Remembering Adam Kolton

Image: Alaska Wilderness League

It was with great sadness that we read of our Friend of the Planet, Adam Kolton’s passing yesterday. Adam was not only an ODP reader but a tireless advocate for our planet and its most precious and delicate ecosystems.

As the Alaska Wilderness League, where Adam worked for many years and most recently as its Executive Director, wrote:

Adam joined the League early in his professional career, serving as Arctic Campaign Director and leading the successful defense of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during the early years of the George W. Bush presidency. His work took him to Alaska often to connect directly with Alaska Native leaders and state-based organizations, as well as to experience many of the state’s iconic landscapes first-hand. He was always willing to defend wild Alaska in the public sphere, be it testifying before Congress or debating Arctic drilling everywhere and anywhere, including the House Democratic Caucus, the D.C. Bar Association, and on major news outlets like CNN and Fox News.

We had a chance to interview Adam just this past Thanksgiving about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Indigenous communities, and conserving the Alaskan wilderness. It was our sincerest hope to have Adam back on for more ANWR updates and deep dives on conservation, but now every time we write about the issues close to his heart, we’ll keep him in ours. Sending our deepest condolences to Adam’s family and colleagues, who stated quite aptly: “When we speak of the shoulders of giants on which we stand, Adam is among those ranks.”

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