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Razing Arizona? Citizens Fight to Protect the Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining | Change.Org News

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Every year, 5 million tourists from all over the world flock to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where they can view 2 billion years of geologic history in its glory. Today, this national landmark is under threat.


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Barbara K (61)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:02 pm
We must save the Grand Canyon, whatever it takes, it belongs to us all, it does not belong to any mining or oil company. It is a National Park, we the people of America own that park, and all the National Parks.

Caitlin M (104)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:03 pm
I've signed this petition probably more than once already.... I don't think it does a good deed to sign it many times, since they may just throw out all the signatures that are duplicated. Thanks Suzanne...certainly worth saving!

Monica D (580)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:04 pm
It is beautiful and should be protected from mining.

. (0)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:04 pm
US residents only.

Julie P (154)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:11 pm
"In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which, so far as I know, is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to do one thing in connection with it in your own interest and in the interest of the country - to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is.

Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. You can only mar it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see.

We have gotten past the stage. my fellow-citizens, when we are to be pardoned if we treat any part of our country as something to be skinned for two or three years for the use of the present generation, whether it is the forest, the water, the scenery. Whatever it is, handle it so that your children's children will get the benefit of it." President Theodore Roosevelt - 1903 - The first time he sawthe Grand Canyon

Mary T (178)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:24 pm
Thanks Suzanne, I have already signed and shared with all my Change friends, the Grand Canyon belongs to the American people or any one else that wants to visit, it does not belong to mining or oil company, leave it untouched.

Barb K (1685)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:24 pm
1,127 people including me. have already signed. Thanks, Suzanne! xx

Suzanne S (760)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:27 pm
Thanks everyone. I wanted to share with you that was initiating their promotion of the cause ~ this was mainly to share that article with you all as I'm sure all those on my friends list have already signed.

It's good to see that our work is noticed ~ and it's thanks to all of YOU that this petition has gotten where it has already.

Thank you one and all ~ We're a great team :)

Vivien G (153)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:32 pm
Noted I too signed the petition thank you Suzanne.

Jo-Ann Harris (85)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:37 pm
Noted and signed. This would be a terrible waste of a pristine environment if mining were to be allowed. I hope the answer is NO once and for all. Governments at point have to stand up to big business profiteering and shameful respect for nature.

Ruth McD (839)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:38 pm
Signed. The Grand Canyon is so beautiful. I really hope our voices will be heard to save it from destruction.

Carol H (229)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:52 pm
signed and noted, thanks Suzanne

Care two is lost (252)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:54 pm
Worldwide Campaign to Save the Grand CanyonSIGNED1,367 People

Judy C (91)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:01 pm
Great work, Suzanne my friend! I also signed The related petitions. This is so important.

Lori K (56)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:12 pm
Thank-you Suzanne! it turns out that I signed the petition some time ago, but I had several new friends on, These people had not signed the petition yet, so I was able to forward it to 12 new people.

It pays to redo things sometimes,
Thanks again!

Richelle R (62)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:14 pm
Thank you for the petition. We need to save all the beautiful places from human destruction.

Dotti L (85)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:20 pm
I have signed this petition before and will continue to do so. I was born in Arizona. Have been to the Grand Canyon several times. I hope to return there someday and hope to find it as I last saw it.

Patricia Myers (73)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:29 pm
Thank you gladly signed noted&shared

Alice C (1797)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:34 pm
Signed and shared !

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:36 pm
STOP destroying what mankind cannot replace/repair! Already had signed. Thanks Suzanne.

Animae C (509)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:56 pm
Than.q Suzanne

Monday April 4, 2011, 5:01 pm

Regina P (63)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:06 pm
Noted & signed. Thanks Suzanne

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:11 pm
signed ty Suzanne

Yvonne White (229)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:11 pm promotes Save the Grand Canyon worldwide campaign! Very cool Suzanne!:)

Jen S (121)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:13 pm
Signed, of course and letters mailed to my Senators-my Congressman has the IQ and functional literacy of a houseplant. The national forests, preserves, and parks should be unilaterally closed to commercial exploitation of any kind, in perpetuity. Were such a law passed, it woudl protect the parks, the animals and the American people against the loss of irreplaceable treasure-like the Canyon.

