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The 21st Navajo Nation Council voted "green" and passed the enactment of the Navajo Green Economy Commission this week.
The coalition developed this legislation to support the creation of hundreds of Green Jobs on the Navajo Nation.
Over fifty supporters from across the Arizona reservation gathered in front of the Navajo Nation Education Building and peacefully marched a quarter of a mile in green "Green Jobs" shirts to the Navajo Nation Council Chambers.
Some of the demands for Navajo Green Jobs are:
- Fair Wages, Navajo Economic Self-Sufficiency, and a Transition to a Sustainable Economy
- Opportunity for Families, Chapters & Individuals to Establish Local Green Businesses
- More Jobs for Youth, Students, Veterans, Fathers, & Mothers to Work Close to Home on the Navajo Nation
According to community leaders, a green economy is not a new concept to Navajo. There are many green business opportunities that fit perfectly within their culture. What’s more this legislation will focus on small-scale, community development -- a form of economic development that empowers local communities and allows folks to work near their homes and communities. This moves the Navajo Nation and the Navajo people one step closer to a green economy.
Hopefully many other communities will follow in their steps!
For more information, visit www.navajogreenjobs.com