Watch Our Power
with Black Mesa Water Coalition
Why Just Transition?
“JUST TRANSITION MEANS WE ARE INTENTIONAL ABOUT ENDING THE FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY IN A WAY THAT BUILDS UP AN ALTERNATIVE ECONOMY THAT BENEFITS OUR PEOPLE.” —JIHAN GEARON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BLACK MESA WATER COALITION, QUOTED IN THE NATION
Power Without Pollution
Our powerful action in which Navajo people demonstrated that you can pump water using solar energy instead of coal.
OUR POWER 2013
From The Mesa to the Mountain Top: Climate Justice in Coal Country
Our Power Gatherings bring together frontline communities and allies to coordinate community-led action strategies that advance an Ecologically Resilient and Economically Just Transition out of destructive development into new economic solutions based on healthy work that serves our communities, heals the planet and preserves our cultures.
Black Mesa Water Coalition will host the first Our Power Convening in the Black Mesa region of Arizona – bringing together communities on the frontlines of resistance to King Coal. Leading with a vision of Just Transition out of coal and into community-based solutions, the gathering will highlight and support the work of Black Mesa Water Coalition and the Navajo and Hopi people who seek to protect their sacred waters; transition away from the Navajo Generating Station (coal power plant) and towards renewable energy; and, re-build their local economy based on a combination of community solutions, from strengthening the traditional wool economy to community controlled solar projects.
This Our Power will be five full days of activity – including skills building, strategizing, story telling, and direct actions.
WHO is attending Our Power 2013?
There are hundreds of communities in the United States impacted by coal, from extraction to power plants; from ash dumping to economic devastation – and all of us from climate change. We are planning our first Our Power convening to have approximately 100 participants, with half coming from Black Mesa and the surrounding region, including organizers, activists and community members from the Navajo and Hopi nations, and other mine and power-plant impacted communities in the region. Participation is by invitation only, and there will be interactive online ways for others to engage in and support Our Power 2013.
We plan to bring together a group that represents these categories:
Chain of Destruction
It is critical to have communities representing every step in the chain of destruction of coal – from shaft, open pit and mountain top mining to power plants and ash-ponds.
Chain of Custody
With Black Mesa as the anchor, we will reach out to communities who are also fighting Peabody Coal and get their energy from the Navajo Generating Station (Including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Nevada Power, etc.).
Real Solutions and Restoration
We can learn from the many communities that have STOPPED other coal mines and power plants and are now engaged in the important work of restoration and economic solutions. In addition, there are many frontline struggles that lead with their proactive vision of wellbeing and right livelihood.
Fighting False Solutions and Shifting Burdens
As we become more successful in stopping coal, we have to be very proactive in building the necessary relationships to avert dangerous false alternatives such as natural gas, biomass and waste incineration to replace coal. Ensuring that communities resisting these false solutions or who are targeted for shifting burdens are engaged will make our movement stronger.
Strategic Resource Allies
In addition to frontline communities, there are critical resource organizations which have been a part of the Climate Justice Alliance that bring skills such as direct action, political education, communications and framing, policy and technical expertise.