Simon Pearson (95)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:15 pm
Thanks Suzanne for this update and the great work you are doing.
I continually stress, at every opportunity, that taking a parochial view regarding "ownership" of great wonders of nature is short sighted.
The Grand Canyon does not "belong" to Arizona because of some historical accident. We, the people of the World, are mere custodians. The Amazon does not belong to Brazil, anymore than the Great Barrier Reef does not belong to Australia.
The fragmentation of the planet into little pieces of "property" is one of the reasons why humans are destroying the Planet. I wonder if it will ever occur to the majority ( rather than a tiny minority) that we all share one planet , Earth.

Constance F (418)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:19 pm
Thank you Suzanne for your dedication and post. Yes, the worldwide campign has near 2,000sigs on change. org. Thanks fabulous people.

Kathy B (106)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:22 pm
Good job Suzanne, it must give you the warm fuzzies to get this kind of support, signatures are up to 1,952!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:26 pm
Thank you for signing "Worldwide Campaign to Save the Grand Canyon"
Thank you Suzanne :)

Anne P (174)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:31 pm
Everything is under threat because the American people put the Republicans back in charge. When will we ever learn???

Susan L (150)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:56 pm
Thank you Suzanne for taking this petition to the top - a Green Star coming your way! Signed when you first posted, but I 'thought' (duh) that National Parks WERE protected, as in 'always and forever'. I can see allowing tourist facilities, but the land, waters and wildlife were protected as part of the Park. Shows what I get for thinking. I can't imagine it would even be considered to allow mining even near the park. I remember when they threatened the charter helicopters that flew into the canyon, maybe that should have been banned too.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 4, 2011, 6:05 pm
Noted, thanks Suzanne...have already signed for hubby an myself.

Ma-ru C (144)
Monday April 4, 2011, 6:19 pm
Noted,Thank you for efforts Suzanne!

Harsha Vardhana (56)
Monday April 4, 2011, 6:30 pm
Thanks Suzanne for the effort

It is an inspiration for the responsible all over the world

Valerie H (133)
Monday April 4, 2011, 6:44 pm
Thank you - previously signed!

Shelly Peterson (213)
Monday April 4, 2011, 6:46 pm
Congratulations Suzanne! Keep the petitions coming! Thankyou!

David C (75)
Monday April 4, 2011, 7:06 pm
already signed, but thanks and keep sharing these important petiitions...cannot believe that we would allow one of our national parks to be threatened in such a way...the parks belong to the people not the corporations.

Rand Martin (27)
Monday April 4, 2011, 7:43 pm
I caught this marvelous treasure at sunset on a motorcycle trip to California in 77'. These greedy scumbags will destroy anything and everything for a few more dollars. May they all rot in hell.

Kathy Javens (104)
Monday April 4, 2011, 7:46 pm
Noted. We are slowly running out of beautiful, wildlife places. We MUST save this, no matter what it takes. Please keep us updated on what is going on. Thank you for sharing this, Suzanne.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 4, 2011, 9:01 pm
Congrats on the new partnership with
What a noble cause!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 4, 2011, 9:08 pm
n& already signed. TY

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday April 4, 2011, 9:09 pm
We must win!!!! Congratulations on getting our voices heard Suzanne, great work!

bj. shaw (61)
Monday April 4, 2011, 9:16 pm
thank you for all the work Suzanne and every one that signed

Cindy Black (61)
Monday April 4, 2011, 9:32 pm
I've signed 'em.... thank you Suzanne!

Cindy C (125)
Monday April 4, 2011, 9:47 pm
mankind is really destroying everything grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Carmen S (69)
Monday April 4, 2011, 10:10 pm
Signed many times. We have been to the Grand Canyon twice and it is so awe inspiring. You stand there with your mouth saying "Oh MY God, How Beautiful" How Awsome. Pictures do not do it justice you have got to see it in person.

Joy Wong (100)
Monday April 4, 2011, 11:54 pm
Already signed, thanks Suzanne. Keep it up !

greenplanet e (155)
Monday April 4, 2011, 11:55 pm
Is nothing sacred?

We've already seen the dangers of nuclear power and the pollution of uranium mining -- mining should stay out of the Grand Canyon and humans should go solar and wind energies!

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:12 am
Signed & noted.

Ioana B (132)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:21 am
Unable to sign,but forwarded.Thank you dear Suzzane,i am hoping for this beauty to be saved.

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:23 am
noted and signed

Lisa Z (168)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:39 am
Signed & Shared on Facebook!!!

mary f (200)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:44 am

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 1:20 am
Well done Suzanne. Signed whatever I could not being American.

