Beat the Heat
Thank you M.J. Wilde [“Hot, Hot, Hot,” July 25-31] for emphasizing the connection between this summer’s record heat and climate change. Wilde reflects that “Every year ‘eventually’ seems more like ‘now.’” And she’s right.
Climate change is no longer a far-off abstraction, a specter haunting hypothetical great grandchildren; it is a harsh, palpable reality tightening its grip. Fortunately the actions to combat climate change are also becoming increasingly obvious. There is a clear antagonist, the fossil fuel industry, and divestment from fossil fuels at the municipal and institutional levels is a vital first step in this battle. The Santa Fe Art Institute has set an example for divestment in our state, one that the City of Santa Fe is poised to follow. In Albuquerque, 350 New Mexico is fighting to divest UNM.
Divestment is only one of many measures necessary to curb the warming. If there is any hope of arresting Co2 emissions before runaway climate change makes life on earth as we know it impossible, then citizens must also rally en masse to force elected officials to make the climate their top priority now. Burqueños will do just this during “Rally at the Rio,” sponsored by 350.org, Audubon New Mexico, Organizing for Action, Wild Earth Guardians and fifteen other coalition organizations. The rally begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 3 at the northwest corner of Central and Tingley Drive. It is certain to be the largest climate action in the history of New Mexico, and likely all of the Southwest. It's time to activate locally and connect globally on the most significant issue of our or any time.