Robert Glenn Ketchum & Bobby Kennedy, Jr. Say 'NO' to the Pebble Mine in a Special NRDC Event in Los Angeles, May 18, 2010

The coalition of groups working together to protect the salmon fishery of Bristol Bay and to stop the Pebble mine continues to grow. Earlier this year, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) declared Bristol Bay one of their Biogem Campaign targets and brought their large national membership into the debate.

To better inform their Los Angeles membership, NRDC hosted a special night at the Laemmle theater complex in Santa Monica, Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Bobby Andrew, a Native Alaskan tribal spokesperson discussed the historic use of the bay and Southwest by Native cultures and the current opposition among the villages to the development of the Pebble mine. Robert Glenn Ketchum presented a keynote slideshow / lecture that revealed Southwest to most of the viewers for the first time and he took them through the habitat from the summits of the ranges to the spawning beds at the bottoms of the streams and rivers. There were several specific images of the actual mine site, and a comprehensive view of all the national parks, state parks and national wildlife refuges. Bobby Kennedy, Jr. closed the evening offering commentary as to why the general public needs to be engaged in this distant but important struggle to keep industrial development out of these wild lands.

Joel Reynolds of the NRDC provided this video to Little Bear Productions for distribution purposes.

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