Even I have visited the Grand Canyon, being Danish, living in Africa. However, it is one of the wonders I decided I just had to experience. Its beauty can only be described by poets. Carry on Suzanne, we will be there with you all the way.

Alet Coetzee (59)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:11 am
Noted thanks Suzanne. U.S residents only.

Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:22 am
Noted and already signed. Thank you, Suzanne.

chris b (2474)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:42 am
There is only one Grand Canyon unless one includes the yawning chasm that resides between most politician's ears!

Krasimira B (175)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:57 am
Thank you Suzanne for the great work you are doing! Already signed and shared.

Krasimira B (175)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:58 am
You cannot currently send a star to Suzanne because you have done so within the last week.

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:19 am
I signed on August 19, 2010. Keep fighting Suzanne! There's still 30 days left to submit opposition.

Where are all the people who care about our environment? Isn't that the reason we're here?
Where are the 15,527,121 members doing good?

Annick Letourneau (67)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:34 am
For US residents... thanks x

Ludger W (65)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:49 am
thank you

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:12 am
Signed earlier,thanks SuSanne.

Natalie Away J (125)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:27 am
Noted, thanks Suzanne. I wish I could sign but I can't as I live outside the US, however I have signed a different petition on this. I wish they would leave the Grand Canyon alone. It is so beautiful and it needs protecting.

Natalie Away J (125)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:32 am
I found another petition for the Grand Canyon, it is

Elsie Au (259)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:35 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Suzanne for the petition and Ioana for forwarding. Yes, the best thing we can do is to leave Grand Canyon alone.

Suzanne Hall (7)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:42 am
Signed and shared. Previously signed the one above posted by Natalie J. Thanks for all you are doing, Suzanne!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:02 am
already signed and forwarded on

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:26 am
Already signed..noted and shared, thanks Suzanne.

Anne F (60)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:31 am
Thanks for doing a fantastic job Suzanne!

Heidi L (88)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:03 am
Noted, already signed

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:04 am
It's great to see promoting this issue, and it's great to see you getting credit for all the hard work you've poured into saving the Grand Canyon! Kudos to you, Suzanne!

Jessica Lopes (19)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:12 am
Thanks for the info, noted.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:31 am
No authority gives surely allowed to infringe on economic interests here. But who knows

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:32 am
Thanks Suzanne, signed, noted and forwarded. It would be a tragedy if mining is allowed any where near this national treasure. We just can't let that happen. We visited the canyon about 8 years ago and I remember seeing it for the first time as the sun set on the rocks and how stunningly beautiful it was. We also hiked down the Bright Angel Trail and rafted the Colorado for 6 nights. It is hard to believe they would even consider this.

Brenda M (133)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:44 am
N'd, Thanks Suzanne for the story...signed this already and many others..hopefully they will hear us loud and strong! They need to leave it alone, and stop destroying all the "natural" beauty of Naturel!! Thanks to Valerie for the forward to your story!

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:56 am
Signed and noted!

malke schmiedeberg (2)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 7:21 am
Noted but not allowed to sign!

Cheryl B (64)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:12 am
thanks for telling the world

Brenda Towers (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:26 am
WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Before it is to late!!

Peggy A (109)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 10:06 am
Already signed and shared again....Is money really so important that these idiots will risk ruining something so unique and beautiful.Once they destroy it,there will be no more.The beauty will be lost forever and future generations will only be able to read about it.We must stop the mining.And this petition is a giant step towards doing that

Star S. (54)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 10:44 am
noted but its only for US residents

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:10 am
Seems not all people here read the posts, oh well. Suzanne, I too just want to pass a quick congratulation for being "discovered" by Jess Leber (Her only little error was saying May 2 instead of May 4, -so what..) and it is of course thanks to YOU this cause got the notice and to where it is now! No reason at all to feel humbled, but rather proud to be honored!

Valerie W (52)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:37 am
Read, noted & signed petition, thanks Suzanne! "The Bureau of Land Management",??, REALLY!! This government branch is the very same one responsible for the BRUTAL, mass roundups & deaths of MANY of OUR beautiful, wild mustangs!! They are removing these wild horses to strip the land they're on, by way of excess cattle grazing & pipelines!! Even though I signed the petition, good luck getting anywhere with the "BLM". Big money talks way louder than any of us! As it is at the present time, there are far more wild horses living in government holding pens(paid for with OUR taxes!!), than are left in the wild. The Grand Canyon is a beautiful, spiritual, awesome place, do NOT trust the BLM to protect it!

