Juntos and Community Partners Facilitate Conversation on Holidays and Energy Among Latino Community

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season and the increase in energy consumption that comes with it, Juntos, a program of Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF) and Chispa, along with community partners hosted an event with the local Latino community to discuss where energy comes from, how to conserve it, and holiday traditions that bring Latino families together.

According to the EPA, the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – about 1 million extra tons. This event served as an opportunity for several Latino families to express their concerns about energy conservation, the importance of renewable energy and environmental justice, including a strong state implementation of the Clean Power Plan here in New Mexico. Read the full press release>>



Require Community Health Studies in Grants Mineral Belt Uranium Legacy Waste Communities

Imagine knowing that a shift in the wind’s direction could poison the air you breathe with odorless, cancer-causing radon gas. For all of us, this would be a terrifying scenario. Unfortunately this scenario is all too real for many families living with legacy waste left behind by uranium companies in Western New Mexico.

At the same time, the state is considering opening its doors to new uranium mining. New Mexico also does not have a health baseline established – a critical tool that could help decision-makers monitor negative impacts that result from mining practices. That’s why this session, CVNM partnered with our allies to introduce legislation aimed at establishing a regional health baseline for the Grants Mineral Belt communities.

Urge our leaders to act now to support comprehensive community health studies in uranium legacy waste communities, and to prohibit any new uranium mining and processing. Sign the petition.>>

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