Gwich’in natives travel to Washington to square off with George W. Bush and Alaska’s pro-drilling congressional leaders. In the past, the ‘impact’ of drilling has been perceived to be a local environmental issue – relevant, surely, to the caribou and the Gwich’in but who else? The disastrous implications of climate change have certainly changed that attitude. ANWR is not a local issue anymore; it is a global issue. The burning of fossil fuels affects us all as global citizens not as local ones; therefore, Alaskans, Americans, the people of Tuvalu, all have something at stake. With respect to climate change, Buckminster Fuller said it best: “think globally, act locally.” It is now time to recognize alternatives globally and to put those alternatives into practice locally.

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