With a warming climate affecting everything from New Mexico’s growing seasons to wildfire threats to water supplies, some state leaders, political experts and environmentalists will meet next month to discuss possible solutions. .
Dubbed the New Mexico Climate Summit, the conference scheduled for October 25-26 at the Roundhouse will bring together various conservation groups, tribal leaders, faculty and community activists to address the growing global crisis affecting the region.
The goal is to come away with policy ideas that can be presented to the next legislative session and to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham so they can work together to help the state adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change. said House of Commons Speaker Brian Egolf, whose office hosted the event.
“It’s not supposed to be sitting and talking,” said Egolf, D-Santa Fe. “We really want to come out of the conference with some concrete ideas. “
This will be the first state-level climate summit in New Mexico, Egolf added.
During the breakout sessions, participants will look for ways for the state to move away from fossil fuels, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while providing a just energy transition, especially for communities. ethnic groups who have suffered the most detrimental effects of the current system, he said.
They will also discuss how to better protect the air, land and water and diversify the energy economy – by creating family jobs – in response to climate change.
Egolf’s office partnered with a range of organizations for this event, such as New Mexico Wild, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter, Natural Resources Defense Council, OLÉ, Center for Civic Policy , Western Resource Advocates, the Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation Voters New Mexico, Power4NewMexico, the Angelica Foundation and the Energy Foundation.
Speakers will include the Governor, Tribal Chiefs, Maite Arce of the Hispanic Access Foundation, Andrew Baumann of the Global Strategy Group, and professors from the University of New Mexico and Georgetown University.
Joey Keefe, a spokesperson for New Mexico Wild, said a big part of tackling climate change will be finding finance, both by tapping into existing sources and creating new ones.
Former lawmakers may not have made climate change a priority, but there is hope that the current governor and legislature will be open to suggestions from climate advocates, including how to pay for them. programs, he said.
It is also essential to provide political leaders with clear, science-based policy recommendations to give them a starting point, Keefe said.
“The groups that work on these issues on a daily basis can provide some sort of advice on how to take these big general ideas on tackling climate change and implement them into real policy solutions,” he added. .
Egolf said the climate crisis cannot be underestimated.
“It is the most urgent and pressing problem ever faced by mankind,” said Egolf. “We must demand actions at the international and federal levels. But we cannot wait for them to do everything. And we cannot ignore the opportunities for us to contribute here.”