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Alternative Media

Links are listed in alphabetical order.
AlterNet is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism and the Strategic Press Information Network, a non-profit public relations consulting organization that provides media trainings to other non-profit organizations to enhance the power of their message.
Amigos Bravos
Amigos Bravos is a non-profit river advocacy group dedicated to preserving both the ecological and cultural richness of the Río Grande watershed.
Animal Protection of New Mexico
APNM’s mission is to advocate the rights of animals by effecting systemic change, resulting in the humane treatment of all animals.
Democracy In Action
Democracy In Action is the first nonprofit organization providing an affordable, integrated online campaign solution for nonprofits of any size.
Environment New Mexico
Environment New Mexico is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization that works to protect our air, water, and open-spaces.
Farmers Markets of New Mexico
At New Mexico’s farmers’ and growers’ markets, you can buy food and other farm products directly from the people who have grown, raised or gathered them. Each market is unique, reflecting the particular character of local cultures, soils and climate. Most of our markets are open seasonally, from late or early summer through late fall. Three markets (Santa Fe, the Village of Los Ranchos in Albuquerque and Las Cruces) are now open year-round.
Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues
The mission of the Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues is to elevate the profile of state environmental politics by increasing the institutional and, more importantly, the political capacity of state Leagues of Conservation Voters (LCVs).
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of Friends of the Earth International, an influential, international network of grassroots groups in more than 70 countries.
Grist is an online environmental magazine. Our credo: Pull no punches, take no prisoners, eschew the wealth and fame that so often seduce online environmental journalists. And try to have a better sense of humor than a pack of fur protesters.
High Country News
High Country News is a bi-weekly newspaper that reports on the West’s natural resources, public lands, and changing communities. Covering 11 western states, from the Great Plains to the Northwest, and from the Northern Rockies to the desert Southwest, High Country News is a respected source for environmental news, analysis and commentary on water, logging, wildlife, grazing, wilderness, growth and other issues changing the face of the West.
Independent Media Project
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
LCV Education Fund strengthens the capacity of the environmental movement to mobilize citizens as informed voters and advocates for sound environmental policies, thereby increasing the influence of the environmental majority on the national, state and local levels.
National Audubon Society-New Mexico
Audubon is an environmental organization with emphasis on wildlife conservation and habitat. They have an educational center on 135 acres located in Santa Fe. Environmental education is a major emphasis.
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center works to protect New Mexico’s communities and their environments through public education, legislative initiatives, administrative negotiations and litigation.
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness Areas. The primary goal of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is to ensure the protection and restoration of all remaining wild lands in New Mexico through administrative designations, federal Wilderness designation, and on-going advocacy.
New Mexico Women’s Foundation
We support organizations and programs that create economic opportunities for New Mexico’s women and girls.
Nuclear Watch of New Mexico
Nuclear Watch of New Mexico provides timely and accurate information to the public on nuclear issues in New Mexico and the Southwest. Through the resulting empowerment of effective citizen action, Nuclear Watch of New Mexico seeks to promote both greater safety and environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities and federal policy changes that genuinely encourage international efforts to curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Orion Magazine
Orion explores an emerging alternative world view. Informed by a growing ecological awareness and the need for cultural change, it is a forum for thoughtful and creative ideas and practical examples of how we might live justly, wisely, and artfully on Earth.Since 1982, Orion has worked to reconnect human culture with the natural world, blending scientific thinking with the arts, engaging the heart and mind, and striving to make clear what we all have in common.
Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart, a citizen’s organization, has developed a Voter’s Self-Defense system to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.
Quivira Coalition
The mission of the Quivira Coalition is to foster ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship.
SAGE Council
Since 1996, the SAGE Council, formerly known as the Petroglyph Monument Protection Coalition, has been leading the fight to protect the petroglyphs and our communities from harmful highway extensions and suburban sprawl.”
Spin Project
The SPIN (Strategic Press Information Network) Project provides comprehensive media training, intensive media strategizing, and resources to community organizations across the country. SPIN helps grow the capacity of grassroots groups to shape public opinion and garner positive media attention.
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Southwest Energy Efficiency Project promotes greater energy efficiency in a six-state region that includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming — a high-growth region that is making great strides in advancing energy efficiency since 2002.
Southwest Organizing Project
Since 1980, Southwest Organizing Project has worked from the grassroots to “empower our communities to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice”.
Southwest Research and Information Center
Southwest Research and Information Center is a multi-cultural organization working to promote the health of people and communities, protect natural resources, ensure citizen participation, and secure environmental and social justice now and for future generations.
Sierra Club: the Rio Grande Chapter
The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a conservation nonprofit that works to protect our air, land, and water by advocating for pro-environmental policies like clean energy solutions, and public lands protection.
Taos Land Trust
The Taos Land Trust works to foster a legacy of open and productive lands for future generations
WildEarth Guardians
WildEarth Guardians aims to: Protect and restore the native biological diversity and watersheds of the American Southwest; educate and enlist citizens to support protection of the forests, rivers, deserts and grasslands of this arid region; advocate for the principles of conservation biology in plans to restore degraded ecosystems and watersheds; enforce and strengthen environmental laws; support communities in efforts to protect their land and to practice and promote sustainable use of natural resources.
The Southwest Environmental Center

Our mission is to protect and restore native wildlife and their habitats in the Southwestern borderlands, through advocacy, education and on-the-ground projects. We speak for wildlife and wild places. We work to protect and restore vital habitats, like Otero Mesa and the Rio Grande, and endangered species, like the Mexican Grey Wolf.

Links to Our Other Allies

Acoma Puebla Historical Preservation Office
Casa de Cultura
Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy (CCAE)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Farm to Table
Food and Water Watch
Gila Conservation Coalition (GCC)
Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP)
League of Women Voters (LWV)
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE)
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)