Juntos and CVNMEF Announce Launch of Latino Media Campaigns in Support of Strong Clean Power Plan for New Mexico

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Albuquerque, NM – In response to President Obama’s unveiling last week of the Clean Power Plan, Juntos: Our Air, Our Water, a Latino organizing program of Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund in partnership with League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, launched two simultaneous media campaigns to encourage Latinos to urge Governor Martinez to develop a strong state implementation plan that invests in solar and wind energy and energy efficiency.

“Climate change is real. It’s affecting our health, economy and safety and will only get more intense for future generations unless we take bold, immediate action,” said Vicente Garcia, Program Director of Juntos. “The Clean Power Plan is a significant step our country and state can take to address carbon pollution and climate change. These media campaigns present opportunities for our communities to send a message to our Governor that we expect her to implement a strong implementation of the Clean Power Plan in New Mexico that is rooted in clean energy.” Read the full press release and get a sneak peek at the campaigns by clicking here.>>

Join Us in Calling for Required Community Health Studies in Grants Mineral Belt Uranium Legacy Waste Communities

CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Organizer Talia Boyd is organizing in her community to require health studies in areas that continue to be impacted by uranium legacy waste. Stand in solidarity with these communities and join us by signing our petition.

The Grants Mineral Belt extends into McKinley, Cibola, Bernalillo, and Sandoval counties, including surrounding tribal communities. Since the 1940s, uranium extraction has occurred in the Grants Mineral Belt. The NM Mining and Minerals Division has identified 259 mining sites in NM that produced uranium, 137 of those with no record of any reclamation. There are also three uranium superfund sites in the region. Several mines were abandoned which now pose severe health risks of  and adverse environmental effects in nearby communities. A comprehensive health study of the Grants Mineral Belt communities has never been conducted. The state has no system in place to monitor health conditions as they relate to the uranium waste sites or industrial processes. By understanding the impacts industrial processes have on communities over time, health studies provide insight into community planning that supports sustainable development. Read and sign the full petition here.

CVNMEF is hiring a Program Director for our Latino Organizing Program Juntos! See the full job description and apply here.