About the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter
THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT'S MISSION IS TO CATALYZE A GLOBAL SOLUTION TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS BY MAKING URGENT ACTION A NECESSITY ACROSS EVERY LEVEL OF SOCIETY.
Request a Climate Presentation
COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY, WE ARE DEMANDING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. REQUEST A CLIMATE PRESENTATION ON THE IMPACTS, SOLUTIONS, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO DRIVE ACTIONS.
Wherever you are in New Mexico, please contact us if you are interested to host a climate presentation for a group you know, e.g. students or their parents, teachers, colleges, hospitals or medical groups, clubs, faith groups, policy makers, businesses, or a group of friends. A Climate Reality Leader will be happy to meet up with you to organize the presentation. This can be tailored to the interests, the time available, as well as to the age of the group. Contact Us.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
Our Schools Team
YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE, LIKE GRETA THUNBERG,
ARE SPEARHEADING CLIMATE ACTIONS AND MAKING A HUGE IMPACT IN TACKLING THE CLIMATE CRISIS.
OUR AIM IS TO EMPOWER STUDENTS IN NEW MEXICO TO TAKE UP THIS CHALLENGE.
The current generation of school students is the generation who will be faced with the impacts from the Climate Crisis and the demands to deal with them. As such, our Chapter's Schools Team is committed to raising awareness to the solutions of climate change, and empowering climate actions amongst New Mexico school students
Our Schools Team offers virtual climate presentations to school students in New Mexico. These presentations are flexible, aiming to fit in with the class level, the requirements of the teachers, the standards of the schools and the interests of the students. We aim to encourage students to choose some form of climate actions or solutions specific to their location and conditions.
We have also collated a Resources for Educators and Students.
To contact our Schools Team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference."
- Greta Thunberg
Our Climate Actions
WE WELCOME, TRAIN AND SUPPORT NEW AND CURRENT MEMBERS IN OUR CHAPTER TO CONDUCT CLIMATE PRESENTATIONS AND CLIMATE ACTIONS
Climate presentations, aimed at raising awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis and its solutions across all sectors of society, is a core practice of Climate Reality. Within the Chapter, we focus on helping members develop their skills by workshops, mentoring, networking with their communities, and ongoing support to deliver presentations that begin with a personal narrative and develop into shared narratives that are focussed and relevant to their audiences.
We conduct climate actions and campaigns spearheaded by Climate Reality such as the 100% Committed campaign and others. We advocate our elected officials to put climate first in their policies to transition New Mexico to a safe, equitable and sustainable future.
You too, can take part in this Sustainability Revolution sweeping the globe. Join Us.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Why we have to act here and now in New Mexico
CONFRONTING CLIMATE CHANGE IN NEW MEXICO - ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY TO PREPARE THE STATE FOR A HOTTER, DRIER FUTURE - Union of Concerned Scientists
"Climate change is altering fundamental weather patterns - affecting temperatures, water availability, and weather extremes - that shape the lives of New Mexicans. As a result, the infrastructure and resource-management plans designed for the conditions of the past may not meet future needs of the farmers, ranchers, outdoor enthusiasts, and other residents of New Mexico.
New Mexico's climate is getting hotter and drier, driven by regional and global warming trends. This means earlier springs, hotter summers, and less predictable winters. Precipitation patterns are also changing, with more intense droughts and a greater proportion of precipitation falling as rain rather than snow. Shrunken snowpacks and earlier snowmelts contribute to lower stream flows at critical times of the year, resulting in greater economic and environmental consequences.
To prepare for the expected impacts of these climate trends, New Mexico would benefit from sustained efforts to mitigate the potential consequences of less water, the health impacts of more excessive heat, and increased losses of lives and property from wildfires, while safeguarding the state's natural resources.
