The Evolution of the Environmental Alliance of New Mexico

By Molly Sanders, CVNMEF Program Director

Each year, the Environmental Alliance of New Mexico (EANM) comes together to plan for the legislative session by unifying around key conservation policies. However, this year – 2017 – the coalition will be doing something a little different.

Environmental justice has always been a component of the coalition’s work. Moving forward, the coalition will be doing intentional work to transform that component into a core commitment of all the work that EANM does. That’s because EANM strives to embody the concept of integral ecology by working intentionally to have an environmental, economic, and social justice framework at its
center.

This means that the coalition will be doing an internal examination of its practices and policies to ensure that the way the group works together elevates justice at all levels, attracts and retains organizations working to address environmental injustice, and approaches work holistically. We believe that this will help EANM be better prepared to support policies that protect our families, communities, and environment in the 2018 legislative session, and beyond.

In addition to this work, the coalition will be designing a new common agenda for the 2018 legislative session. The nomination and vote process is expected to take place in the fall of 2017. The coalition is also preparing to engage in the interim committee process to educate legislators about the issues that impact the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health of our communities. Interim committees are expected to begin meeting in June 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the Environmental Alliance of New Mexico, please contact Molly Sanders at Molly@CVNM.org.