The Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC), a Native American environmental justice organization, is leading the Just Transition Initiative in Arizona, one of three Our Power Campaign pilot sites. The area, which is sacred in Navajo and Hopi cultures, has been severely impacted by coal mining and coal fired power plants. BMWC is organizing to hold Peabody Coal accountable for the damage done to the community’s environment, water and health. At the same time, it is working to replace the coal-fired plants with a large-scale community-owned solar project. The project would provide clean energy to the community and send the excess power to California, which currently depends on the area’s coal-fired plants. Revenue from the solar project would support other sustainable businesses, creating green jobs and economic development for Native communities.
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