Moms are working in New Mexico to fight for clean air and a stable climate. We host events, share information about what’s going on, and create opportunities for mothers to talk to their legislators about their concerns. Please join us in New Mexico, and let us know about your priorities.
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How we’re making a difference in New Mexico
New Mexico Moms Respond to Covid-19
As we cope with the Covid-19 response in New Mexico, Moms Clean Air Force is holding all events virtually. Keeping our families safe is our top priority.
Hope will not be cancelled. We are stronger together, and a better future for our children keeps us motivated. All staff are working from home. We are meeting with each other and our lawmakers virtually, and we are exploring ways to best support New Mexico communities, especially those for which Covid-19 is an extreme hardship.
But as the science shows that breathing polluted air can worsen the impacts of Covid-19, the EPA continues to push forward a dangerous, racist agenda that weakens lifesaving pollution regulations. Join Moms Clean Air Force in demanding that EPA do its job and protect the health of our children and communities.
New Mexico Moms join Moms Clean Air Force members from across the country to demand EPA protect our families from dangerous smog.
On August 30 and September 1, 2020, Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico joined more than 50 Moms Clean Air Force staff and volunteers from 14 states and DC to deliver testimony at EPA’s virtual public hearing on ground-level ozone, or smog. Smog is a widespread and largely preventable form of air pollution that is a powerful lung irritant and asthma trigger. In July 2020, in the midst of a global respiratory pandemic, EPA chose to keep the standards for smog the same—in spite of strong evidence showing significant health harm at levels below the current standards—and opened a public comment period that would be considered notably short even if we were not in the midst of a global respiratory pandemic. This continues a disturbing trend at EPA, led by Administrator Andrew Wheeler, of sidelining science, ignoring environmental injustice, and stifling public participation in the rulemaking process.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico field organizer Celerah Hewes offered testimony.
New Mexico Moms applaud the state’s first ever methane rule.
In July 2020, New Mexico released a draft methane rule that will limit pollution from oil and gas operations across the state. The rulemaking process was initiated by Governor Lujan Grisham’s 2019 Executive Order committing her state to essential climate action and is the result of state agencies, scientists, environmentalists, and industry experts working together. Oil and gas operators in New Mexico emit over 1 million tons of climate warming methane annually. Methane is the main component of natural gas and is emitted alongside other contaminates that cause smog and threaten public health. New Mexico Moms have been working for years to set the groundwork for this new rulemaking and will participate in the public hearing on the draft rule on August 6.
New Mexico Moms join members of Moms Clean Air Force across the country to demand stronger protections against deadly soot.
In May 2020, Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico joined more than 65 Moms Clean Air Force staff and volunteers from 18 states and DC to deliver testimony at the EPA’s virtual public hearing on PM 2.5, or deadly soot. In April 2020, Trump’s EPA proposed to retain the current standards for particle pollution, ignoring science and putting thousands of lives at risk. Even in the midst of a national public health emergency from COVID-19, moms participated in the public hearing in record numbers. It’s one of many ways Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico is continuing to engage in serious and consequential advocacy and outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.
New Mexico organizer Celerah Hewes offered testimony, as did three Moms Clean Air Force members from around the state.
Moms Clean Air Force helps New Mexico push for bold climate legislation.
In November 2019, Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 with Representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Chellie Pingree (ME-01). This ambitious national bill aims to eliminate all climate pollution—including from transportation, electricity, buildings, and agriculture—by no later than 2050.
In the months leading up to the release of the bill, New Mexico moms met with Members of Congress across the state to urge them to join as co-sponsors. Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico thanks Representative Deb Haaland (NM-01) for being a lead sponsor on this bill and Representative Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03) for being among the over 150 original co-sponsors.
Click here to learn more about the bill.
New Mexico passes major oil and gas reform, protecting families from climate pollution.
