August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

'It's Time for a Just and Equitable Transition' Dine' tell Arizona Corporation Commission: Photo Essay by Tó Nizhóní Ání



'It's Time for a Just and Equitable Transition' Dine' tell Arizona Corporation Commission


Photos by Tó Nizhóní Ání


(Top photo) At the Arizona Corporation Commission in Phoenix on Monday, Lorraine Herder and Edith Simonson, Black Mesa sheepherders and weavers, carry a sign that reads, "50 YEARS OF INJUSTICE. ACC: TIME TO GIVE BACK!" Lorraine and Edith, like many elders on Black Mesa, have seen tremendous changes during their lifetime. From the disappearance of the seeps and springs in their community to the lack of precipitation today. They are here to ensure communities like theirs get the Just & Equitable Transition they need.


Black Mesa youth holding a sign that reads "FIRST COAL MINING, NOW CLIMATE CHANGE."


Nicole Horseherder holding up a piece of coal while talking about it's history and impacts on Black Mesa and in the Southwest.

Chili Yazzie of Shiprock, New Mexico, shares his story and experiences of climate change and industry impacts in the Four Corners region and why JET is important for coal-impacted communities. "Ahéhee' Chili for your words and support!" -- Tó Nizhóní Ání

Fossil Fuels have Failed the Navajo Economy -- Hydrogen Projects are False Green Solution


Hoodoos in Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness, San Juan County, New Mexico

New Mexico groups to lawmakers:
Fossil-fueled hydrogen is a climate threat, not a solution


By New Mexico Coalition
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"The Navajo Nation is a testament to how the fossil fuel industries have failed the economy, the environment and the people. If hydrogen further exacerbates the climate crisis we are experiencing on the Navajo Nation already, then Navajo has no business pursuing, investing in, or endorsing hydrogen." Jessica Keetso, Tó Nizhóní Ání organizer.

On Tuesday, a coalition of New Mexico community, environmental, and justice organizations warned state and federal lawmakers of the risks of diving head-first into fossil-fueled hydrogen projects. The groups’ letter provides guidance on the context and safeguards that must be enacted before hydrogen projects are considered in the San Juan Basin, and in New Mexico generally.