A joint effort to stop an open pit coal mine to be established in the middle of this pristine Alaskan wilderness. Filmed by Trip Jennings of Balance Media in conjunction with Alaskan's First Campaign with help from Patagonia.
The Chuitna River in Alaska is home to all five species of wild Alaskan salmon. It stands as one of the last truly free, truly wild rivers in the United States, and in the world.
PacRim Coal has proposed to turn this river into the largest coal strip mine in Alaska. Impacts to the watershed, surrounding ecosystem, and the people that depend upon these resources would be severe. The Tyonek, a Dena’ina Athabascan people who rely upon subsistence hunting and fishing for both physical and cultural survival, have taken a stand against the proposal. Terry Jorgenson, a commercial fisherman, and Larry and Judy Heilman, local homesteaders, have joined in the struggle to protect their homes and livelihoods.
Watch the film, share widely, and take action by texting "SALMON" to 877877. You'll be notified when the time comes to speak up to save the Chuitna.