Cultivating People Power

Public Outreach and EducationOur young partners from Earth Care's Youth Allies, Capital High's AVID program and the Global Warming Express raising their voices to call for renewable energy based replacement power at City Hall.

 

We organize thousands of diverse New Mexicans to participate in energy policy issues. Whether we are giving a presentation at a local high school, university, community college, faith gathering, or community event, we aim to inform and empower the voices that must be heard in the fight for a clean energy economy. We work closely with local political leaders, firefighters, solar installers, economists, scientists, youth, and students to publicly champion the switch from fossil fuels to renewables. Our organizing work involves everyone from elementary school students to health care professionals, and we work with individuals to help them develop compelling testimonies to be delivered at public hearings. We also collaborate with diverse groups to organize timely rallies and unified action.

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Sol not Coal Mural

Sol No Coal Mural

Harnessing the righteous energy of young artists, this 120 ft. Sol Not Coal mural graces the western wall of Warehouse 21, across from the street from the popular Santa Fe gathering place, the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.

John Santos, lead designer, professional artist and mentor, provides a positive environment where students gain art-making, community organizing, and leadership skills. The eight silhouettes depicted blanketing our world with solar are actual youth who have been photographed by Ann Staveley, and their images are wheat-pasted as part of the collage on the mural.

The high school and college-bound Santa Feans depicted have been selected for their outstanding leadership and commitment to securing a future without coal in New Mexico. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan presided over an “unveiling” of the mural and a celebration of positive civic engagement. This mural is a collaborative project between New Energy Economy, Earth Care Youth Allies, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Warehouse 21.

Youth Speak Out

Santa Fe youth speak out, asking Secretary Salazar to speak out for a plan for coal plant transition and an investment in solar and wind energy. Pollution at PNM’s San Juan coal-fired plant is so bad that the EPA has ordered PNM to install the most effective pollution controls available. But we don’t want PNM to waste ratepayers’ money by investing in old, dirty, and costly coal. We want Secretary Salazar to call for an investment in renewable energy solutions. These clean energy solutions will reduce carbon emissions, save water, stimulate jobs, eliminate many millions a year in public health care costs, and promote a meaningful future for young people!

 

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