Arizona community and indigenous groups helped found Greenaction in 1997.
Greenaction continues to work with many community partners in our work in Arizona, including:
* Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment (a grassroots tribal member organization on the Gila River Indian Community)
* Mohave Cultural Preservation Program (a grassroots tribal member organization from the Colorado River Indian Tribes)
* Children for a Safe Environment
* O’odham Rights Coalition (a grassroots organization of O’odham indigenous peoples who live in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico)
* Dine CARE (a grassroots tribal member organization on the Navajo Nation)
Protect Arizona’s water and the Colorado River from a proposed nuclear power plant
Greenaction is helping alert the residents of Arizona including the many Native Nations and cities and towns along the Colorado River who rely on Colorado River water about a nuclear power plant proposed at Green River, Utah by Blue Castle Holdings. The company wants to build two reactors and store highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods just four miles from the Green River which flows directly into the Colorado River, drinking and agricultural water source for tens of millions of people in the southwest.
Gila River Indian Community, Arizona:
Greenaction and the grassroots tribal member organization the Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment (GRACE) have worked together since 2000 on many environmental health and justice issues on this reservation near Phoenix. The Akimel O’odham and the Maricopa indigenous peoples live on the Gila River Indian Community reservation.
Greenaction and GRACE have won several big victories, including closing down two major polluting industries that imported waste from around the west, the Romic hazardous waste plant and the Stericycle medical waste incinerator. Current efforts are focused on diesel pollution and protection of culturally important sites.
Greenaction is working with allies to stop plans for a giant 500 tons per day garbage incineration plant proposed by Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) west of Phoenix. The company claims burning trash is renewable-energy, but Greenaction, Sierra Club and Children for a Safe Environment are challenging that claim. We want solar and wind to generate energy, not incinerators that pollute the air and contribute to climate change. Instead of landfilling and dumping garbage, we advocate for Zero Waste efforts that reduce, reuse and recycle garbage. We also support the use of well-run anaerobic digestion technologies that treat organic wastes, generating energy without the type of pollutants generated by burning garbage. Mohave’s application states that the “waste-to-energy” facility would be owned and operated by a company called Reclamation Power Group LLC.
O’ohdam lands in Arizona and Mexico:
The traditional lands of the O’odham indigenous peoples stretch across Arizona and Mexico, as the O’odham were here before there was a United States or Mexico. Greenaction and the O’odham Rights Coalition have worked together since 2006 to protect the O’odham ceremonial site and village of Quitovac in Sonora, Mexico from desecration and pollution. Together we defeated plans for a hazardous waste landfill proposed close to Quitovac, and today we are helping protect Quitovac from new threats including mining. Quitovac is sacred to the O’odham on both sides of the US/Mexico border.
Colorado River Indian Tribes, Arizona:
Greenaction and the Mohave Cultural Preservation Program, a grassroots group from the Colorado River Indian Tribes have worked together since 1997 when MCPP members and Mohave Elders helped found Greenaction.
Together, with many allies, we defeated the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump. We continue working to stop the burning of hazardous waste at the Siemens plant operating in violation of federal law on the reservation.
We are also supporting efforts by Native Nations and indigenous peoples to protect sacred and culturally significant site from destruction and desecration by the construction of massive industrial-scale solar projects.