Climate / Environment

Climate / Environment

Climate and the environment are intertwined in many ways. We define climate as the human-caused, controllable parts of nature. The environment includes the natural world: air, water, wildlife, forests, and the land itself, its cycles, and interrelationships.

Our group’s focus is prompting action by the government at all levels. President Biden has included mitigation of climate change in every bill and Cabinet department. New Mexico has climate warriors at the federal level, including Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan. NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has made significant strides but we need to encourage her, state legislators and our federal representatives to write and pass better bills.

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Recommended actions are forthcoming. Here are the groups we are watching.

Wildlife/New Mexico

In order to have a healthy ecosystem, wildlife must be protected.  Three important bills will be considered in coming legislative sessions. The New Mexico Wildlife Heritage Act seeks to reform the Department of Game and Fish, with an emphasis on wildlife conservation and scientific management. The Natural Lands Protection Act and the Natural Heritage Conservation Act provide healthy habitat for wildlife and humans.

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Take Action

Write or call your New Mexico state senators and representatives and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to support pro-wildlife legislation.

Wildlife/National

On the national level, we are watching President Biden’s 30×30 Initiative, which will protect 30 percent of land and marine ecosystems in the United States by 2030. This effort could save one million species from extinction. 

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Take Action

Call your senators, representatives, and President Biden and encourage them to advocate for the implementation of the 30×30 Initiative and reverse Trump downgrades of wildlife protections.