Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's happening in St. Paul: You're invited for tasty treats and tales about the melting Arctic

Alaskan Stellar sea lions – Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service (public domain)

Mention of Alaska always reminds me of a friend I made during tech school in Amarillo, Texas. She was from Alaska and very proud of it. She loved to sing this song while off duty in the WAF (Women in the Air Force) barracks:

 I like humpback salmon
Good ole humpback salmon
Caught by Alaska Fishermen
 I don't like T-bone steak
from steers they raise in Texas
Just give me fish
An' I don't give a darn
If I do pay taxes
I like humpback salmon
Good ole humpback Salmon...

I heard my friend sing that song back in 1959, the year Alaska became a state. Today, U.S. citizens in Alaska sure don't need the oil industry to endanger Alaska's wildlife and its fishing industry. That's why I'm pleased to publish at Katalusis this invitation from Lois Norrgard, Alaska Wilderness League:

Hi Virginia,

Join the League for an inspiring event!
Where: UMN St. Paul Campus, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
When: Monday, April 27, Reception- 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Presentations – 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
The oil industry doesn’t like to acknowledge climate change. It also denies the additional risks posed by drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean. But we’re working with two expert explorers that tell a different story.

Explorers David Thoreson and Joseph Robertson are eager to share their stories and inspire you. Together we can keep up the fight to protect this amazing and globally important region.

Come join us for tasty treats and tantalizing tales on Monday, April 27!
David Thoreson is the first American to sail the Northwest Passage from both directions. His striking work has appeared in a broad spectrum of media, from PBS and the Smithsonian, to a recent TED Talk. He’s witnessed firsthand the Arctic’s melting ice and the dramatic toll exacted by climate change in the region. He’s going to share stories of his exciting adventures with all of us.
Joseph Robertson travels to the far corners of the world to persuade peoples far and wide to curb their climate-upsetting greenhouse-gas emissions by actively reducing their fossil-fuel consumption, boosting their economies in the process.

After your fill of stories and solutions, you’ll feel so good about fighting the good fight for the Arctic Ocean and our planet. Join us! 

RSVP here.

Hope to see you soon,
Upper Midwest Region Field Staff

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