Florida-based artist, Kelly Tracht, has graciously offered to sell her colorful sockeye art with the proceeds going to the Save Bristol Bay campaign.
We asked Kelly why she was inspired to protect Bristol Bay. Here's what she had to say:
"I recently saw the movie "The Breach" and was so moved by what is threatening your beautiful eco system in the form of the proposed Pebble Mine. I feel a kindred spirit as a Floridian to Alaska as I am so in love and connected to the nature here and I know that is how Alaskans feel about their state.
We have our own environmental issues here, specifically the Everglades which affect the health of the Florida Reef which is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental US. [...] We have a very similar situation to you all and I completely related when I saw the movie!
Not to mention, that the salmon are such amazing creatures, the indigenous and all Native Alaskans depend on the salmon as an ancestral food source, and being of native American heritage myself, so it is just something I felt I needed to get behind to help stop. And I really wanted to help spread awareness down here in Florida as we are your tropical cousins in the fight to keep our waters clean :)"
Thanks, Kelly! And make sure to check out her Sockeye art and the rest of her pieces for sale here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/trachtart