With the urgency of climate change, which we’re feeling first hand here in New Mexico, CVNM is launching a new website to help amplify your voice and call on decision-makers to continue to act to address the crisis.
The website – Climate Action Now NM – is a place where New Mexicans can let our legislators know we want real climate action. The site highlights the state’s progress to date on bold commitments outlined in Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s climate executive order, adopted in 2019, and outlines a path forward on the work we have ahead of us.
It also features a legislative Climate Action Pledge which has been shared with the full state Senate. The pledge asks Senators to commit to prioritizing climate action in 2023. As legislators sign the pledge, their status on the website will update to reflect their commitments.
We are at a climate tipping point, and New Mexicans want and need climate action now. Over the past three years, New Mexico has emerged as a national leader on climate action. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act’s unprecedented investment in climate and environmental justice can play a key role in leveraging New Mexico’s commitments and help accelerate them. We need the legislature to up the ante and pass legislation that fully codifies the state’s climate commitments into law.
New Mexico has made significant investments to address the climate crisis head on: rulemakings that address methane and ozone pollution from the oil and gas industry, adoption of advanced clean car standards, enacting community solar, ensuring New Mexico’s electricity is sourced by 100% clean energy by 2045, and addressing carbon pollution economy-wide by putting the state on a path to zero climate pollution emissions by 2050. But there is still much that needs to be done to implement these policies and rules and ensure an equitable transition to a zero-emission economy that works for every New Mexican.
Take a look at the website, Climate Action Now NM, email your legislators, and stay informed during this especially consequential upcoming session.