Welcome to a KZMU special report about the movement for a just transition on Black Mesa, the closure of the Navajo Generating Station, and the ongoing struggle for indigenous autonomy and climate justice.
For over 45 years the owners of Navajo Generating Station (NGS) have used coal and water from Black Mesa to generate electricity for the Central Arizona Project. Recently, NGS owners announced plans to decommission the plant by 2019, claiming that gas is now more competitive than coal.
Between April 14-17, local residents from Black Mesa participated in a Just Transition Relay that traveled by horseback, foot and bicycle from Black Mesa to Window Rock, Az.
In this special report you’ll hear the voices of the people who participated in this relay.