Two Weeks of Climate Action

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The Sierra Club,, Citizens Climate Lobby, Organizing for Action, The Great March for Climate Action, Albuquerque Pledge of Resistance, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light and New Energy Economy host and participate in an important array of hearings and events around New Mexico to create positive progress in protecting our families from climate disruption.

Two Weeks of Climate Action events:

May 4 through May 18: Science and Faith Forums
New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light and the Great March for Climate Action with scientist Connie Barlow and Rev. Michael Dowd present Science & Faith events. Contact: Click here for schedule of appearances at churches and elsewhere in Gallup, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos from May 4-18.

Tuesday, May 6:
What: Comment on BLM's management of area including Chaco Canyon and hot spots for oil and natural-gas fracking
5 p.m.: BLM Comment-writing workshop hosted by New Mexico Wilderness Association
6 to 7:30 p.m.: BLM Farmington District Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement Amendments
Where: New Mexico Museum of Natural History, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM

What: “Years of Living Dangerously” Watch Parties.
Shine a light on climate-science deniers
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown: Home at 901 Roma Ave NW, 87102 (capacity 20) RSVP at
Northeast Heights: home at 1512 Eagle Ridge Rd NE, 87122 (capacity 25).
RSVP at Contact: Tom Solomon, 505.328.0619,, & OFA

Wednesday, May 7:
What: Comment on BLM's regulation of methane leaks from natural-gas fracking and drilling. New studies show that methane escape during natural-gas extraction may cause as much greenhouse pollution as coal-fired power plants. Methane is a much stronger heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide, and containing the significant leaks from natural-gas operations can save money and make a significant climate impact.
When: Noon: Comment-writing workshop and pizza with the Sierra Club. 1 p.m.: BLM hearing
Where: National Indian Training Center, 1011 Indian School Road NW, Albuquerque NM
Contact: Camilla Feibelman,, 505.715.8388
Host: Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter

Friday, May 9:
What: Comment to Office of Surface Mining on Environmental Impact Statement Four Corners coal-fired power plant and Navajo Mine, which provides the plant's coal. The office has allowed only a short comment period for a huge document; clean-air advocates will ask for extension on the comment period to allow for better analysis of the environmental-impact statement, which appears to be a completely inadequate assessment of public-health impacts and economic liabilities for keeping Four Corners Coal Plant open for another 25 years.
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Silver and Turquoise Room. 2401 12th St. NW.

Saturday, May 10:
What: Albuquerque Great March for Climate Action Banner Procession.
The Great March for Climate Action left Los Angeles on March 1 and will arrive to Washington DC on Nov. 1. On May 10 the Marchers arrive in Albuquerque carrying banners of our local environmental organizations! To offer your banner to be carried contact
When: Gather at 10:15 a.m., Depart 10:30 a.m.
Where: Gather on Central Ave. at Unser Crossing parking area to walk 1½ hours to the site of the Climate Rally (see next entry)
Host: Great March for Climate Action, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter

What: Great March for Climate Action Rally
We will receive the Climate Marchers (see previous entry) and prepare for the Rally for Renewables at PNM’s Shareholders Meeting on May 15. Bring potent educational soundbites for sign-making!
When: Noon
Where: Washington Middle School Rec Field
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Contact: Anhi Rocheleau, 505.490.7031,, Great March for Climate Action
Host: Great March for Climate Action, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Southwest Organizing Project
Co-Host: Pledge,, NMIPL

Thursday, May 15
What: Rally for Renewables at PNM Shareholders meeting
As PNM plans to retire two coal units at the San Juan Generating Station, New Mexicans call on the utility to use renewable energy rather than fossil fuels as replacement power. People concerned about the effects of climate change on New Mexico and all around the world are gathering to call on PNM to ramp up its use of renewable energy.
When: 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Where: 414 Silver Ave SW #4, Albuquerque
Host:, Sierra Club, NEE, Janiece Jonsin. Co-Host: NMIPL, Great March for Climate Action, Pledge

What: A Buddhist & Jewish Conversation on Climate Stewardship with Joshin Brian Byrnes and Rabbi Nahum Ward Lev
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Temple Beth Shalom Main Sanctuary, 205 E. Barcelona Road Santa Fe

Saturday, May 17
What: Hands Across the Lands Against Keystone Pipeline
People, signs and a bullhorn focused on stopping the Keystone XL pipeline from damaging the climate and endangering our land and water. We will line the sidewalk on Central bordering the park. We will hand out fliers. Bring water and any snacks you or others might enjoy. We will be at Robinson Park approximately two hours.
When: Noon
Where: Robinson Park, Between Copper NW and Central on the North and South and between 8th and 10th streets NW on the east and west.
Contact: Guy Watson, 505-363-0215, Website: www.NOKXL.ORG
Host: Pledge of Resistance, Sierra Club