On March 15, 2019, Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico celebrated the passing of the first major oil and gas reform in the state in a decade. The bill will greatly improve oversight to ensure that violations and spills by the oil and gas industry are penalized, and raises penalties in the state for the first time since 1935.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was a critical force in passing this bill. Governor Lujan Grisham has been a longstanding supporter of Moms Clean Air Force, and New Mexico moms are grateful to her for putting the health and safety of New Mexico’s children first.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico joins Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham during her announcement committing to bold climate action.
New Mexico moms proudly stood beside Governor Lujan Grisham as she signed her January 2019, Executive Order to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, committing New Mexico to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. New Mexico will reduce statewide emissions by 45% by 2030 over 2005 levels, as well as implement stronger methane regulations for the oil and gas industry.
With her extensive background in public health, Governor Lujan Grisham has been a longtime ally of Moms Clean Air Force. Since her time in Congress, the Governor has worked closely with Moms Clean Air Force on both federal and local issues through frequent meetings in Washington, DC, and in district offices across New Mexico to discuss why we care so much about taking action on climate change and the impacts that oil and gas operations have on our families and communities. We were honored by the Governor’s invitation to take part in this monumental moment for our state and look forward to continuing to help move New Mexico toward climate safety.
“Today marks an important shift in direction on climate policy in New Mexico. We know all too well states cannot rely on the federal government right now to act responsibly and take the bold action scientists have made clear is needed to prevent calamitous climate change fallout in our lifetimes. It’s up to us.”
-Michelle Lujan Grisham
New Mexico moms push Albuquerque to adopt citywide single use plastic ban.
Led by New Mexico Supermom Ashley McKenna, Moms Clean Air Force pushed the city of Albuquerque to adopt a ban on single-use plastic bags. After New Mexico Moms and Clean Air Kids delivered a presentation to the City Council on plastics, four councilmembers worked together to draft the Clean and Green Retail Ordinance, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. The ordinance aims to reduce litter around Albuquerque by curbing the distribution of single-use plastic bags.
Fighting oil and gas pollution.
In New Mexico, we advocate for strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas operations. As New Mexico families deal with the health impacts of oil and gas extraction, we are galvanizing parents to take action.
We applaud Governor Lujan Grisham’s January 2019 Executive Order, which aims to drastically lower methane emissions through stronger regulations that reduce emissions from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure.
Organizing Latina moms through the Ecomadres program.
Launched in September 2018, the Ecomadres program brings Latina moms together to address issues of clean air, climate, and toxics, which affect the health of Latinx children and families. Ecomadres is a collaboration of Moms Clean Air Force and a number of partner organizations across the U.S.
We host cafecitos around Albuquerque that provide opportunities for the community to discuss air quality and climate change. These events aren’t just for the community; we also invite local officials to hear about the issues that concern their constituents.
Connecting with local elected officials.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico has been working with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and the city’s Sustainability Officer to move the city forward on a new Climate Action Plan. Albuquerque’s previously proposed Climate Action Plan, which aimed to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, was created by former mayor Martin Chávez and a task force of 60 residents. Although completed in 2008, the plan was never passed by the City Council.
With the commitment of Mayor Keller to join the Climate Mayors network and uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, Moms Clean Air Force is working to help the city achieve these goals and is pushing for the passage of a strong, updated Climate Action Plan that will help Albuquerque lead the country on climate.
We are also working to connect moms with mayors and local city officials through the Moms & Mayors Program, to help moms share the changes they want to see in their community with their mayor and other local officials. The goal is to achieve healthier communities—whether through addressing local air pollution issues, adding community solar projects, implementing citywide sustainability initiatives, and more. We held the second Moms & Mayors Summit in Albuquerque in May 2019.
We are a new climate leader—with a lot at stake.
New Mexico has quickly emerged as a leader in the fight for climate safety.
As the sixth-fastest warming state, there is a lot on the line for New Mexico.
From increasing wildfire risks, to longer droughts, to decreasing snowpack, to more extreme heat, New Mexico is already feeling the impacts of climate change. Even the beloved state tree, the piñon pine, may disappear from much of its current habitat by 2030.
Our children breathe polluted air.
