WASHINGTON -- Because sometimes to get your sharp end across you need to align up as an Arctic Tern, scores of anti-drilling activists on Tuesday gathered outside the White House dressed in fuzzy onesies and polar bear masks.
-- organized by Green Peace, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Earth, 350.org, Credo Action and Alaska Wilderness League, among other environmental groups -- comes as part of a larger effort to crushing President Barack Obama to stop drilling in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea, home to such iconic group as the polar bear, bowhead whale and morse.
"We're out here today to deliver a million comments to Obama asking him not to allow Shell to drill this summer," Leah Donahey, west occidental Arctic and oceans program director at Alaska Wilderness League, told The Huffington Post at Tuesday's reunite.
Last fall, the Obama distribution affirmed a decision to offer millions of acres of the great deep for sale to oil companies. More than a million family have written literature or signed petitions to ask the president to revoke the permits. Donahey, who was holding the 1.1 million comments to be delivered to the Council on Environmental Equality, said they would be delivered by the end of the day.
Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes responded to the issue in a statement on Monday. "We welcome the robust political colloquy that we have on this make subordinate and all the input from all of the interested groups," he said according to reporting from Politico. The groups said they have yet to receive a straight answer from the president.
Ben Copp, a 25-year-old intern with the Sierra Club's Lands Protection Program who's spent summers in Alaska working as a fishing lead, told HuffPost that drilling is an issue particularly shut up to his heart.
Copp, who was dressed as a huge furry Arctic Tern, said of why he'd come out in costume, "The only person who has the power to stop them from drilling in the Arctic this summer is President Obama." Asked what he thought of the president's note on the issue he added, "It could be better, and it will be better next term."
The Sierra Club has also organized thousands of activists to call in to the White House this week to ask for that the distribution protect America's Arctic.