Protect Grand Canyon from Tourism Development

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Target: Navajo Nation’s President Ben Shelly

Goal: Stop developers from building retail stores and tourist attractions in the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon is a site of natural beauty, famous for its structure unaltered by humans. The product of millions of years of natural processes like erosion, the Grand Canyon is now a site that people travel across the world to admire. Unfortunately, a group of developers is planning to exploit the Grand Canyon’s natural beauty by polluting the area with tourist attractions and retail stores.

The developer group, Confluence Partners, wants to infiltrate a 420 acre area of the Grand Canyon, disrupting the natural beauty with plans for an Imax theater, retail stores, a gondola tram, and a variety of hotels on the rim of the canyon. These plans continue to the valley’s floor, with a proposed food court and “riverwalk.”

Opposing opinions come from the Navajo people who value the Grand Canyon as a sacred area. Some would like to conserve the natural area of the Grand Canyon because of its cultural significance to them. Others, including Navajo Nation’s President Ben Shelly, approve of the plan to help provide jobs and revenue for the community. Shelly is even offering to help the program proceed with a $65 million contribution.

This invasive plan is set to destroy the pristine and natural beauty the Grand Canyon is famous for. This exploitation for profit is unnecessary and will be disrupting a thriving ecosystem, a natural wonder, and a culturally significant area. Please help to preserve the natural state of the Grand Canyon and prevent it from being disrupted. By signing this petition below, you will be asking the Navajo Nation’s President Ben Shelly to withdraw his support from this project and to help end the plans to build in and around the Grand Canyon.


Dear President Shelly,

The Grand Canyon is a wonder that is a product of natural processes and is over a million years old. This unique occurrence attracts people from all parts of the world. The Navajo people also see the Grand Canyon as culturally significant, valuing it as a sacred site.

Infiltrating this beautiful, natural area with commercial buildings would disrupt a natural ecosystem and as well as a sacred area. The Grand Canyon’s natural beauty does not deserve to be exploited for profit but rather protected. Your community and culture value the Grand Canyon’s natural state and plans to introduce commercial buildings into this area will disrupt both nature and culture.

Please reconsider your support for the plans to build commercial buildings in the Grand Canyon. Take action and preserve the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon by withdrawing your contributions and helping to prevent this project from continuing.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Amaltheus via Wikimedia Commons

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