Increasing oil and gas production in the San Juan Basin and southeastern New Mexico is driving an increase in air pollution in communities across New Mexico. Many areas are seeing rising levels of smog, or ground-level ozone, which is created in the atmosphere when heat and sunlight combine with oil and gas pollution. Smog irritates the lungs, triggers asthma attacks, interferes with normal lung development, and increases the risk of respiratory infections.
Doña Ana County (Las Cruces) and Bernalillo (Albuquerque) County received F and D grades respectively for ground-level ozone in the American Lung Association’s 2019 State of the Air report.
The San Juan Basin is the highest methane-emitting area of the United States, emitting so much methane that NASA scientists have found that it creates a 2,500-square-mile methane cloud visible from space.
State and federal limits on methane pollution from oil and gas operations will help reduce climate pollution while protecting New Mexico communities from copollutants, like benzene and VOCs, that can form smog, trigger asthma, and even cause cancer.
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New Mexico Moms joined Moms Clean Air Force members across the country to testify in EPA’s virtual hearing on its proposal to retain the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone. New Mexico field organizer Celerah Hewes urged EPA to follow the science and strengthen the existing rule.
On August 26, Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico and partners at Health Action New Mexico and CAVU hosted a statewide conversation about how climate change impacts the health of New Mexicans. Speakers included Barbara Webber (HANM), Kathy Kunkel (Cabinet Secretary, NM Dept. of Health), Brian Egolf (NM Speaker of the House), Dr. Dave DuBois (NM State Climatologist), and Adella Begaye (Diné CARE and former public health practitioner).
On June 25, New Mexico field organizer Celerah Hewes joined Moms Clean Air Force organizers from across the country to offer comment in a meeting with OMB officials on the EPA’s proposed methane rule.
New Mexico Moms joined Moms Clean Air Force members across the country to testify in the EPA’s virtual hearing on its proposal to retain the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. New Mexico organizer Celerah Hewes, a supermom, and several New Mexico youth advocates testified in favor of following science and strengthening the existing rule.
New Mexico field organizer Celerah Hewes hosted a Facebook Live conversation with Anne Epstein, MD, about how climate and coronavirus are interlaced, what that means for people with respiratory illness and chronic health issues, and how we can take action to protect our families from air pollution that may put our health at further risk.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico joined 350 New Mexico and other partners to host a conversation with Maggie Hart Stebbins, New Mexico’s new Natural Resources Trustee. Formerly a Bernalillo County Commissioner, Maggie Hart Stebbins was appointed by Governor Lujan Grisham on December 12, 2019. As Trustee, Hart Stebbins is responsible for leading state efforts to ensure contaminated, injured, or damaged natural resources are restored for the betterment of the environment and the benefit of New Mexicans and visitors.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in a Methane Advisory Panel public meeting. The meeting was part of the stakeholder outreach the New Mexico Departments of Environment (NMED) and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources (EMNRD) conducted for feedback on the development of the state’s first methane regulations.
On Earth Day, Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico joined environmental groups throughout the state for a virtual panel discussion about the intersection between coronavirus and climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a children’s art contest for Earth Week. The virtual event taught children not just about our planet, but also how we take action to protect it.
On March 19, Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in webcast of a Community Impacts Meeting on the state’s Oil and Natural Gas Methane Strategy. Find the presentation by the New Mexico Departments of Environment and Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources here.
Moms Clean Air Force joined Sierra Club New Mexico and 350 New Mexico for a holiday potluck celebrating our success throughout the state in 2019.
During the Youth Climate Strike at the University of New Mexico, Moms Clean Air Force marched in solidarity with youth strikers around the country.
On November 10, Moms Clean Air Force co-hosted an event with New Mexico climate groups focused on helping New Mexico residents get involved in federal and state climate work, as well as connect them with local youth organizers.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended an event hosted by 350 New Mexico focused on youth leadership in the Global Climate Strikes.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force from around the country, including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, testified in Dallas at the only public hearing on the EPA’s proposed repeal of the methane rule. Read more here.
Moms Clean Air Force members around the state joined the Global Climate Strike in Albuquerque on September 20.
