Oak Flat Mine Proposal is a REALLY BAD IDEA

I am very concerned about the conflict at Oak Flat, which is just east of Superior.


As we all know, people make money from mining copper. After all, Arizona is “The Copper State.” I can’t help wondering if losing a beautiful place like Oak Flat for forever is worth the money to be made. Oak Flat is sacred to the Apache, so I say it should not be destroyed. I raise my fist and say “NO!”

Oak Flat is public land, which means that it belongs to every American, and it was protected from mining in the 1950s by Executive Order. Even so, a mining company wants to make Oak Flat private property, a company owned in part by the Queen of England. This disrespectful plan is supported by John McCain, as he made it easier for this company to steal from us by slipping a provision into the Defense Authorization Act. Everyone knows that corporate greed is a huge problem all over the world, and our government, unfortunately, helps them accomplish their goals rather than protecting the public interest.

I am also worried about the plan to keep the mine’s waste pile wet, forever, in a part of the world that is already in the middle of a water shortage What will happen if the pile isn’t kept wet, and a dust storm blows all that toxic dust into the Valley of the Sun? This toxic dust will make people sick and make it harder for people with asthma to breathe. The very best worst scenario is that we can expect to pay more for water to subsidize the mine’s water use.

There is a special story about the 700 foot cliff at Oak Flat, which is a big reason why Oak Flat must not be mined. Geronimo and his Apache brothers hid from the U.S. Military at Oak Flat. It took a while, but eventually the military found Geronimo and his party. Instead of surrendering to the military, some of the Apache jumped off the cliff. They bravely chose to jump into the unknown rather than face capture. At the bottom of the cliff you can find special ricks called “Apache Tears.” Legend says these rocks formed from the tears of the women who cried after the Apache leaped from the cliff.

When people demand what they want from their elected officials, we can fix problems. We need to show corporations that we won’t stand by and watch them ruin all the beautiful places in the world. We must demand together that they put carbon back into the ground and stop polluting resources that we need to share. We need to band together like Geronimo and his brothers did and see that greed is a spiritual illness that will never go away until we make it stop.

Kids Climate Action Network Youth Council and Advisory Board Are Up and Running!

We have done it! We have officially begun climate crisis activism on the community level. Our youth council has met twice, and our advisory board had fantastic ideas for our work. We hope to host a public event featuring Ed Fallon, the organizer for The Great March for Climate Action, in May.  We have other neat ideas in the works, so please join us if you are interested in this work! Kids CAN Youth Board 3 Jan 2015

Caring Means Sharing

There are two kinds of trust. The first kind of trust is something that happens between two or more people, when they spend lots of time together and built a good relationship. For example “I trust you to keep my secrets.” “I trust you to keep your promises.” “I trust you to do the right thing.” “You can trust me to do the same.” The second kind of trust is an agreement about how money and property are used. In a family trust, for example, there could be an agreement how your Mom’s and Dad’s money is used after they die.
A public trust is a legal paper that says that property, usually lands and forests, are owned by everyone in United States. The government’s job is to make sure that the land is never ruined, because the property belongs to everyone. Another way of looking at it is that the land and everything on it, in a public trust, can’t ever belong to just one person.

This is why you can’t go to a national forest and cut down trees. The land, trees, rocks, animals, and stuff below the surface, like minerals – belongs to EVERY AMERICAN. I bet you didn’t know that you own land, huh? Well, you do – there are many places in the United States where you can go and enjoy being in nature, and our future kids and grandkids can enjoy that place like you do. Cool, huh?

Where did the idea of sharing beautiful places come from? There is an idea known as The Public Trust Doctrine. It is a really old idea from a Roman Emperor, Justinian. In his kingdom, fishermen wanted to take over all access to the ocean. They didn’t want to share the beach with anyone else – just so the fishermen could fish at the beach. Justinian made a rule that said any water that is affected by the ebb and flow of the tides could not be taken over by any person or group of people. These places should remain open to everyone. England was a part of the Roman Empire for a while, and the Public Trust Doctrine became a part of English Law. When the English came to America, they brought along with them the idea of public trust.

In 1892 the Public Trust Doctrine was put to the test in court. What happened was the government of Chicago said that the Illinois Central Railroad were the only people allowed to use a large part of a harbor on Lake Michigan. No one else could use that part lake’s shore. The people thought this was unfair, and they challenged the decision in court. The court decided that the Chicago government didn’t have the right say that only the Illinois Central Railroad could use that shore, because it got in the way of everyone else being able to use it, too.

The next big change to the Public Trust Doctrine came in 1983 in California. The City of Los Angeles wanted to get water for people who lived in Los Angeles from Mono Lake. The Audubon Society, which works to protect nature and animals, was afraid that if the City of Los Angeles was given permission to take water from this lake, it would ruin the natural beauty of the lake. The California Supreme Court decided that the Public Trust Doctrine also protects the people’s common heritage of streams, lakes, marshlands and tidelands. Using the water from Mono Lake for the people of Los Angeles had to be done in a way that made sure nature and beauty were protected.

I think the Public Trust Doctrine must include the other parts of the world that people share and need for life, like air, soils, and oceans. It should also protect things we all rely on, like pollinators and seeds that turn into plants and make more seeds. Right now, corporations are planting seeds that grow into plants that do not have seeds. This means that people have to go back to the corporation for more seeds, instead of being able to go to rather than simply Mother Nature for seeds. These plants also kill butterflies and bees. Plants need pollinators to land on them to help make more seeds. So plants which kill good insects are really bad for the world and the environment.
Corporations that put carbon into the air without thinking about how this hurts everything else in the world must be stopped. We can stop them by asking a judge to include more types of natural resources, like the atmosphere, in the Public Trust Doctrine. Our Children’s Trust is asking the Supreme Court to do this right now. We can make the air cleaner, which will make the planet cooler, by telling as many people as possible about the Public Trust Doctrine.

Local to Global Teach In Arizona State University March 2014

Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida presents on social justice, food, and climate.


Navajo Genrating Station

My speech related to the carbon footprint of the Navajo Generating Station


Climate March Rally Speech

Encouraging the marchers to continue the good fight at Margert T. Hance Park spring 2014.


The Great March for Climate Action

I will be speaking at The Great March for Climate Action on April 7th. The rally will be at Margaret T. Hance park in downtown Phoenix, in the ‘urban plaza’ section at 1134 N. Central Ave between 4pm and 6pm. I will be sharing an inspirational story and what I see when I envision the future.

I hope to see you there!