Save the Date! The Conservation Alliance Breakfast – January 30, 2020

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Photo by Kirsten Blackburn

The Conservation Alliance Breakfast – Arrive Tired, Leave Inspired! 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:00-9:00 AM
The Hyatt, Capitol Ballroom, 650 15th Street, Denver, CO

A Refuge at Risk:  Fighting for Human Rights, Climate Justice and Unmatched Adventure in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

A presentation by Gwich’in Elder Lorraine Netro, climate justice organizer and writer Maia Wikler, and professional climber Tommy Caldwell.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the wildest places on earth. For the first time in 50 years, the biological heart of the refuge—the Coastal Plain—is no longer protected from oil and gas development. Join us for presentations by three Arctic advocates with personal stories to tell about their experience and connection to this spectacular place.

Lorraine Netro (left) is from the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon Canada. With the traditional teachings of her mom and grandmothers and achievements in both worlds, she provides leadership for her people in advocating for protection and conservation of our Sacred Lands and Animals for all future generations. She serves on multiple boards and has been committed to protection efforts of the calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd for three decades.

Tommy Caldwell (center) is a father, climate activist, and professional rock climber. He completed the first free ascent of Dawn Wall in January of 2015, and the first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia in February of 2014. In the summer of 2019, Tommy took a life changing trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to witness first hand what’s at stake.

Maia Wikler (right) is an anthropologist, climate justice organizer and writer. Her most recent work appears in Teen Vogue and VICE. In June 2019, as a member of The North Face New Explorers Arctic Expedition, Maia journeyed to the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to report the impacts of the ongoing environmental and human rights crisis from the fossil fuel industry and climate change. She will be returning to the Arctic in March to direct a short documentary film on the Arctic Refuge featuring Jody Potts and Quannah Chasinghorse.

The Conservation Alliance Breakfast is open to the public, so please bring a friend!