On September 18, members of Moms Clean Air Force attended a meeting at the Albuquerque City Council to support the Climate Emergency Resolution being considered by the City Council. The resolution was passed with a sweeping 6-0 vote in favor.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended the sixth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Health Cafecito in Albuquerque.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted an election night house party.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Solar Fiesta.
Field Organizer Celerah Hewes participated in a candidate education forum with United Methodist Women.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in the Rise at the Rio for Climate, Water, Jobs & Justice Rally in Albuquerque.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in a telepresser to discuss a new public health report focused on the health impacts of oil and gas pollution on our children and communities.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in an event titled Zozobra Rising for the LWCF with Senator Udall’s staff, the National Wildlife Federation, the Partnership for Responsible Business, Vet Voices, and the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce. The event discussed the benefits of public lands and the importance of reauthorizing and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund prior to expiration on September 30.
Field Organizer Celerah Hewes attended the Rally for Clean Air at the New Mexico Capitol. Celerah spoke to the crowd about clean buses and methane issues and addressed the National Governors Association’s responsibility to act at the local level.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended a World Asthma Day event.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended a city council meeting in Albuquerque.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Mama Summit at City Hall in Albuquerque to learn about and celebrate local action on climate change. Statements were made by Mayor Keller’s office and a representative from Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended Earth Fest.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico Organizers Alexandra Merlino and Celerah Hewes met with staff from Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico members met with Senator Martin Heinrich to thank him for his budget vote and discuss climate issues.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico Supermoms Tahirih Garcia, Caitlin Padilla, and Sarah Shaw hosted house parties in Albuquerque.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico testified at an oil and gas hearing in Santa Fe.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in New Mexico Environment Day at the New Mexico State Capitol.
Field Organizer Celerah Hewes provided testimony in support of the Volkswagen settlement Electric School Bus Memorial proposed by Conservation Voters and Junto: Our Land Our Water.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Legislative Action Day in Santa Fe.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted State of the Union house parties in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in Women’s Marches in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Health Summit in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico, parents, and teachers gathered in Santa Fe for a Science “Teach-in” at the Public Education Department.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico coordinated and moderated a telepresser on Earthworks’s Oil & Gas Threat Map. Two moms were present on the webinar to discuss the impact of oil and gas drilling near schools.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Back to School Party at Tasty Tuesday.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico partnered with Progressive Action Picnic to table at Hyder Park in Albuquerque and talk with families about kids’ health and clean air.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended a lunch event with Senator Martin Heinrich.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Meet & Greet in Albuquerque. Folks gathered to meet Field Organizers Celerah Hewes and Alexandra Merlino and to learn more about how to get involved and help draw attention to important issues, including methane pollution, clean energy, asthma, and climate change.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended the March for Science in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended a methane town hall featuring Senator Udall.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico collected Get Out the Vote promise cards at Zozobra and Labor Day events in Santa Fe.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at Desfile de los Ninos and Desfile de la Gente.
Field Organizer Chelsey Evans attended the Conservation Forum around Latino voices in Albuquerque.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at Blacklight Yoga, Burning of Zozobra, the ABQ Labor Day Picnic, and the Santa Fe Labor Day Picnic.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe Farmers Market, and Kaune Community Conversation.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico signed on a letter in support of urging Secretary Jewell to strengthen and finalize the Bureau of Land Management methane rule as soon as possible and no later than the fall of 2016.
Moms Clean Air Force Missouri hosted a School’s Out Food Drive contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a press conference and delivered over 2,100 actions to Land Commissioner Dunn urging him to end his opposition to the Bureau of Land Management methane rules curbing harmful methane emissions.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and ABQ Rail Yards Market.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico held a roundtable focused on toxic chemical reform, which included Senator Tom Udall.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in a press conference with Senator Tom Udall on Toxic Substances Control Act reform.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and the New Mexico Land Commissioner’s Office.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in the Arroyo clean-up with the Santa Fe Community Yoga Center for Earth Day.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended an Earth Day community event.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Supermom house party.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Read-In at Albuquerque Main Library.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Read-In at the Santa Fe Main Library.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at Meow Wolf Site in Santa Fe.
