Global Warming Express: From Congress to the Legislature

By Genie Stevens, Global Warming Express

The Global Warming Express has been busier and bigger than ever this fall. By January we will have added new programs in Belen, Taos and Santa Fe and will have recruited five more mentors, in addition to our fall programs.

We will have programs in Los Alamos, Taos, Dixon, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Belen, while working on a new program in Española.

This fall, the GWE came to the attention of Greta Thunberg and national and international audiences when U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján gave the GWE a shout-out during the congressional meeting with Greta and youth climate activists. Rep. Luján asked Greta a question posed by GWE founder Marina Weber: “How can we get more youth in America engaged in climate activism?” Greta wisely answered: “Educate them,” which is exactly what we are in the Rio Grande Sierra Club region doing.

On December 9, mentor Beverly Williams and a group of her Global Warming Expressers from Mountain Mahogany School traveled to Santa Fe Prep’s Climate Symposium to lead a workshop on speaking about climate change in public as impactfully as kids do! We look forward to offering similar workshops at other venues. Let us know if you have venues for such events.

GWEers are now heading in various directions, to plant trees and to observe beavers in the Bosque. Look for our 260-plus GWEers at the Roundhouse at Environment Day on January 28!

Photo by Camilla Feibelman. GWE activists asked Bernalillo County to declare a climate emergency. 

Global Warming Express: From Congress to the Legislature