April 5 update: Thank you all for your donations! We have spent roughly $4,000 of the funds raised so far to support the campaign through buying food, supplies, and helping people with travel expenses. But we can't sit back. The destruction of this place could begin soon, and as we move int the next stages of this fight, we expect to need substantial funds. Please give what you can and share!
We are Will Falk and Max Wilbert and we are here in Thacker Pass, in
the Great Basin of Nevada, to protect this incredible place from a
massive new lithium mine.
This mine would destroy at least 5,900 acres, and as much as 17,000, of the McDermitt Caldera, a large region in northern Nevada. This wild and beautiful place has some of the best remaining old growth sagebrush habitat, and is home to many wild creatures, including the most iconic of Western species, the critically endangered greater sage grouse. This area is part of a wildlife management unit that is home to 5-8% of the total remaining sage grouse on the planet. And Lithium Americas, with permission from the BLM, is about to destroy this place for lithium for electric car batteries.
Thacker Pass is the traditional territory of Northern Paiute people, who have lived here for countless generations. There are over 1,000 cultural, archeological, and sacred sites in the area. The nearest reservation is the home of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.
We want to try to defend this land and push back against the greenwashing of the Lithium Americas corporation, the company that wants to rip open this mountainside and the caldera, and call it "green".
This place is incredibly important: not just to the wildlife who call this place home, but also to the humans who travel through this area, who hunt and gather here, and to the traditional indigenous people who used this place extensively.
We want to resist this project because it is emblematic of the lies that are being sold to us about so-called green technology. This company and many others are trying to convince us that if we just switch to electric cars, the destruction of the planet and global warming will be fixed. This could not be further from the truth. So we're here to push back against this specific mining project, as well as the entire narrative of "green" technology, and to try to build and strengthen a movement that has its allegiance to the land, to Mother Earth, and to the other beings with whome we share this planet.
We need to raise $50,000 to resist the Lithium Americas mine at Thacker Pass.
If there's ever been a David vs Goliath story, this is one of them. We are hoping to raise a fraction of 1% of the over $1 billion the mining company will raise to dig this mine and destroy the land. We will use this money to fund the grassroots resistance and defend this land.
Your donations will be used for:
We are hoping others will come and join us and your support will help us make this camp a place people can feel safe and welcome to join the resistance to this mine.
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