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Why does Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department issue an air pollution permit for yet another polluting industry in the Mountain View neighborhood without considering the cumulative impacts of all the existing industries which have disproportionately overburdened the South Valley with toxic and hazardous contamination? Why are decision-makers seriously considering approval of the 90,000-person Santolina development to be located miles away from the City of Albuquerque, without sufficient water resources and adding to the sprawling traffic pollution? Why can you and I see the serious impacts of the drought on the Rio Grande and its tributaries but decision-makers appear to continue business as usual? Why do developers seem to game the system when the rules are intended to protect the community?
There are answers to these questions, and it all comes down to level the playing field. We must elevate environmental rights on par with the other constitutional rights we cherish, such as freedom of speech and religion. Join the discussion and learn from the experts about the Green Amendment. Pennsylvania and Montana have added a Green Amendment to their state constitutions. New Mexico can too.
NM Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Terry Sloan, Director of the Southwest Native Cultures, and Maya Van Rossum, Founder of Green Amendments for the Generations, will be launching the inaugural Green Amendment Day on July 13th, followed by a discussion about the benefits of a Green Amendment to the New Mexico Constitution at the Progressive Democrats of America–Central New Mexico meeting on July 14th. Both virtual events are free and open to the public. Facebook invite https://fb.me/e/O65vuXOU