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Take Action to Support Climate Equity and Communities Affected by the Thacker Pass lithium mine
HOW YOU CAN HELP (3 ways outlined below)
1.) Sign the on-line letter to Interior Secretary Haaland –
Follow the link below to sign an action letter that will be sent to the Department of the Interior to urge Secretary Haaland to support the local communities affected by Thacker Pass, such as the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, Orovada, and Kings River Valley communities:
2.) Contact your state legislators about legislation SB448, Nevada’s Climate and Energy Policy Bill
Right now in Nevada’s legislative session, they are working on passing a bill that will shape Nevada’s climate and energy policy. Your voice is needed to make sure our legislators prioritize environmental justice and consider the frontline communities affected by mining in this policy. When contacting your legislators about SB448, make sure to include the following aspects:
–Environmental and Economic Justice (Ask your legislator for environmental and economic justice to be incorporated into achieving energy policy goals, including the disproportionate effects to communities and their environment from lithium and other mineral mining)
–Require Independent Assessment of Mining Operations (Ask your legislator for independent assessment to be required for lithium and other mineral mining for hosting communities, so they can be fully and honestly informed on the consequences of a proposed mine or expansion of a mine. Nevada can facilitate this)
–Reduce Energy and Resource Use (Tell your legislator that reducing energy and resource use in our state’s Climate/Energy policy is vital in being able to minimize the damage caused by mining. We need to aggressively pursue strategies that will lower the demand for additional mining such as increasing mass transit and reducing single car occupancy.
–Design for Reuse and Recycling (A focus on recycling is fundamental in reducing our current and future demand for extraction, especially considering lithium, where it is estimated that the US recycles less than 5 percent (Chemical and Engineering News 2019). We need to shift to a circular economy where materials are reused and recycled to minimize and eliminate waste, environmental destruction, and disruption to hosting communities from mining. It also maximizes resource use efficiency and employment. It is critical that Nevada works with industry to require design of batteries for reuse and recycling in a move to shift our economy to one that is circular.)
Don’t know who your legislators are? Easily find out who your legislators are here: https://nvlcb.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2cd4575624417fa56fd084a7ee4dd9
3.) Contact our Federal Representatives and ask that they support reform of the 1872 Mining Law
The incredibly outdated 1872 Mining Law makes mining legally the “highest and best use” of public lands in the United States. The law legally makes it difficult for frontline community voices to be respected and listened to in decisions around permitting mines. As a new wave of extraction occurs for “renewable energy technology” materials, it is more important than ever to make sure that our laws are refined to ensure that ecosystem and community well-being is prioritized.
Contact information for our U.S Congressional Representatives are below:
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto – @sencortezmasto
Sen. Jacky Rosen – @SenJackyRosen
Rep. Dina Titus – @RepDinaTitus
Rep. Mark Amodei – @MarkAmodeiNV2
Rep. Susie Lee – @RepSusieLee
Rep. Steven Horsford – @RepHorsford