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 passes major oil and gas reform, protecting families from climate pollution.
On March 15, 2019, New Mexico Clean Air Moms 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 Clean Air Moms are grateful to her for putting the health and safety of New Mexico’s children first.
New Mexico Clean Air Moms join Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham during her announcement committing to bold climate action.
New Mexico Clean Air 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, New Mexico Clean Air Moms have worked closely with the Governor on both federal and local issues through frequent meetings in Washington DC and in state 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 forward on a path towards 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 Clean Air Moms push Albuquerque to adopt citywide single use plastic ban.
Led by New Mexico Clean Air Mom, Ashley McKenna, Moms Clean Air Force is pushing the city of Albuquerque to adopt a ban on single use plastics. After Clean Air Moms and Kids delivered a presentation to the City Council on plastics, four councilmembers worked together to draft the “Clean and Green City Ordinance.” Moms Clean Air Force is organizing Albuquerque moms and families to garner strong support for the ban and ensure that it is passed by the City Council.
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 that affect the health of Latino children and families. Ecomadres is a collaboration between GreenLatinos and Moms Clean Air Force.
We host cafecitos around Albuquerque that provide opportunities for the community to discuss air quality and climate change. And it is not 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 will be holding the second Moms & Mayors Summit in Albuquerque in May of 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 6th 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 mile 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 co-pollutants, like benzene and VOCs, that can form smog, trigger asthma, and even cause cancer.
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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 “Zozobra Rising for the LWCF” with Senator Udall’s staff, National Wildlife Federation, Partnership for Responsible Business, Vet Voices, and 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 30th.
Field organizer, Celerah attended the Rally for Clean Air at the NM 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, Alex and Celerah 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 VW 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, NM.
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 tele-presser on Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Threat Map. Two moms were present on 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 & Santa Fe.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended a methane Town Hall featuring Senator Udall.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico collected GOTV 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, and ABQ Labor Day Picnic and 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 BLM 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 BLM methane rules curbing harmful methane emissions.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at Santa Fe Farmers Market and ABQ Railyards Market.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico held a roundtable focused on toxic chemical reform, which included speaker Senator Tom Udall.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in a press conference with Senator Tom Udall on TSCA reform.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and the NM Land Commissioner’s Office.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico participated in an Earth Day Service Project: Arroyo clean-up with Santa Fe Community Yoga Center.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico attended an Earth Day Community Event.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Super Mom house party.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Read-In at ABQ Main Library.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico hosted a Read-In at Santa Fe Main Library.
Moms Clean Air Force New Mexico educated parents at Meow Wolf Site in Santa Fe.
On February 16, 2016, Chelsey attended a hearing in Farmington at San Juan College. The hearing, put on by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provided community members the opportunity to offer their support for the methane standards proposed earlier this year. Those speaking in favor of the proposed rules outnumbered those in opposition by more than 2 to 1.
The BLM recently proposed standards that will reduce methane waste from oil and gas operations on public lands.
- 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