Gudrun D (447)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:47 am
Thanks Suzanne - already signed!

. (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:54 am
Some petitions can be signed more than once. In fact some petitions can be signed as long as your finger keeps going.

Others can only be signed once.

Check it out.

I'm in Arizona. I propose we keep our desert culture beauty.

Years ago, I read that in England, office ladies often gave up lunch to purchase flowers.

Anybody else for a bouquet?

Heros have alsways known, beauty is worth fighting for and we are the fighters. Sign those petitions, the ones you like, sign as many times as you can.

. (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 1:27 pm
The "Worldwide Campaign to Save the Grand Canyon" only allows US residents to sign.

Roger G (148)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 1:45 pm
signed thanks !

Jason Green (235)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:05 pm
signed thank you

Suzanne S (760)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:10 pm
The Worldwide Campaign to Save the Grand Canyon Petition on is over 21K signatures! New goal is 25K ~ Wish we could make that kind of headway on Care2!!

Abo r (107)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:16 pm
Signed noted thanks

Elizabeth P (99)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:20 pm
Signed and delivered. How could any body in their right mind, destroy such beauty, Thanks for all of everyones help.

Suzanne S (760)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 7:14 pm
Over 28K signatures now... WOW!

Kelsey S (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:37 pm
noted and signed

Adam W. (11)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:39 pm
Yeah glad were getting some good press keep it up!

Suzanne S (760)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:56 pm
We just hit 30,000 signatures as of 8:55 pm pst !!! :)

desanka s (416)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 12:54 am
Suzanne you are doing great work! Grand Canyon is world treasure.

Suzanne S (760)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 8:44 am
The petition has been adjusted to once again allow international signers. I have addressed this issue with as when I originally posted the petition it was open all countries. We don't know why it had changed, but it is now available to all again.

To sign the petition from your country, click on the light blue link "Outside the U.S." which is next to where "State" is listed and then choose your country and you will be able to complete the signing.

Suzanne :)

Shaheen N (64)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 11:29 am
Noted & Signed. Thanks Suzanne.

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 12:26 pm
Thanks Suzanne. I already signed, but for many who didn't have an opportunity, this is great!

José Ovidio Pérez Morel (50)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 2:45 pm

Suzanne S (760)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 6:59 pm
New Letter Campaign from EarthWorks - please take a moment to send this letter in too ~ thanks!!

Earthworks Protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining Letter Campaign

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 10:50 pm
noted, already signed all the petitions that I found. Thank You.

Lucy D (12)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 7:36 am
I remember my first and only view of The Grand Canyon way back in 1968, when I was 13. (Later, my parents, in their 60's would hike down and back in one day!) The GC was one of the major stops on my family's Great Western Camping Expedition--a month of adolescent angst trapped in a pop-up trailer with parents and 3 siblings. That summer, I stood next to dizzying redwoods, shivered next to Old Faithful, and visited Disneyland, but only the Grand Canyon stunned me into silence. For the first time, I saw my place in the world of nature--the tiny, completely self-absorbed speck of me recognized its historical context--millions, maybe billions of years, shaken and compressed into countless layers--all that remained of time. The lessons learned from the Grand Canyon have nothing to do with self-interest and everything to do with humility, wonder, and silent contemplation. Ezra Pound wrote, "Learn of the green world what can be thy place / In scaled invention or true artistry. / Pull down thy vanity . . ." (Cantos LXXXI) It's time to preserve what we have not already destroyed.

Mark H (44)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 11:36 am

. (0)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 4:12 pm
Signed petition, as mentioned by Natalie J.

Michele Mercer (16)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 9:42 pm

Alan Withington (15)
Friday April 8, 2011, 1:32 pm
I signed the petition with the following message: The Grand Canyon is world heritage on a massive scale. It is a national treasue in America. Anyone with even the most feeble sense of patriotism would fight tooth and nail to protect this! I do so hope the narrow vested interest of the few don't rob us all of amazing world heritage that belongs to everyone!

Mandi T (367)
Sunday April 10, 2011, 5:54 pm
Aready signed. TY Suzanne xo

Carole K (195)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 8:09 am
Signed. TY, Suzanne!

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday May 14, 2011, 8:44 pm
Signed noted and commented. Good job
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