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Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden over the weekend stated his strong opposition to two prominent mining projects –the Pebble Mine in Alaska and possible uranium mining adjacent to the Grand Canyon — with huge impacts on local economies and Native American communities nearby. On Friday, Biden issued a statement saying that “The Grand Canyon is first among the landmarks of our nation — holy to the Tribes who preserve it and call it home, and sacred to all Americans,” and that mining there would be like driving “a drill into the heart of one of Arizona’s cultural and economic cornerstones.” Then Sunday, Biden said of the Pebble Mine that “Alaskan culture, traditions, and jobs are on the line. As president, I will do what President Trump has failed to do: listen to the scientists and experts to protect Bristol Bay — and all it offers to Alaska, our country, and the world.”
Why This Matters: Biden understands the importance of both these pristine areas to ALL Americans, and especially their importance to Indigenous Americans. No short term gain from mining for finite resources is worth sacrificing the perpetual economic and environmental benefits of the Grand Canyon and Bristol Bay’s natural resources and stunning beauty.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A study published yesterday in the journal Nature suggests that revitalizing ecosystems in a global, holistic way could be an immensely effective way to heal the Earth’s climate. In particular, forests, wetlands, and grasslands would benefit most from restoration — protecting just 30% of these priority areas could save […]
Why This Matters: As President Trump bleeds money from the military to build the border wall (which fortunately a federal court just put on hold), climate change — a real emergency for the military — goes unaddressed.
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom enacted an executive order committing California to conserve 30% of its land and waters by 2030. This order compels California’s Natural Resource Agency to work with other state agencies to establish the California Biodiversity Collaborative which will then work with Native American tribes and other stakeholders to create a […]
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