Climate Change

Climate Change and Global Warming

Hands Across the Sands in Albuquerque

Hands Across the Sands ABQ

On June 26, more than 75 New Mexicans participated in the world's largest gathering against offshore oil drilling...and for clean energy solutions NOW! To get involved, contact Shrayas Jatkar at

Clean-Energy Champion Gail Ryba Passes Away

Gail Ryba

At an Earth Day celebration in 2002 in Santa Fe, I spotted Gail Ryba riding her bike, wearing her ubiquitous yellow jacket. “So, Gail, how’d you like to take over for me as energy chair for the Rio Grande Chapter?” She replied, “Gee, I’m pretty busy with the bicycle coalition and the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy and raising a child.” “I know,” I said, “I always look for overextended activists.” “Okay, I’ll think it over.” The very next day Gail called me and agreed to be the energy chair, and thus began Gail’s short but effective stint as a Sierra Club activist.

Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #1: Flip That Switch

Green Plug

Sarah is a second grader in Las Cruces who is concerned enough about the effects that climate change will have on the planet that she is taking action to do something about it. Her principal agreed to let her regularly broadcast her “Green Tip of the Week” to the school about the problem and how kids can help. We think grownups can help, too, so we are pleased to introduce Sarah’s Green Tips here:

Congressional Action on Clean Energy & Climate Protection Needed Now

U.S. Capitol

Change the Politics, Not the Climate

More than a year has lapsed since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454, ACES Act), setting limits on climate change pollution and targets for a shift to clean, renewable electricity nationwide. All eyes have been on the U.S. Senate since then to follow suit with its own clean energy and climate protection plan.

Club Takes Strong Positions on Climate Change Actions

Earth Day Rally in DC

The Sierra Club is taking strong positions on climate change.

  • Pass an improved American Power Act
  • Implement Clean Energy Priorities
  • Offshore Drilling is Not the Answer
  • Clean Air Act Authority to Regulate Global Warming Pollution

Please read the attached briefs.

New Mexico Green Jobs Grow by 62%

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference banner

Headwater Economics reports that green jobs grew by 62% in New Mexico since 1995. This compares favorably to overall job growth in New Mexico of 13%. The Sierra Club recently sent 18 New Mexicans to the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington DC that will help support this strong growth in green, local jobs in the future.

Sierra Club Youth Attend Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference in Washington DC

Youth jump for joy at GJGJ conference

“I love nature.”
“I gotta work”
“I want good green jobs”

That was the rallying cry of the Sierra Club’s youth delegation at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference on May 4th – 6th. Representing dozens of communities in twenty states from across the country, 79 vibrant, green-minded young people descended upon Washington, DC demanding green jobs.

One Man Makes a Difference


Robb Thomson's persistance and vision are leading the state to implement new rules for it's utilities that will have a large impact on greenhouse gas emissions in the state. These new rules eliminate the utilities incentives to increase electricity usage.

Buckman Direct Diversion Project Adopts Landmark Renewable Energy Contract

Solar PV - by DVW

In 1Q 2009, David Van Winkle and Dexter Coolidge of the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club met with Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe City Councilors and Santa Fe County Commissioners to convince them to use renewable energy for the Buckman water project. It became a reality last week.

Conservation Groups Ask Federal Agencies to Require Nation's Biggest National Park Polluter to Clean Up

Coal - San Juan

Four Corners Coal Plant Causes Haze in Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and Other National Parks

Washington, D.C. — Conservation groups have asked federal agencies to require New Mexico's dirtiest coal-fired power plant to take measures to reduce its air pollution, and thereby lessen the amount of haze it causes in national parks and wilderness areas.

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