Mariela Loera is a policy advocate with the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability.
Will the dream of renewable energy in the “Lithium Valley” around the Salton Sea be a nightmare for surrounding communities?
The area contains huge amounts of lithium, and demand for electric cars — which use lithium-ion batteries — is booming. So we are at a vital moment to meaningfully engage residents and ensure that future decisions and actions not only prevent harm but also benefit local communities.
Early community involvement before the work to extract the lithium begins in earnest will enable preventative action that considers the existing circumstances of surrounding communities and ensures no further harm, which is essential for equitable progress and true climate resilience. Continue Reading →