Tina Garnanez will tell the story of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation (and coal mining for that matter) and describe what is in the film she helped produce, Yellow Fever, how it happened and what happens next.
"I will share my journey of making Yellow Fever, an investigation into the history of the Uranium mining on the Navajo Nation in the 1950's, and it's devastating lasting impacts on my family, our land, air and water.
With PNM making headlines as they consider nuclear energy as an alternative to coal I can't help but feel more people need to be aware of where companies are considering getting nuclear fuel (uranium) from - the Navajo reservation/ Grants, NM.
Raising awareness of the history will hopefully allow others to make a more well informed decision about considering renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels
I was a lost native. I joined the U.S. Army when I was 17. I wanted to attend college, and I knew that between my family situation (my four brothers and I were raised by a single mom) and being from the (Navajo) reservation, I had few options to get a college education. I was not told about the Army's stop-loss policy and I served for five years even though I only signed up for four. I served in Tikrit, Iraq from July to December 2004 with the 557th Medical Company.
One day in Iraq I was delivering supplies and was nearly killed by a roadside bomb that exploded in front of my vehicle. I was so upset and angry. I was not angry at the Iraqi people, but angry that I was there. I asked myself, "What am I here for?" I decided that I was finished. I was not going to fight for anyone's oil agenda.
The things I saw as a medic were terrible; God-awful things that I can't get out of my head. To be so young, sent to war and to return home expecting to be the same is near impossible. War changes you and there is not a day that goes by that my life is not affected by it. The recruiters target poor and minority students. These kids are looking for a way out. The military is not the only option but it's usually only the military recruiters that are there in the schools. So I speak at high schools and tell the kids the truth".
Click here to see the Yellow Fever film trailer. There are a lot of layers to the story of what some might think is just a little spill.
Moderator: Attorney Denise Fort
WildEarth Guardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. We have four programs focusing on wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and climate and energy.
John Horning was born and raised in Washington, DC and grew up on a street that bordered Rock Creek Park, one of the wildest urban parks in our country, where he cultivated an appreciation for the solace of wild spaces. He fondly recalls a childhood searching for salamanders, hearing Pileated wood peckers and watching fire flies light up summer evenings. Mr. Horning graduated in1989 from Colorado College, where he not only played football for four years (becoming the offense’s MVP his senior year) but also first developed a life-long appreciation for Wallace Stegner, the writer and the man. After biking around the country and then working for a variety of environmental education and advocacy groups he moved to New Mexico in 1994 to join the staff of what would later become WildEarth Guardians. He is grateful to live in New Mexico and feels privileged to be a voice for the voiceless.
Read John's Staff Origin Story: "Saving Spotted Owls and Ancient Forests".
WildEarth Guardians Values statement: We believe in nature’s right to exist and thrive. We act on this belief with compassion and courage by preserving the wild world. We defend wildness, empower life, end injustice, and stand for healthy, sustainable ecosystems and human communities. We embrace conflict, and cooperate without compromising our values. We execute the campaigns strategically and decisively, we mobilize, inform and inspire others, and we work to heal wounded landscapes. Our enduring and fierce advocacy leads us to success. We are A FORCE FOR NATURE.
Mission: We work to protect and restore wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health in the American West.
Vision: WildEarth Guardians envisions a world where wildlife and wild places are respected and valued and our world is sustainable for all beings.
Introduction by David Coss, former Mayor of Santa Fe, NM and new Chair of the local Sierra Club Chapter
The Sierra Club's Rio Grande Chapter is comprised of five local groups covering New Mexico and West Texas. The region stretches from alpine tundra to Chihuahuan desert and everything in between.
Our Four Corners region has the nation's largest methane plume in the country hovering over it. Methane is being leaked, vented and flared throughout the country creating both serious health and environmental problems. Although methane is a component of natural gas it is 80 times more potent as a global warming gas than even carbon dioxide. The Obama Administration has introduced the first-ever proposed methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities, a landmark announcement that will blunt the projected growth of methane and smog-forming pollution produced by the industry in New Mexico in addition to rules for extraction on public lands of both new and existing facilities. The newly proposed standards will help to safeguard public health and put the United States closer to being on track to meet the Administration’s goal of reducing oil and gas methane pollution by 40 to 45 percent by 2025. In this talk you'll learn the basics of methane, how to control it and what you can do to help.
Camilla Feibelman’s Bio
Camilla Feibelman serves as Director of the Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club, which represents over 7,000 members. Camilla works with hundreds of volunteers throughout New Mexico and West Texas to protect special places like the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Bosque, and to help curb global warming while stimulating the economy through renewable energy development. Feibelman was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a Trustee on the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation in 2014.
Camilla dedicated over ten years in Puerto Rico to protecting the Northeast Ecological Corridor, a swath of coastal habitat that is the second most important Leatherback Turtle nesting beach in U.S. jurisdiction. Through ceaseless community and public participation, the area was protected by law in 2013. Camilla helped to found the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Sierra Club, the organization’s only Spanish-speaking Chapter. She also worked to establish the Coalition for the Northeast Ecological Corridor. She continues to work as an advisor to the Chapter and the Coalition.
In the Sierra Club’s Washington, D.C., press office, Camilla helped environmental justice communities throughout the country reach the media on pressing issues from chemical plant compliance to proposals to mine coal adjacent to sacred sites. She was also responsible for the Club’s Spanish-language media outreach and helped develop the first nationally syndicated Spanish-language, weekly environmental column, Sierra & Tierra, which continues 15 years later. She later worked to develop new relationships with Latino communities in the United States around environmental issues, resulting in part in the formation of the Sierra Club’s Puerto Rico chapter.
Camilla directed the Sierra Student Coalition, the national student arm of the Sierra Club. She facilitated the founding of campus environmental groups throughout the country. She worked to bring environmental concerns to trade negotiations including the Free Trade Area of the Americas.
As a Fulbright scholar, Camilla spent a year living in the Peruvian Amazon, studying the urbanization of the rainforest and its impacts on natural resource use. She worked with colleagues to carry out a conflict mediation workshop between urban and rural fishermen, who were at odds because of diverging traditional and federal rules regarding fisheries management.
Camilla has a master’s in urban planning from the University of Puerto Rico highlighted by a thesis study entitled, "Can an Ecotourism model be successfully applied to the town of Luquillo and the Adjacent Northeast Ecological Corridor?" She has a bachelor’s in environmental biology from Columbia University in New York. She was named a Udall Scholar in 1997. Camilla was born and raised in New Mexico, theland of enchantment, where, attending Girl Scout camp in the Jemez Mountains each summer, her love of nature blossomed. She is a graduate of Albuquerque High School.
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