When the state empowers its people to make better choices for themselves - backed up by forward looking investments - the people of New Mexico can forge a new path to a resilient future, as they have done many times before. The challenge today is for New Mexico to take the steps necessary to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of climate change and ensure the future security of the state and its residents.
Other regions of the world can look to New Mexico's growing leadership on planning for water-scarce stress periods and increasing drought-resilient renewable energy sources."
Union of Concerned Scientists in New Mexico, April 2016. www.ucsusa.org/NewMexicoClimateChange.
“The reality we now face implores us to act.”
AL GORE, Former US Vice President,
Founder & Chairman of The Climate Reality Project
We must, we can and we will solve the climate crisis
EARTHRISE - A POEM BY AMANDA GORMAN, INAUGURAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE OF US, 2018
This poem reminds us that the Earth is our common and only home, and we are not only citizens of any one country, but Earthlings. Not only are we a part of our Mother Earth, but we are unequivocally interconnected with all beings - living and inanimate - of our planet. It inspires us to take action, to restore the infinitely intricate balance nature had in place for millennia, and to extinguish the existential threat now facing not only animals and plants species, but humankind as well.
Within the extremely narrow window of time left for us to be able to effectively avert calamitous consequences on our planet, we are exhorted to exert our best most determined effort, so we can pass on to our future generations a safe and sustainable world, one where they can know the beauty, the diversity and the benign life-sustaining cradle of nature we have known in ours and past generations.
Humanity has come together in the past to overcome insurmountable hardships. This climate crisis can and will be overcome by people joining forces from every corner of the world, without boundaries. Let us not fail our future generations, but let them remember us as the heroic generation.
“Fight like our world depends on it, because... our world depends on it. ”
AL GORE, Former US Vice President,
Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project
Resources for Individuals
WHAT CAN WE DO
Doing our part - at home:
- Use websites such as https://www.footprintcalculator.org/ to work
out our carbon footprints and then minimize this.
- Use LED lights, unplug appliances when not in use, wash clothes in cold water,
hang clothes to dry, use programmable thermostat, buy Energy Star appliances,
winterize our homes, get an energy audit.
- Consume less, waste less, enjoy more. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot
- Eat vegetarian/vegan meals some days of the week, buy organic, aim for zero
waste, grow your own.
- Take public transport, ride a bike, car share, switch to electric or hybrid vehicle,
minimize air travel. Offset emissions if flying.
- Advocate earth friendly changes to influencers and policy makers.
- Divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewables.
- Be role-models for our children on caring for our planet.
- Vote with your voices, choices and ballots.
Doing our part - at work and in our community:
- If we are planning a career or work change, we can look to the renewable energy
sector, as it is currently the fastest growing sector, providing jobs as well as economic
growth and development opportunities.
- Join Environmental Groups in our local areas. There are many such groups, such
as The Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.org etc.
Groups have mechanisms already in place for various climate actions, such as raising
awareness and advocating with influencers and policy makers.
GETTING UP TO SPEED ON CLIMATE CHANGE:
- An Inconvenient Truth - The crisis of Global Warming. By Al Gore
- An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power. By Al Gore
- Climate Change - What Everyone Needs to Know. By Joseph Romm
- The Uninhabitable Earth - Life After Warming. by David Wallace-Wells
- Drawdown - The most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Edited by Paul Hawken
- Designing Climate Solutions - A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy. By Hal Harvey, with Robbie Orvis and Jeffrey Rissman
- The Story of Stuff - The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health - And how We Can Make it Better. By Annie Leonard
- Zero Waste Home - The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste. By Bea Johnson
TAKING ON CLIMATE ACTION:
Environmental Groups to consider in NM:
- YUCCA NM
Leading From Home
RESOURCES DURING THIS PERIOD OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND COVID 19.
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Leading From Home
Tackling the climate crisis within the limitations of physical distancing.
Learning From Home - Resources
New information about climate change - connections, implications, reflections - related to physical distancing, are coming out daily. Together, we can help each other stay informed and connected.
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