From: "Sarah Hodgdon, Sierra Club" <[address removed]> To: [address removed] Sent: Tuesday, December 25,[masked]:00 PM Subject: Drilling in the Polar Bear Seas?
America's Arctic is one of the last great wilderness areas on earth -- places like the Polar Bear Seas are home to polar bears, ice seals, beluga whales, and more. For years, we've been working to protect this amazing wild place from dangerous oil drilling, and this year we finally have that chance.
The Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, deep in the Arctic Circle in Alaska, are known as the Polar Bear Seas because 20 percent of the world's polar bears live there. Polar bears are already an endangered species, and this is one of the last places in the world where they can survive and thrive. Losing this habitat because of an oil spill would be catastrophic for the world's polar bear population.
Other animals also need the Polar Bear Seas. Ice seals, beluga whales and walrus call these seas home. Birds from six continents migrate to the Arctic's coast every summer. These species are already struggling with the effects of climate disruption -- they don't need a disastrous oil spill on top of that.
Atheism is a vigorous and a courageous philosophy.
It is not afraid to face the problems of life, and it is not afraid to confess that there are problems yet to be solved.
It does not claim that it has solved all the questions of the universe, but it does claim that it has discovered the approach and learned the method of solving them.
It has dedicated itself to the passionate quest for the truth.
It believes that truth for truth’s sake is the highest ideal and that virtue is its own reward.
It believes that love of humanity is a higher ideal than a love of God. We cannot help God, but we can help mankind. “Hands that help are better far than lips that play.” Praying to God is humiliating; worshiping God degrading.
It believes in Ingersoll, when he said: “Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith. Banish me from Eden when you will, but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.”
Atheism is a self-reliant philosophy.
It makes a man intellectual free. He is thrilled to enthusiasm by his mental emancipation and he faces the universe without fear of ghosts or gods.
It teaches man that unless he devotes his energies and applies himself whole-heartedly to the task he wishes to achieve, the accomplishment will not be made.
Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label “God” there and consider the matter solved?
Joseph Lewis Author, ‘Atheism and Other Addresses’ 1941