Navajo community, activists push for transition to solar energy in Arizona
- Year: 2013
- Length: 5:53 minutes (5.39 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
In Arizona, Navajo Nation members and activists rallied for clean energy and an end to coal and fossil fuel-based sources. People gathered at a water canal, known as the Central Arizona Project Canal in Scottsdale. They used a solar powered generator to pump water for tribal members to use. Organizers said they’re aiming to show alternatives to the Navajo Generating Station, which is a coal-fired power plant, leased by the tribe. The action is part of a nationwide campaign launched this week, called Our Power, which is pushing for a transition to renewable, community-based energy. The campaign focuses on what it calls "transition hotspots" in communities such as Detroit, Michigan, Richmond, California and Black Mesa, Arizona. For more, we’re joined by Jihan Gearon, director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, one of the organizers at today’s action.