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Students who care

April 27, 2018
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

On May 4 the students from Room 134, Lake Placid Middle School, will be having some of their essays featured with wildlife photographer Robert Thorpe's amazing photographs. Over the past several months we have been learning about the threat of oil drilling on the Arctic Coastal Plain, which is part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The natives of the area depend upon the Porcupine caribou as a primary source of their dietary needs, and those caribou are being threatened by this potential drilling. The coastal plain is where the caribou migrate to give birth; it has been a place of safety and refuge. This is the area is under threat.

BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake will be featuring our essays along with Robert Thorpe's extraordinary photography beginning May 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. In our room we have stopped to consider, "What if they were doing this to the Adirondacks? How would we feel?" When we stop and think of this, it really hits home, and we want to speak up and make our voices heard.

We invite you and our community to enjoy the breathtaking images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Gwich'in people, and other images of interest concerning this dilemma. We need to address these issues and care; it could just as easily be us.


Sandra Ashley

Lake Placid



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