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Poll: Westerners Remain Strongly Supportive of Conservation Issues

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Thursday, February 16, 2023   

Climate change, pollution, effects from oil and gas drilling and a strong concern for protecting drinking water are just some of the issues New Mexicans cited as top concerns in a new conservation poll.

The Land of Enchantment was one of eight western states in which residents were asked about issues and policies related to the outdoors. The "State of the Rockies" poll has been conducted by Colorado College for the past 13 years.

Maite Arce, president and CEO of the Hispanic Access Foundation, said conservation is especially important to people of color, because they are being affected the most by the Colorado River crisis.

"When we talk about conservation, we're talking about much more than protecting land, waters and climate that surrounds us," Arce explained. "Conservation is also having to do with our health, the economy, work and social justice."

New Mexico is among seven Western states getting some of their water from the Colorado River. Distribution is guided by the 100-year-old Colorado River Compact. Late last month, participating states missed a federal deadline to agree on water use to meet the river's declining capacity. The decision is now in the hands of the federal Bureau of Reclamation.

In New Mexico, 85% of those polled support achieving a national goal of conserving 30% of land and inland waters in America and 30% of ocean areas by 2030.

Arce pointed out research shows communities of color are three times more likely to live in a nature-deprived place than their white counterparts.

"Nature's supposed to be a great equalizer," Arce observed. "In reality, however, American society distributes nature's benefits and the effects of its destruction and decline, unequally by race, income and age."

Arce also noted 87% of respondents said they support ensuring Native American Tribes have greater input into decisions made about areas on national public lands containing sites sacred or culturally important to their tribe.

Disclosure: The Hispanic Access Foundation contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Environment, Human Rights/Racial Justice, and Livable Wages/Working Families. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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