For immediate release: Oct. 25, 2021
Santa Fe, NM – At her speech at the Speaker’s Climate Summit (2:33:35) on Monday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham promised to propose legislation codifying the goals of her 2019 Climate Executive Order in the 2022 New Mexico legislative session.
Climate and community advocates, who applauded the announcement, have been supporting climate-justice legislation that would create jobs and uplift frontline communities by moving toward a clean-energy economy and enshrining the economy-wide commitments to net-zero climate pollution in the governor’s Climate Executive Order in law.
“With today’s announcement, Gov. Lujan Grisham heads to the UN Climate Summit with deep climate commitments under her wings. By putting net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 into law this coming year, New Mexico and the Governor will continue to lead the country toward a liveable climate and a just transition. We know New Mexicans want bold, just climate solutions and 100% clean energy. We know our climate champions in the Legislature understand the climate emergency and the urgency to complete this critical work in the 30-day session,” said Camilla Feibelman, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter director.
“For generations, Native Americans have lived on the frontlines of fossil-fuel extraction but have had to live with the difficult reality of relying on extractive industry to feed and house their families while facing the negative impacts to their health and communities. The Governor’s decision to move net zero carbon emissions by 2050 into law is a monumental step forward to secure a habitable and worthwhile future for generations yet to come. This decision empowers our communities to make substantial investments into renewable energy and alternative means of economic diversification that are culturally relevant and center the health of our people, said Ahtza Chavez, Executive Director, NAVA Education Project.
Contact: Chloe Jake, NAVA Education Project, Media Coordinator, media@NAVAEducationProject.org
Camilla Feibelman, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.