November 2nd, 2013, 4:15pm – 6:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
The Navajo territory of “Four Corners” has often been characterized as an “energy sacrifice zone” where people from California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico have flipped their switches in complete ignorance of the devastating consequences of their choices. The list of staggering impacts from coal-fired electricity is long, and includes cancers, heart and lung disease and rampant asthma. This is especially true among the elderly and young. Rising levels of dangerous smog also impact visibility, and negatively affect traditional ceremonies and agriculture. These impacts from coal impose unacceptable costs. Navajo communities are moving to new sources of energy including solar power that can displace coal and uranium, create new jobs and build enduring pathways out of poverty.