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NM Youth Protest Over Climate-Change Accountability

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023   

Today's young people will struggle most with the affects of climate change, and a New Mexico youth group brings its concerns to the streets of Albuquerque this week. The United Nations hosts its Sustainable Development Goals summit in New York City next week.

Some 2,000 miles away, Jonathon Juarez, an organizer with the group Youth United for Climate Crisis Action or YUCCA, said frontline communities in New Mexico pay the price daily for the state's record surplus of oil and gas. He says it is time the state demonstrates a commitment to true climate solutions.

"This isn't a one-time thing or something that we're just coming out for to join the rest of the world - this is very much an ongoing fight here in New Mexico that has movement every single month, and it's very, very important," he explained.

Juarez says supporters will gather at Robertson Park at 11:30 A-M, and then to march a downtown hotel to protest a conference being held there, called "Building an Advanced Energy Ecosystem in New Mexico," that includes some state lawmakers. He believes the conference focuses on "old, false solutions" advanced by the fossil fuel industry that won't move things forward in the long-term.

A new analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund projects that New Mexico will fall well short of achieving its climate goals. The data show the state will lower emissions by less than one-third of what is necessary to meet the 2030 commitment of 13% made by the governor. The state is missing many opportunities because the fossil-fuel industry has stalled an honest approach, according to Juarez.

"New Mexico has the third-highest untapped potential for solar, as well as the third-highest untapped potential for wind energy production in the country. So, you know, what we need to be doing is investing in the proven, renewable technology - true green, renewable energy production," Juarez continued.

He said YUCCA's protest and march will feature speakers on the pitfalls of false climate solutions and proposals for a People's Climate Plan that focuses on renewables, restoration and regenerative economic development.

Disclosure: Environmental Defense Fund contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Energy Policy, Environment, Public Lands/Wilderness. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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