On February 16, Field Organizer Chelsey Evans attended a hearing in Farmington at San Juan College. The hearing, put on by the Bureau of Land Management, provided community members the opportunity to offer their support for the methane standards proposed earlier in 2016. Those speaking in favor of the proposed rules outnumbered those in opposition by more than 2 to 1.
- Press Release, Trump’s EPA Guts Oil and Gas Methane Pollution Protections When New Mexico’s Families Need Them the Most
- Albuquerque Journal, Industry, enviros disagree on rules
- Santa Fe New Mexican, N.M. needs to prioritize public health
- Santa Fe New Mexican, Proposed EPA rollback threatens New Mexicans’ healt
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force’s New Mexico Chapter Applauds the Introduction of the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019
- Carlsbad Current Argus, “After the rigs came.” EPA hears testimony from locals impacted by oil and gas emissions
- Albuquerque Journal, NM moms to testify at methane hearing
- Press Release, New Mexico Moms Testify Against Trump’s Plan to Gut Critical EPA Methane Safeguards for Families
- Press Release, Moms Clean Air Force Opposes Trump’s Plan to Gut Critical EPA Methane Safeguards for New Mexico Families
- Press Release, NM Moms Join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill as Part of Sweeping Movement for Climate Solutions
- Press Release, Moms Applaud New Bill to Cut Methane Pollution and Protect New Mexico Families
- Media Advisory, Moms Celebrate Mother’s Day with Albuquerque local leaders for Summit in Support of Clean Air, Kids’ Health
- The GW Hatchet, Politicians encourage young people to become activists
- Albuquerque Journal, Now is the time to fight climate pollution
- Daily Lobo, Albuquerque rallies for sustainability during protest
- Public News Service, NM Grandmother Recognized for One-Woman Fight for Clean Air
- NM Political Report, NM grandmother recognized for one-woman fight for clean air
- KRWG NPR New Mexico, Trump Administration Attacks on Methane Safeguards Threaten New Mexico Families, Add to Pollution
- Carlsbad Current Argus, Methane protections needed for New Mexico
- Press Release, NEW REPORT: Trump Administration Attacks on Methane Safeguards Threaten Rural and Urban Families, Adds to Pollution Burden of Vulnerable Populations
- PressReleasePoint, More Than 125 Rally Outside National Governors Association Meeting, Calling on Governors to Invest in Clean, Electric School Buses for Children
- Public News Service, Air-Quality, Methane Rally Ahead of U.S. Governors Meeting in Santa Fe
- Santa Fe New Mexican, Range of activists rally under umbrella message to attract governors’ attention
- The Half Assed Housewife, Mom’s Clean Air Force Joins Albuquerque City Leaders to Protect Clean Air and Kids Health
- Albuquerque Journal, Moms group holds summit to discuss climate
- Albuquerque Moms Blog, Things to Do in ABQ :: A Mom’s Guide to May
- Albuquerque Journal, Do it for our kids: Preserving EPA isn’t just about money and politics
- Unearthed, Podcast Series
- Public News Service, Mapping NM Children’s Health in Shadow of Oil, Gas Drilling
- Los Alamos Daily Post, Rally For Science Education 8:30 a.m. Today
- Albuquerque Journal, Methane hot spot problem for air quality
- NM Political Report, NM groups urge EPA to enforce methane waste rule
- Public News Service, NM Groups Urge EPA to Enforce Methane-Waste Rule
- The Durango Herald, Study finds oil and gas industry largest contributor to ‘hot spot’
- KRWG, Udall: President Signing Chemical Reform Bill Is Historic Progress For Americans’ Health And Safety
- Sante Fe Reporter, Where There’s Fire
- Farmington Daily Times, San Juan County earns failing marks for ozone
- Press Release, State of the Air Report Highlights the Impact of Air Pollution from Oil & Gas Operations on the Health of New Mexico’s Children