Save Our Salmon (S.O.S.) Campaign

Save Our Salmon!AYEA SOS

AYEA teens recently celebrated a huge victory in helping stop the Chuitna Coal Mine from destroying a salmon stream. Now they are working to make sure that we update the Alaskan laws that allow mines like the Chuitna.

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At the 2016 Youth Organizing Summit, teens planned a campaign to stop the Chuitna Coal Mine. Driven by their concern for youth organizer Janie Standifer’s home village, the precedent that the mine would set for Alaska, and the huge climate impact of coal, the teens set big goals to defeat the mine. They wrote articles, were interviewed by news media, posted all over social media, and presented in classrooms and at conferences about the threat. In December they held a rally outside the coal company’s office, asking them to pack out of Alaska.

In April, PacRim Coal, the company proposing the mine, announced that it was withdrawing its efforts to build. After all their hard work and hundreds of conversations about the mine, AYEA youth organizers were thrilled to hear the news of their success!

The Chuitna River, which runs right next to the Native Village of Tyonek, remains a pristine salmon fishing ground. You can catch Janie Standifer cutting fish with her family at the river this summer.

AYEA is not done with their activism. With the huge win behind them, teens are now supporting HB 199, a law to update our salmon habitat protections. These laws have not been updated since statehood, and we clearly need more transparency and voice in the permitting process for mega-development in salmon run territory. Stay tuned for more updates about their efforts!

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