APR 06, 2016 3:20 PM PDT

Stop uranium mining in the Grand Canyon!


Although this particular video is several years outdated, its message is as strong as ever. With the new Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act, introduced by Arizona congressman Raúl Grijalva and tribal leaders from Havasupai, Hualapai, and Hopi, there is a current movement attempting to permanently ban new uranium mines on public lands that surround the Grand Canyon National Park. Although it is unlikely that this bill will pass in Congress, Obama has the power to proclaim the 1.7 million already public acres as a national monument. This would add further protection to the land. In short, the bill would:
1. Protect 1.7 million acres of tribal homeland around the Grand Canyon, including water sources and sacred sites
2. Ban new uranium mining claims (making the current 20-year ban permanent)
3. Still allow hunting, grazing, recreation and other uses to continue under existing law

Uranium mining near the Grand Canyon is a grand pollution concern not only for the region directly involved but for the entire water basin, as uranium can leak into clean water sources and contaminate them to the point of toxicity. The Navajo Nation and surrounding citizens have been fighting uranium mining for years. Voice your interest in keeping the canyon clean and protecting the human rights of citizens throughout the area by signing this petition (http://grandcanyontrust.nonprofitsoapbox.com/grandcanyonnationalmonument) encouraging Obama to legalize the land as a national monument.

Sources: Grand Canyon Trust, The Huffington Post
About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
DEC 24, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Novel Two-phased Particles are the Ultimate Authenticity Tag
DEC 24, 2020
Novel Two-phased Particles are the Ultimate Authenticity Tag
Counterfeit goods producers are flooding the global market with low-quality, sometimes dangerous merchandise and ripping ...
FEB 24, 2021
Plants & Animals
Texas Freeze Caused Historic Sea Turtle Stranding Event
FEB 24, 2021
Texas Freeze Caused Historic Sea Turtle Stranding Event
In addition to the millions of humans who suffered through Texas' historic freeze last week, local wildlife also exp ...
MAR 03, 2021
Plants & Animals
Can Arctic Bearded Seals Compete with Human Noise?
MAR 03, 2021
Can Arctic Bearded Seals Compete with Human Noise?
Vocal communication is a primary key to survival for many species, including the Arctic Ocean's bearded seals. Accor ...
APR 21, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Earth-like Planet Discovered Orbiting Red Dwarf Star
APR 21, 2021
Earth-like Planet Discovered Orbiting Red Dwarf Star
Researchers from Spain have discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting the star, GJ-740, a red dwarf star located 36 light ...
MAY 15, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Scientists Find Liquid Water Inside Meteorite
MAY 15, 2021
Scientists Find Liquid Water Inside Meteorite
Scientists know that water is abundant in the solar system- existing in the rings of Saturn and on its moon, Enceladus. ...
JUN 24, 2021
Space & Astronomy
European Space Agency to Launch Satellite Made from Plywood
JUN 24, 2021
European Space Agency to Launch Satellite Made from Plywood
Modern spacecraft are typically made out of carbon fiber composites. Now, however, the European Space Agency has announc ...
Loading Comments...