Thacker Pass Dispatches – The Fauna of Thacker Pass
Thacker Pass, or Peehee mu’huh in Paiute, is the site of a 28 square mile open pit lithium mine in northern Nevada near Winnemucca. The Canadian company Lithium Americas plans to destroy Thacker Pass to extract the lithium intended for use in batteries, in particular for electric car batteries. The company claims it is a “green” mine.
However, the project would release more than 152,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, use products from the oil and gas industry to refine lithium, and threaten more than 1,000 cultural sites sacred to the Northern Paiute and Western Shoshone peoples. of Fort McDermitt. tribe and other regional tribes.
The mine would also harm wildlife by directly killing animals, destroying 5,694.8 acres of habitat, and degrading thousands more acres through habitat fragmentation, increased traffic and pollution of the land. air, water, noise and light.
Great author, scholar and activist Vine Deloria Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux), in an interview years ago, reminded us that âLife is not a predatory, ‘red tooth and claw’ jungle, like Westerners like to pretend it is, but is best understood as a symphony of mutual respect in which each player has a specific role to play. We have to be in our shoes and we have to play our part at the right time, âsaid Deloria. “As far as humans are concerned, because we are the last to arrive, we are the ‘younger brothers’ of other life forms, so we have to learn everything from these other creatures.”
This photo essay introduces you to some of the wildlife at Thacker Pass, which we must learn, not destroy.
All images provided by Max Wilbert
To learn more about the fight to defend this wildlife, sacred lands and water, please visit https://www.protectthackerpass.org.
Max Wilbert is a wilderness organizer, writer and guide. It has been part of grassroots political work for almost 20 years. His second book, Brilliant Green Lies: How The Environmental Movement Has Lost Its Way And What We Can Do About It, co-written with Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith, was released in March.
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