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One Planet: How The Border Wall Is Impacting The Environment, Tribal Lands And Sacred Sites

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Border Field State Park / Imperial Beach, San Diego, California

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we are discussing the devastating environmental impacts of the Trump administration’s border wall. According to Defenders of Wildlife, 400 miles of wall along the southern US border will potentially impact 89 endangered species, including jaguars and gray wolves, 108 species of migratory birds, numerous wildlife refuges and protected wetlands.

Native burial sites in Arizona were blasted for construction. How are border communities responding? 

Guests:

Dan Millis, borderlands program manager for the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Chapter in Arizona

Myles Traphagen, borderlands program coordinator for the Wildlands Network

Juan Mancias, chairman of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe in South Texas

Web Resources:

Sierra Club: Borderlands

The Guardian: 'That's genocide': ancient tribal graves threatened by Trump border wall

The Guardian: Trump’s border wall construction threatens survival of jaguars in the US

Sierra Club: The Wall Must Fall

Arizona Republic: As wall construction continues, conservation groups fear the fate of San Pedro River

Business Insider: Contractors working on Trump's border wall are pointlessly blowing up chunks of Arizona that they won't have time to actually build on, campaigners say

NPR: Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race To Build Trump's Border Wall

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.