CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster
SANTA FE — Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) launched a new website: Climate Action Now NM.
The site will provide information on key aspects of the climate crisis in the state, showcasing the work that has already been accomplished and what remains to be done. It also calls on state legislators to prioritize policy action that transitions the state to a zero-emissions economy by 2050.
The site will soon be available in Spanish as well.
“We are past the point where we can just talk about the problem; New Mexicans want and need climate action now. While we applaud the state for its significant progress over the past three years, we now need to bring New Mexicans together to build a zero-climate pollution future by 2050,” CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster said. “We hope ClimateActionNowNM will be a place where New Mexicans can track state progress in real time, and let their legislators know they want meaningful climate action to fully and swiftly meet the moment we are in. We are at a climate tipping point in New Mexico. Together we can build a better future for all New Mexicans.”
The ClimateActionNowNM website features a climate pledge asking legislators to commit to policy action that transitions the state to a zero-emission economy. The site also keeps a running tally of legislators who have committed to taking climate action in the 2023 legislative session and those who have not. The climate action pledge was shared with the full state Senate ahead of the website launch; some Senators have already pledged. It will be shared with the full state House in November after the conclusion of the 2022 general election.
“Last fall, Gov. Lujan Grisham announced that her administration would champion efforts to address climate pollution economy-wide, ensuring the state will have zero-climate emissions by 2050,” CVNM Political and Policy Director Ben Shelton said. “New Mexico has proven thus far it’s up to the challenge – we just need our state legislature to act. We hope the public will leverage our website to let their decision-makers know why climate action is important to them and call on the legislature to prioritize policy action in the upcoming legislative session.”
Over the past three years, New Mexico has made significant investments to address the climate crisis head on through rulemakings that address methane and ozone pollution from the oil and gas industry, and adoption of clean car standards. The state also enacted community solar legislation and adopted policy ensuring New Mexico’s energy production will be sourced by 100 percent clean energy by 2045.
CVNM’s ClimateActionNowNM website highlights a number of accomplishments taken by state leaders, and a full slate of recommendations for next steps. Learn more by visiting the website.