Meet our outings chair – Terry Owen
24th Annual State of the Air Report
According to the American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air Report, Eddy County ranked as #19 most polluted county in the U.S. for ozone and is one of only two only rural counties among the top 25 in the US for ozone pollution. Eddy County has seen an increase in ozone days in each of the past five reports and earned an “F” grade. Albuquerque’s air quality has gotten worse since last year’s report, Albuquerque was named one of the top 25 worst cities in the nation for ozone pollution.
Meet the ExComm – Tricia Snyder
Tricia Snyder has served as a member of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter’s executive committee since 2023.
Greater Chaco Coalition provides a guide for initiative to truly “Honor Chaco”
The Greater Chaco Coalition shared recommendations on how the Department of Interior can ensure the initiative produces timely, durable outcomes that advance environmental justice. Using a new collaborative process, the Honoring Chaco Initiative is intended to bring federal agencies, Tribes, advocacy groups, and stakeholders together to address the need for lasting landscape-level management of the Greater Chaco Landscape.
Lead, Governor: climate action can’t wait
That’s three Sierra Club leaders three days in a row! Great job, John, Norman and Camilla! https://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/lead-governor-climate-action-cant-wait/article_7bad2a60-e52c-11ed-baf0-fb56d639783a.html
Connecting with Nature on Earth Day
It was a beautiful morning in Southern New Mexico for a hike and remembering the importance of spending time outdoors, breathing fresh air and connecting with the beautiful landscapes of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument on Earth Day.
Independent study says Prop K is economically feasible, would create jobs and have little to no ratepayer impact
In April 2023, researchers published a report looking at the technical and economic feasibility of Proposition K, the El Paso ballot initiative that would reduce climate pollution in the city and includes goals for increasing renewable energy on El Pasoans’ electricity grid.
Spring 2023 Outings
Rio Grande Sierra Club hikes and outings for April – June 2023
Sierra Club El Paso Group statement on Castner Range designation as National Monument
On March 21, President Biden announced the designation of Avi Kwa Ame in Nevada and Castner Range in Texas as the country’s newest national monuments. The designation provides permanent protection for roughly 514,000 acres of Nevada and Texas landscapes.
Bridge to the Ancestors Walk – Permian Basin to TX Gulf Coast
March 25-April 1, the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas (Esto’k Gna) is holding a youth-led, week-long run and walk from the Permian Basin to the Rio Grande Valley to bring awareness to the harmful, exploitative and unjust impacts of extractive industries on their sacred lands. The event, titled Bridge to the Ancestors, will start with an opening ceremony on March 24th at Monahans Sandhills State Park in Monahans, TX. Over the next 10 days, tribal members will visit eight communities, culminating in a celebration on April 2 in Port Isabel, Texas.