The Ivanpah Valley in Nevada and California is us. I mean you and me: us.
A corporation wants to bulldoze the valley and construct solar energy complexes to provide California with a “green” source of energy: solar energy.
The valley, dry as it is, is not dry, but holds the habitat of tortoise, kangaroo rat, lizards and sidewinders (beautiful dancing snakes, but be careful).
These creatures will be displaced. There is slated to be a relocation of these sentient beings by biologists when the permits are granted. There will be a digging up of tortoises from their burrows and they will be relocated elsewhere! Within a year, one-half of those tortoises relocated will die.
This sounds a lot like displacing human populations in the Nineteenth Century. Do you remember reservations? Moving hunting grounds for gold and silver? Say, the American Indian?
Ah, that’s history, that’s the Mojave Desert, fit for nothing, build Solar Complexes! On with it!
Who speaks for the tortoise, the cholla, the lizard? I do. Chris Clarke does and hundreds of thousands of citizens that want not only the solar complex at Ivanpah terminated, but also want our over consumption and greed-lined behavior to come to an end. The tortoise waves its head and seeks a friend. A mate. That will come to and end if this project continues.
The Ivanpah is us. If we allow corporations and the government to use bulldozers upon that sacred land, then it is us that the bulldozers grind. The Ivanpah is us.