What: Santa Fe Great March for Climate Action Procession
The Great March for Climate Action left Los Angeles on March 1 and will arrive in Washington D.C. on Nov. 1. On May 17 the marchers arrive in Santa Fe carrying banners for our local environmental organizations!
Depart: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Depart from Aspen Magnet Community School, 450 La Madera Street (off Agua Fría Street); arrive at the Armada sculpture, Santa Fe Railyard Park, corner of Guadalupe and Cerrillos Road.
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Host: Great March for Climate Action, Sierra Club, the Life Cairn Project, Climate Change is Elementary

What: Santa Fe Great March for Climate Action Rally/Hands Across the Land.
Come learn from Climate Marchers and other speakers about specific climate issues!
When: 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Round Ramada, Santa Fe Railyards Park, corner of Guadalupe and Cerrillos Road
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Contact: Anhi Rocheleau, 505.490.7031,, Great March for Climate Action
Host: Great March for Climate Action

What: Santa Fe Green Festival
Northern New Mexico's green businesses and organizations are rolling out the green carpet for Santa Feans young and old at the Santa Fe Green Festival this May. In conjunction with the Santa Fe Farmers Market, festival-goers can experience new renewable-energy technologies, the latest in electric vehicles, organic food, water harvesting, interactive exhibits for kids and much, much more!
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1:30 to 4 p.m. Solar cooking, poetry reciting, and strumming with the climate marchers.
Where: Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino De La Familia, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501
Contact: Glenn Schiffbauer , 505-428-9123, Website:
Host: Green Chamber of Commerce, Great March for Climate Action

What: Great Climate March Evening Events (4 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.)
Youth Activities, Life Cairn Project, and A Night Around the Campfire, a near-zero-carbon-emitting event”
4-5 p.m. Youth Activities with Global Warming Express and the making of solar necklaces with New Energy Economy
5-6 p.m. food break
6-7 p.m. Music
7-8:30 p.m. Life Cairn Project.
7:20 p.m. Native ceremony and blessing by Picuris Pueblo Governor Richard Mermejo.
7:30 p.m. Building of the Life Cairn: Participants place stones to memorialize species gone extinct due to human activity, raise alerts about critically endangered species, human cultures and island nations.
Dance Movement around the labyrinth
8 p.m. Projection of images of extinct and threatened species on outdoor screen, accompanied by reading of extinct and threatened species and island nations.
8:30-9:40 p.m. “A NIGHT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE, a near zero-carbon emitting event” Gather around a digital campfire for a magical evening with Climate Marchers and other invited storytellers, intermixed with:
Re-Weave: A Carbon Draw-Down Choir, a participatory real-time community sound event incorporating local poetry, stories, musicians and singers. Come as you are and no experience necessary. You can listen or participate as you wish. Perhaps the first CARBON SANCTUARY choir in the country! Join composer/artistic director/storyteller/activist Molly Sturges of Littleglobe, UNM, COAL: Fable of the Firerock and The Academy for the Love of Learning for a totally unique response to climate stability in our region.
Where: Fort Marcy Park, Magers Field, Santa Fe
Contact: Anhi Rocheleau, 505.490.7031,,,,,
Host: Great March for Climate Action, the Life Cairn Project, Global Warming Express, Littleglobe, Climate Change is Elementary

Sunday, May 18
What: Marcher in the Church
When: morning
What: Climate Marchers from The Great March for Climate Action offer sermons and talks in various local churches. See the website for more details:,
Host: Great March for Climate Action

What: CCL at CCA: Sustainable Sunday Film Series
The first film to be presented Citizens’ Climate Lobby film series about climate change and fossil fuel, Above All Else is a documentary. The honored marchers from the Great March for Climate Action will participate in a panel discussion after the film. A personalized, prerecorded message from Bill McKibben to the marchers and the audience will be featured as well. Other organizations will be invited to provide literature at a table at each film, and possibly co-host. Suggested donation $5.
When: noon
Where: Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Santa Fe
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Contact: Paul Biderman or Janiece Jonsin/Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Host: Santa Fe Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Great March for Climate Action

Saturday, May 24
What: Taos Great March for Climate Action Procession & Rally.
Marchers to speak about their travels, inspiration, ideas, etc.
When: 2:45 p.m.
Where: Visitor Center on Pueblo del Sur, Rally to follow at a local park.
Music jam: local musicians join with the marchers to make music
Host: Great March for Climate Action, Amigos Bravos, TaDa! Taos Academy of Dance Arts!