We live in a beautiful place, this Earth. It is our simple obligation to leave it better than we found it, untrammeled, with wild places and room for all species. This is our challenge in a time unlike any other where the fate of our home hangs by a thread.

Over the summer we will organize ourselves, take a stand, and help to build a society living in harmony with the natural world.

These are the goals of the campaign for the environment:

1. Protect public lands and wilderness

2. Protect endangered species and wildlife

3. Stop climate change

4. Ensure clean air and clean water

5. Adopt sustainable technologies

Here are some of the specific actions we should pursue:

  1. Read the 'Monday Mission' on the website and comment to the appropriate rule-making agencies.

  2. Encourage the Jemez Electric Coop to move to renewable sources of energy.  This has evolved into a separate campaign. Visit the page here. 

  3. Divest from and boycott those companies whose actions we oppose.  We vote with our pocketbooks every day. 

  4. Organize projects which involve the local community in sustainable energy, agriculture, land use, and environmental justice. Support local farms and healthy alternatives. An example of this is our involvement in the campaign to end the spraying of poisons along our highways. More on this can be found below and in the Front Page summaries.

  5. Educate ourselves on the history of the area, our roots in the land and ways to bridge our three cultures. Participate in the art and culture of Northern New Mexico.

  6. Distribute information supporting public lands and wildlife at public events. Demonstrate in the streets. Apply pressure on public officials and elect those who value the environment.

If you feel our environment is important enough to set aside your ordinary routine and share your energy and commitment, then join us. Contact Lee Goodwin at goodwin@operamail.com. Together we can turn the tide.

Roadside Herbicide Spraying

The NM DOT sprayed Roundup and 2-4D along NM 68 in Velarde, Embudo, and Rinconada on June 19th, 20th, and 21st. Because there was no warning or signage, many of our neighbors were made ill by driving through this toxic fog.  In addition, the spray came alarmingly close to the Rio Grande there, and in Espanola, where it is obvious that the truck sprayed from the bridges over the river. These shots were taken August 7th on the north bridge (SR 584, West Fairview). I couldn't see any evidence on the middle bridge, but on Paseo de Onate (Santa Clara Bridge) you see the same brown foliage. Look how close it came to the water in the second photo.



The two lower photographs were taken by Hannah-Leigh Bull on August 15th near Mendanales. You tell me what the spraying here was intended to accomplish.

Here is a link to the spray schedule for that period so you have an idea of what might have been used.

Here is the fact sheet distributed at the community forum in Dixon. It summarizes some of the concerns about the use of Roundup and 2,4-D.