The Climate Crisis – Solutions from New Mexico

Join U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and leaders from the frontlines of the Climate Crisis in New Mexico for a discussion of the House Select Committee on Climate Crisis Report

Read the Climate Crisis Report here

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, Environment New Mexico, and Western Leaders Network are co-hosting a webinar on Thursday, August 27th at 2pm with U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján to highlight the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ report on Solving the Climate Crisis and its importance for New Mexico.

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New Mexico is on the frontlines of the climate crisis, threatened by increased temperatures, reduced water availability, and more frequent wildfires. The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ report lays out a comprehensive plan of action for addressing the climate crisis, promoting clean energy development, resiliency, and environmental and racial justice. The webinar will focus on key aspects of the Report, how they impact New Mexico and our state’s homegrown solutions.

Speakers include:

  • Representative Ben Ray Luján
    The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Report, what it says and what it means for New Mexico
  • Arcelia Isais-Gastelum, NM Interfaith Power and Light and ReNew Mexico
    Young Adult Leader, NM Interfaith Power and Light
    Panel moderator
  • Serafina Lombardi, New Mexico Acequia Association, Española
    Climate impacts and solutions on water and food
  • Derrick Toledo, Western Leaders Network, Jemez Pueblo
    Climate impacts and solutions to oil and gas waste and pollution
  • Blaine Nez, Gallup Solar, Gallup New Mexico
    Climate impacts and solutions of generating our electricity, and the need for Renewable Energy


2:00 pm Welcome & introductions
Moderator: Arcelia Isais-GastelumBen Ray Lujan
The report: Frontlines of the climate crisis & solutions; From the front lines of climate impact and solutions

Serafina Lombardi
Water and agricultural issues

Derrick Toledo
Methane, COVID, oil & gas, and air quality

Blaine Nez
Renewable energy, the Clean Energy Standard, and modeling

2:30 pm Questions and answers

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More about the speakers

Arcelia Isais-Gastelum
Arcelia Isais-Gastelum is a young adult advisor to New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light as well as the Policy and Partnership Manager with the organization ReNew Mexico. Having grown up and studied in Arizona, she grew to be protective of our desert landscapes and resources, especially in light of our looming climate crisis. She moved to New Mexico in 2018 to pursue her passion of working alongside communities to advocate for the advancement of renewable energy. She hopes to continue working towards and seeing positive changes that will bring forth a clean and sustainable future for our communities.
Serafina Lombardi
Serafina has been with the New Mexico Acequia Association for nearly 8 years and currently serves as the Programs Director. She comes from a long line of subsistence farms and is helping to raise the next generation on Acequia Martinez Arriba in Chimayo, NM. She is deeply dedicated to being part of a team building the Acequia movement and lifting up acequias as a key strategy to climate change adaptation.
Ben Ray Lujan
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján grew up in Nambé, a small farming community north of Santa Fe, where he learned the importance of caring for our land and waters. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he has championed commonsense renewable energy solutions and the Clean Energy Standard. He was an obvious choice for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, where he helped shape the Climate Crisis Action Plan by leveraging our National Laboratories, investing in workers, and creating new opportunities for New Mexicans.
Blaine Nez

Blaine Nez is an NABCEP Certified Solar Associate. He specializes in off-grid solar design and installation. His background is in Rammed Earth Passive Solar and net zero designed homes.
Derrick Toledo
Derrick Toledo is the Indian Country Organizer for Western Leaders Network. A former tribal official from Jemez Pueblo, he is a graduate from the University of New Mexico where he studied Multimedia Journalism and Marketing Management. In 2018 Derrick was awarded the 2018 New Voices Scholarship by Air Media. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Native American Voters Alliance Education Project and the Executive Committee for the Rio Grande Chapter Sierra Club but also as the Public Lands Conservation Chair.


The Climate Crisis – Solutions from New Mexico