Prevent desecration of pristine Altai habitats

$35,795 $39,205
Raised Remaining
Sep 15, 2011

Protect sacred Ukok Plateau from gas pipeline and commercial highway

Ukok Plateau, looking south to mountains in China
Ukok Plateau, looking south to mountains in China

The Ukok Plateau is a glorious high-altitude perma-frost steppe that has been a place of pilgrimage since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. The most sacred part happens to have a 20 kilometer border with China.

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been insufficient to protect it from plans for a financially indefensible gas pipeline, but also, now, a very lucrative proposed commercial highway, both of which would utterly destroy the pristine natural environment.

If you believe that such irreplaceably precious places should be protected from international economic machinations, please contribute in time and/or funding to the international campaign that was initiated this summer by the Altai people who are the ancient stewards of this land. To participate, contact Jennifer Castner at


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Shoreline, WA, United States

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Carol Hiltner

Seattle, WA United States

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