Every year since our inception, Earth Care has hosted Earth Day events to continue to elevate the conversation around environmental racism, food access, and hold space for sustainability projects in the Santa Fe area. Check out this flashback (below) from Earth Day 2018.
In response to the climate emergency we face, our youth leaders created YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Crisis Action).
The purpose of YUCCA is to grow a youth-led intergenerational & intersectional grassroots climate justice movement in NM that is powerful enough to hold leaders accountable and force the passage of climate policies that address the science, move us swiftly toward carbon neutrality, and end our abusive dependence on fossil fuel extraction.
For the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day YUCCA is organizing in response to the global call to strike and is planning a community-wide action designed to engage the wider Santa Fe community and demonstrate widespread support for bold climate action.
The first Earth Day took place in 1970 marking an emerging awareness to the widespread degradation of the environment caused by capitalism and industrialization and its large scale pollution. People realized that it was important to act or else face the consequences to the environment and their communities' health. In 1970, 20 million people took to the streets, held teach ins, and went on pollution tours. Students walked out of schools and universities to show their desire for change. Eventually this led to establishing the Environmental Protection Agency and writing and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. These policies are critical tools for protecting our communities and they are being gutted by the current administration.
Not only do we need to make a showing of force to protect environmental regulations and make sure environmental justice is at the top of all elected officials' priorities -- we need to demand comprehensive policies to address the climate emergency - policies like the Green New Deal.
YUCCA and allies are answering the global call for a massive student and general strike and 3 days of direct action to create pressure on our elected officials - this April 22nd - 24th and we need you to join us!
2020 is going to be a critical year for change and we need to build our capacity to mobilize our communities - to take to the streets, to take to the polls, to develop community-driven policy proposals, and to hold our elected officials accountable once they are in office - whether they are the candidates we campaigned for, or their opposition. We know that we can only win progressive policies like the Green New Deal and our state-level demands if our politicians have no choice but to enact them.
Please mark your calendars, and tell all your friends - we've started the Climate Strike Planning process & we'd love for you to join us (see below for upcoming meeting dates). Commit to inviting 3-5 friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others to join you in becoming active members of the campaign.
- The declaration of a climate emergency and corresponding investment of human and financial resources across state departments to address fossil fuel dependence and identify opportunities to transition.
- The creation of a state just transition fund diverted from oil and gas revenue in order to immediately begin a comprehensive research and planning process to achieve carbon neutrality for our state no later than 2030. More than 40% of our current state budget is derived from oil and gas revenues. In order to transition our economy – alternative revenue sources need to be identified, modeled, and cultivated – this work needs to begin immediately. This fund will also provide resources for local communities and Indigenous Nations within New Mexico to invest in their own transition to carbon-neutrality.
- As a plan is developed, we believe a moratorium should be placed on all new fracking development. A new Study we co-commissioned from Oil Change International found that over 70% of new production will come from wells that have not yet been drilled, or ‘undeveloped’ oil and gas. This means that in 2030, 86% of projected emissions associated with New Mexico’s oil and gas activity - 478 million metric tons (MMT) — will come from burning currently undeveloped oil and gas. These emissions are equivalent to the annual emissions from 123 coal plants. We MUST find a way to keep these emissions in the ground.
- Commit to 100% renewables by 2030 in alignment with the timeline set by world scientists and the goals set by the national Green New Deal. Currently, our state has committed to 100% “carbon-free” electricity by 2045. We know that this protracted phase-out of coal and gas is unnecessarily long - renewables plus storage are cheaper than conventional electricity supplies TODAY. Further, we do not support the inclusion of nuclear energy which we do not see as a sustainable energy source given the unanswered waste storage question, the enormous health, environmental, and public safety risks, and our first-hand experience in New Mexico with the devastating legacy of uranium mining and radioactive waste disposal. Nuclear energy is also the most expensive form of energy on the market. You can read a speech we delivered on the issue of nuclear HERE.
- The passage of community-driven climate solutions like community solar. We are working to advance community solar and other policies that empower communities to implement aggressive climate goals, pursue the cost-saving of renewables, and utilize local control of energy supplies to generate sustainable economic development.