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Caribou and Carbon Colonialism: Toward a Theology of Arctic Place

Marion Grau

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227457.003.0022

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Caribou and Carbon Colonialism: Toward a Theology of Arctic               Place

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This chapter presents a case study of the hotly embattled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), a remote, roadless region in the bush of northern Alaska. ANWR is located several hundred miles north of the city of Fairbanks. Some have contended that “the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge is the most fought-over chunk of wilderness in the world.” One main source of the opposition to drilling in ANWR comes from indigenous Athabascans, the Gwich'in nation in particular, who fear that fossil fuel extraction will significantly impact the life and migratory patterns of the Porcupine caribou herd that is the foundation of their life and culture.

Keywords: ecological theology; theopolitics; Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Gwich'in

Chapter.  8024 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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