfer and Servid compiled and completed this powerful collection of 31 essays, letters and poems in eight weeks."
“This collection of essays warns of the dangers of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, making arguments that both supporters and detractors of the proposal should consider.”
“In short (and sometimes quite moving) essays and poems, scientists, native Alaskans, and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter warn against drilling for oil in the Arctic national Wildlife Refuge.”
“This is one of the most important books of the year. Highly recommended.”