The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is located in an urban region with more than four million people. Beyond the village’s business centre and residential neighborhoods lie thousands of acres of farmland and nature preserves. The Pima-Maricopa people have earned a reputation as leaders in sustainable green businesses. Art gets a behind-the-scenes look at the tribe’s award-winning recycling centre that processes more than eighty thousand tons of glass, paper, metals and plastics each year and contributes to a cleaner environment in the Scottsdale region.
For thousands of years, the Pima and Maricopa people lived off the land and left virtually no carbon footprint. Today, their descendants continue to be environmentally responsible and proactive. In 1993, the tribe opened the Salt River Landfill, a 200 acre facility with a mission to protect the environment, promote public health and ultimately conserve the region’s natural resources.
Maria Theresa Lauron represents the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) and the People Movement on Climate Change (PMCC) at the UN Climate Change Conference. Based in the Philippines, Maria advocates for small farmers throughout the southern hemisphere whose lives are affected by economic globalization and climate change.