S2 - EPISODE 4:
A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE
As we imagine new ideas for our natural resources, a new green economy presents us with a second chance at making good with both the earth and our communities. What will it take to transition to renewable energy, and what can we learn from both indigenous peoples and new technology? Navajo climate activist, Wahleah Johns, joins Mary & Maeve in the studio this week to share how she’s been getting it done.
Episode 4 Notes:
75% of unelectrified homes in the United States are located on the Navajo Nation, despite housing the nation’s largest coal field power plant which currently powers the entire Las Vegas strip.
Indigenous climate activist Wahleah Johns shares her journey to establishing the Navajo Green Economy Act, bringing solar power to families on the reservation, and creating vital green jobs for the community.
Wahleah discusses youth organizations with founder of TierrActiva Peru, Majandra Rodriguez Acha. Majandra recounts her memories of the Bagua Massacre, a bloody protest of the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement which gave permission to explore oil, gas and logging in the Amazon on indigenous land. In Paris, we catch Israeli inventor, Inna Braverman as she wins the C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge. She shares her story of survival during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and how it inspired her to reinvent wave power.
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