GU Energy Labs announces that it has signed the petition in support of the effort put forward by House of Natural Resource Committee members Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) to encourage President Biden to designate the Grand Canyon area as the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument. This action would preserve the sacred homelands of the Havasupai Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab Paiute Tribe, Las Vegas Band of Paiute Tribe, Moapa Band of Paiutes, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Navajo Nation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes. If enacted, new National Monument designation would also help safeguard 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon that currently remain threatened by uranium mining.
On why this is an important action for GU Energy Labs to support, owner Brian Vaughan explains, “The American Southwest is an amazing landscape AND a sacred place for Indigenous cultures and should be protected and preserved forever. This arid environment is fragile and would never heal if we allowed it to be developed or gave business the opportunity to extract resources.”
Our 1% for the Planet Environmental Partner, The Conservation Alliance (TCA), has supported the work of The Grand Canyon Trust since 2010 and has given over $300,000 to protect the Grand Canyon landscape from the toxic threats of uranium mining. The designation of this monument is a final and vital step for permanent protection for the greater Grand Canyon region.To learn more about GU’s commitment to community and the environment through its membership in 1% for the Planet, visit the GU Gives webpage.